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UAE’s Thuraya Showcases EnergyComms At IPTC 2020 In Saudi Arabia

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), announced on 13 January 2020 that it is participating in the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Visitors to IPTC 2020 will be able to view and test Thuraya’s …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Launch UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency announced its collaboration with the Abu Dhabi-based global innovation hub, Krypto Labs, to launch the UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme, which aims to maximise the growth of space technology start-ups with New Space, the rising private spaceflight industry. The programme falls under the purview of the National …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Adrian Zevenbergen and Skye Boag of European Space Imaging

European Space Imaging is a leading supplier of high-resolution satellite imagery to customers in Europe, North Africa and CIS. The company was founded in 2002 and is based in Munich, Germany. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening had the chance to speak with Managing Director Adrian Zevenbergen at SpaceTechExpo Europe in Bremen about …

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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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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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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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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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IAI Wins Bid To Build Dror-1 Communications Satellite For Israeli Government

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) will develop and build Israel’s national communication satellite, the “Dror 1.” The Dror 1 is intended to meet the satellite communication needs of Israel for the next 15 years. The Dror 1 is comprised primarily of local Israeli technologies developed at IAI, including an advanced digital …

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Egypt Opens Astronaut Selection Competition In Middle East Human Spaceflight Rush

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency, Mohammed el-Qousy, announced on 25 December 2019 that the agency will launch a nationwide, six-year long competition to select Egypt’s first astronaut. Addressing a delegation of the Education and Scientific Research Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, el-Qousy said that the selection …

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UAE’s MBRSC Showcases Research At 2019 American Geophysical Union Meet

A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), along with university students who are part of a space science research programme affiliated with the centre, participated in the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019. The meeting is the largest annual international gathering related to …

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