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UAE cooperates with NASA on astronaut training

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to foster its international network and cooperates with NASA to train four Emirati astronauts, the news agency WAM reported on 21 September. “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced …

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Dubai sees major growth potential for UAE from space economy

Dubai, 15 September 2020. – Space industry could become one of the United Arab Emirate (UAE)’s most promising sectors and a key pillar of economic growth over the next 50 years, a whitepaper released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry concluded. The report, titled ”Space Economy Investment Opportunities for …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Fahad Al Mheiri” On 6 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Fahad Al Mheiri, Acting Executive Director – Space Sector United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) in the United Arab Emirates.  This event will take place on 6 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Fahad Al Mheiri will discuss recent developments and updates in the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: New Space – Overview and investment Trends

by Malak Trabelsi Loeb Humankind’s interest in space is not a new phenomenon. [1] It is by nature that man pursues his endeavors to explore new dawns which evolved with his evolution, despite its associated risks [2]. Historically, human space exploration was initiated by the Soviet Union with the Sputnik launch into …

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IEC Telecom sees connectivity boom on leisure vessels despite crisis

Dubai, 8 September 2020. – Demand for data traffic in the maritime leisure sector is increasing during the Covid-19 pandemic as crews, operators and passengers are asking for remote high-speed connectivity onboard vessels, the satcom specialist and satellite communication service provider IEC Telecom said. “(Y)achts are becoming increasingly attractive remote offices for …

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UAE’s planned city on Mars gets help from university on radiation research

Abu Dhabi, 7 September, 2020. – A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE’s ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project …

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Gilat and Comtech in litigation over Gilat acquisition

Gilat Satellite Networks, a leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, filed a complaint against Comtech Telecommunications over the acquisition of Gilat by Comtech, rejecting earlier Comtech “allegations” in a Comtech complaint against Gilat. In its Q2 results announcement on 31 August 2020, Gilat stated: “The acquisition of Gilat by …

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L3Harris selected by Airbus for next-gen satellite antenna

L3Harris Technologies (NYSE:LHX) has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to build a space reflector antenna for a next-generation satellite which will provide mobile telecommunication services throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. The geostationary satellite, owned and operated by Yahsat/Thuraya, will carry an L-band payload that will …

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Gilat posts lower revenues and loss, but confident for second half 2020

Gilat Satellite Networks, a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, today reported its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. Key Financial Highlights are: Revenues for Q2 2020 totaled $38.3 million compared with $59.7 million for Q2 2019. Q2 2020 – GAAP operating loss was …

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Yahsat Boosts Thuraya’s Next-Gen Capabilities

Airbus has been selected by Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s leading global satellite operator, to build Thuraya 4-NGS, the next-generation mobile telecommunications system that will drive the continued advancement of Thuraya’s L-band business. Thuraya 4-NGS will deliver higher capabilities and flexibility while increasing capacity and coverage across …

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