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Three Algerian satellites successfully launched by India

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) has announced that three Algerian satellites – Alsat-1B, Alsat-2B and Alsat-1N – have been successfully launched on 26 September 2016 by an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated PSLV C35, from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Sriharikota site, known as the Satich Dahwan …

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Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission, bids farewell after rendezvous with comet Chury

Bern, 27 September 2016 – Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016. The University of Bern, which played an important role namely with on-board instruments such as Rosina, is organising a farewell event on Friday 30 September as …

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Thuraya lecture forms part of UAE space-based workforce development program

Leading UAE based mobile satellite service operator, Thuraya Telecommunications organized a lecture and workshop at Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation and Security Solutions at Masdar City, Abu Dhabi. The event was held for participants of the recently launched Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program by the UAE Space Agency …

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Turkey claims it is ready to launch space agency, but seems no further than where it was five months ago

The Turkish Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan, told Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak Online on 23 September 2016 that the government in Ankara is ready to establish the Turkish Space Agency once parliament has debated and approved the draft bill authorising its creation. Mr. Arslan said, “We continue …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Hussein Oteifa of SES

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The second of these interviews is with Hussein Oteifa, Commercial General Manager for the Middle East at SES. SES is one of the most active satellite operators in the Middle East …

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The #SpaceWatchME IBC 2016 Interviews: Bruno Dupas of Kratos

SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews during the International Broadcast Convention 2016 in Amsterdam earlier this month. The first of these interviews is with Bruno Dupas, President of Kratos Integral Systems Europe. Tell us why the Middle East market is so important to Kratos? The Middle East is …

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German space initiative “Die Astronautin” takes off – getting Women into Space

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was seized upon by over  400 women when they were given the chance to become the first German female astronaut. On 14 September 2016, more then 70 of these were selected for the next stage of evaluation. Our colleagues at Sputnik news wrote about the inspiring event: The view of Earth from …

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New funding programme to serve as launch pad for Swiss space start-ups

This autumn, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Education (SERI) will open an ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) in Switzerland. In addition to technical expertise and business-development support, ESA BIC Switzerland will also provide start-ups with up to EUR 500,000 in …

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Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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