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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Here’s how the Emirati astronauts get fit and focused for the UAE’s first mission to space

The UAE’s first astronaut, Major Hazza Al Mansouri, takes off for the eight-day mission on September 25 at 5.56pm. When his spacecraft docks with the International Space Station (ISS) at midnight, he will become the first Arab to set foot there.

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

On Friday (23 August 2019), I published a short essay on the emerging Asian space race in The Nikkei Asian Review. I believe that the emerging space dynamics especially in Asia will spur new competition as well as cooperation. For example, India and Japan unite over Beijing's moon landings and anti-satellite weapons and find new avenues to collaborate including in joint lunar missions in the future.

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Launching the next space era in Norway

Norway is a small but vibrant space nation. For decades sounding rockets have been launched from Andoya, K-SAT operates a global network of ground stations, and a number of small and large Norwegian satellites are in orbit.

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Val Munsami of South African National Space Agency

Formed in 2010, the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has been making huge strides forward. Though the Agency was only founded nine years ago, South Africa's involvement in space goes back to the second half of the 20th century, with projects that included observing the Earth’s magnetic field at stations around Southern Africa.

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Space Law Games at the 4th Global Space Traffic Management Workshop

The STFC/Lockheed Martin Global Space Traffic Management Workshop hosted by the Royal Edinburgh Observatory is taking place in Edinburgh 26-29th August 2019. It is the fourth in what has become an annual series of events that bring together invited groups of international participants with expertise in the range of topics that relate to the development of a global system for Space Traffic Management (STM).

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