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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Thomas Van den Driessche of Newtec

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Thomas Van den Driessche, Chief Executive Officer at Newtec. They discuss the Middle East satellite market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business.  Newtec is one of the biggest satellite communications companies in the …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Samer Halawi of Thuraya

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya. They discuss the Middle East satellite market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business. Thuraya is set to diversify the business and to disrupt the industry with …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Markus Fritz of Eutelsat

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Markus Fritz, Director of Commercial Development and Marketing, at Eutelsat. They discuss the Middle East satellite market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business. Eutelsat is one of the satellite operators in the Middle …

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Op’ed: Dubai Declaration: A Long-Term Vision for Space

Dubai and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre hosted the UN High Level Forum ‘Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development’ last week. 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 space and the Dubai …

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Iran and China defence and intelligence cooperation: the space dimension

The recent visit to Tehran by China’s defence minister, Chang Wanquan, is the latest indicator of increasing defence and intelligence cooperation between Iran and China, as each country’s strategic, economic, and geopolitical goals align in Eurasia as well as the Middle East. Iran is thought to be interested in acquiring …

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Op’ed: Space in Europe: we are living in exciting times!

Europe is about to make key decisions that will affect its place in space for the coming years. Through its flagship projects, both current and future, it will strive to ensure that it remains a strong and influential player. Vera Pinto Gomes, Policy Analyst at the EU Satellite Navigation Programme, gives her …

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UK Space: Commercial and scientific excellence under political uncertainty

The UK space sector has made great strides over the past several years, and has established a strong network of partnerships throughout the Middle East. Yet the British decision to exit the European Union poses many challenges for the UK space and satellite industry. SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson examines …

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UAE National Space Policy: An initial assessment

As part of the new 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. Reproduced here is Michael’s commentary on the recently completed UAE National …

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