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UAE’s MBRSC Shortlists 15 Space Startups As Part Of “Innovation Challenge”

WAM/SWGL – The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has shortlisted 15 space technology startups for its “Innovation Challenge,” as part of its participation in the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition’s (GITEX) Future Stars. One of the largest events for startups and entrepreneurs in the region, GITEX Future Stars is …

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Israel’s Gilat And Brazil’s Hispamar To Launch Satellite Broadband In Brazil

Israel’s Gilat and Brazil’s Hispamar have announced a partnership that will launch satellite-based broadband services throughout Brazil in order to expand Internet access and bridge the Digital Divide. The plan, announced by both companies in an event held in São Paulo as part of the Futurecom fair, will offer a …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Receives $2 Million From ISA; SpaceX Launch Deferred To January 2019

Israel’s Space Agency (ISA) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology announced on 10 October 2018 that they will support the Lunar projects of the SpaceIL organization with up to U.S.$2 million in funding. SpaceIL is an Israeli startup founded in 2010 by engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and …

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UAE’s MBRSC Conducts Pre-Launch Tests On KhalifaSat At Japan’s Tanegashima

A team from the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has successfully completed pre-launch tests in Japan of the Earth observation system KhalifaSat, the first satellite to be entirely built in the UAE by Emirati engineers. KhalifaSat has been successfully installed into its launch vehicle, H-IIA, and it is …

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Virgin Group Cuts Off Space Investment Talks With Saudi Arabia Amidst Khashoggi Murder Allegation

The Virgin Group, the parent company of Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, has withdrawn from all discussions over a U.S.$1 billion investment in its space activities with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) following the alleged torture and murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in …

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Satellite Vu to attend GITEX and showcase ground-breaking technology

Pioneering NewSpace company, Satellite Vu, will take part in GITEX Future Stars, the fastest growing start-up event in MENA and Southeast Asia. Satellite Vu, an earth observation company with a difference, is preparing to provide a disruptive service that will enable governments and organisations to take on the enormous challenge …

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UAE’s MBRSC And European Space Agency Sign Astronaut Training Agreement

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the European Space Agency (ESA) to define frameworks for potential cooperation in space science and technology and capacity building for human spaceflight activities. This took place on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) …

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France’s CNES Opens Representative Office in Abu Dhabi

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), has opened a liaison and representative office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, marking deeper and strategic relations in space matters between the French agency and the UAE Space Agency. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the representative office, …

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Saudi Arabia’s KACST Completes SaudiSat-5A And -5B Earth Observation Satellites

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has developed and manufactured SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B, two high-resolution Earth observation satellites to be launched later this year from China. SaudiSat-5A and -5B are the second generation of Saudi-made Earth observation satellites, replacing SaudiSat-2 (launched in 2004) and SaudiSat-3 (launched …

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Israel’s IAI Developing Nanosatellite Constellation For Persistent Overhead Reconnaissance

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is developing a large constellation of Earth observation nanosatellites to provide persistent overhead reconnaissance and ballistic missile early warning over countries and areas of concern to Israeli national security, as a supplement to Israel’s existing satellite reconnaissance capabilities and U.S. ballistic missile early warning satellites. According …

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