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UAE Leaders Autograph Mars Hope Probe Prior To July 2020 Launch

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that that UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh …

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Kazakh Parliament Approves Baikonur Cosmodrome Amendments With Russia, Land Return

The lower house of the Kazakh parliament approved legislation in December 2019 that amends Kazakh-Russian space cooperation at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Kyzylorda region of southwest Kazakhstan, as well as the return to Kazakhstan of four areas of land leased by Russia around the large launch complex. Kazakhstan leases …

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Saudi Arabia In Space Cooperation Talks With Kazakhstan And South Korea

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is understood to be in separate talks with Kazakhstan regarding space cooperation, and South Korea regarding economic cooperation in satellite manufacturing and applications, according to Saudi and regional press reports. Discussions in separate meetings were held in Saudi Arabia during December 2019, and signal another …

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Indonesia In Talks With Russia To Launch First Astronaut

Indonesia is understood to be in talks with Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, about the possibility of Russia training and launching the Southeast Asian country’s first astronaut. This makes Indonesia the latest country to be in talks with Russia about its human spaceflight ambitions, with Turkey, Hungary, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, …

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UAE’s Sharjah Hosts Emirati-Japanese Workshop On Space Exploration

The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology at Sharjah University hosted a joint Emirati-Japanese workshop on planetary exploration, in cooperation with the UAE Space Agency, the Chiba Institute of Technology and CITJAMSS. The workshop aimed to introduce the UAE’s key developments and achievements in the global space sector …

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Kleos Space’s Scouting Mission To Be Launched On Upcoming ISRO PSLV C49 Mission

Kleos Space has announced that its Kleos Scouting Mission will be launched on board an Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C49 mission from Chennai, India, in early 2020. The exact date and time of the launch has yet to be formally announced, but Kleos Space …

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Israel’s Spacecom Appoints Itzhak Shnaiberg As Interim CEO

Following the retirement of David Pollack on 1 January 2020, Israel’s Spacecom has announced the appointment of Itzhak Shnaiberg as the company’s interim chief executive officer. Shnaiberg has worked for Spacecom since the early 1990’s and was the company’s Chief Financial Officer between 1996 and 2006. Shnaiberg has served as …

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Azerbaijan’s AzerCosmos Reports $40.6 Million Revenues In 2019, Space Talks With Russia In January 2020

AzerCosmos, the Azerbaijani satellite operator, reported revenues of U.S.$40.6 million for the period of January to November 2019, a 69 percent increase over the same period in 2018, when the company generated revenues of just U.S.$25.6 million. According to AzerCosmos, 89 percent of its 2019 revenues were generated abroad in …

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South Korea’s KAI To Build Three Remote Sensing Satellites By 2025

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on 31 December 2019 that South Korea’s largest aerospace company, the Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), has announced that it will build three remote sensing satellites with the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) by 2025. KAI and KARI will jointly develop and build the …

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