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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Quo Vadis CabSat 2018

Is the Middle Eastern satellite broadcasting market ripe for disruptive innovation? With new methods of content delivery through social media and mobile devices, and the advent of Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain technologies, ThorGroup’s Torsten Kriening argues that satellite broadcast companies operating in the region have little reason to feel …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Want Faster Data and a Cleaner Planet? Start Mining Asteroids

How do we kickstart a space-based economy that includes everything from communications, orbiting satellites, clean energy, and asteroid mining? Here, planetary scientist Philip Metzger of the University of Central Florida lays out a proposed roadmap to get there. This essay was originally published by Aeon on January 9, 2018, and is …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Spacepower and Sea Control in the South China Sea and Beyond

The recent announcement by China to orbit ten Earth observation satellites to solidify its sovereign claim for the South China Sea is a harbinger of the competitions to come for the control of other vital strategic waters across the globe. ThorGroup’s Chairman and President, Dr. John B. Sheldon, examines this phenomenon …

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#SpaceWatchME Review of 2017 – A Year in Content

Wow. It’s been a busy year at SpaceWatch Middle East, but it’s also been a very rewarding one as the team has seen the platform grow form literally nothing to a publication that has earned a following that we could never have dreamed of and interest from all over the …

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The Precis: China’s Tiangong-1 space station

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner, SpaceWatch Middle East is occasionally publishing select articles from The Précis. Reproduced here are Michael’s …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Chris Welch of Moon Village Association

“The paradigm shift that we see today in space activities is best encapsulated by the term ‘Space 4.0’, and the ‘Moon Village’ concept seeks to transform this paradigm shift into a set of concrete actions and create an environment where both international cooperation and the commercialisation of space can thrive.” …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Outcome of the High Level Forum Dubai 2017

UAE Space Agency and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre Dubai hosted the UNOOSA High Level Forum ‘Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development’ in November 2017. SpaceWatch Middle East asked Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, to gives his take on the UN’s long-term vision in …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Gernot Groemer of Austrian Space Forum

Since 2006, the Austrian Space Forum has been conducting simulated expeditions to Mars. Known as ‘analogue simulations’, these enable the Austrian Space Forum and its many partners, to anticipate what human and robotic exploration of the Mars will be like, to test out prototype spacesuits and to develop new concepts …

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#SpaceWatchME Q&A: Synergy Moon

Google Lunar XPrize competitor, Synergy Moon, is an international coalition of members that encompass and merge the arts and sciences. With a spirit of social entrepreneur meets extreme adventurer, Synergy Moon is focused on using science, technology, arts, and mathematics for on-the-ground changes that benefit the entire human family. Synergy Moon represents …

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