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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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NewRocket proposes power gel-fueled “green” rocket

Luxembourg, 1 December 2020. – Propelling innovation: the Israeli startup NewRocket develops a new gel-fueled space engine that is “powerful, controllable and environmentally friendly”, the company said. The “groundbreaking PowerGel-propellant offers green propulsion, without compromising on high performance and full active thrust control,” NewRocket claims. “(T)he gel propellant is safe …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ali Al Hashemi of Thuraya – “Laser-focused”

Thuraya, leader in mobile satellite services based in the UAE, announced a few weeks ago the order of the new Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk to Thuraya’s CEO Ali Al Hashemi. Markus Payer: When you ordered your next big satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS, you …

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Astrobiology Journal features findings of simulated Mars mission

Paris, 17 November 2020. – The Astrobiology Journal has published the findings of the international simulated Mars mission AMADEE-18, which took place in February 2018 in the desert of Oman. From February 1 to 28, 2018, the Austrian Space Forum lead the mission in the Dhofar region in the Sultanate …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NASA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

by Anushka Sharma, Founder – Naaut For the first time, water has been discovered on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places. On 26 October 2020, Scientists using NASA’s telescope on an …

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Frontex selects Airbus and Heron for maritime surveillance

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex contracted Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a long-endurance maritime aerial surveillance system for the Mediterranean Sea, Airbus announced. The service includes the provision of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) platform and all necessary …

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Thuraya to launch SatTrack to track and monitor fishing vessels

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – The mobile satellite operator Thuraya launches a cloud-based tracking and monitoring service for fishing vessels, the company announced. Thuraya SatTrack provides interactive, real-time fleet tracking to monitor vessels, the Dubai-based operator said. It enables operations with detailed maps, up-to-date weather layers, real-time fish-catch reports and …

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University of Texas cooperates with UAE on space topics

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – The University of Texas at Austin, U.S., cooperates with the National Space & Science Technology Centre of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University on space science and research, the university said. The two universities commit to collaborate “across a range of areas including space debris mapping, radio …

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