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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: UK – The Next Space Hub

The UK space sector is on the cusp of entering a new and golden age. As a country, the UK already has a thriving space sector with leading companies that have pioneered the small satellite industry, for example. Now, however, with the announcement of the first spaceport to be built …

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Egypt Receives $45 Million Grant From China For EgyptSat-2 Earth Observation Satellite Completion

The Chinese government has provided Egypt with a U.S.$45 million grant for the completion of the EgyptSat-2 Earth observation satellite. The grant was given at a signing ceremony held in Cairo on 13 August 2018 involving Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and the Chinese ambassador to …

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UAE’s Yahsat Partners With Tanaza To Provide Wi-Fi Solution To Remote Areas

UAE’s Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered commercial satellite communications operator, has partnered with Tanaza to launch a new enterprise Wi-Fi solution for reliable service in remote areas, further helping to bridge the digital divide in many parts of the world. Through Yahsat’s subsidiary company YahClick, the YahClick Wi-Fi Enterprise Solution will …

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Iran’s Cyber Threat Increasing Says Accenture Report

U.S. cyber security company Accenture assesses that Iran is likely to carry out cyber-attacks against other Middle Eastern countries, as well as Europe and the United States, if it comes under extreme economic pressure. With a sclerotic economy and the recent imposition of tough U.S. sanctions following Washington’s withdrawal from …

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UAE Space Agency Completes Space Investment Strategy For Emirati New Space Economy

The UAE Space Agency is wrapping its Space Investment Strategy that should provide the regulatory environment necessary to attract local and foreign investments into the Emirati commercial space sector, making the UAE a regional and hemispheric hub for New Space activity. Speaking in an interview with UAE newspaper, The Khaleej …

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Qatar’s Es’HailSat Purchases Satellite It Shared With Eutelsat

Qatar’s Es’hailSat satellite communications company has purchased outright the satellite it has been sharing with Eutelsat – EUTELSAT-25B/Es’hail-1 – taking full control of the satellite now just named Es’hail-1. The purchase comes as the Qatari company awaits the launch later this year of Es’hail-2, built by Japanese satellite manufacturer Mitsubishi …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Daniel Campbell of Effective Space

UK-based Effective Space is set to launch its first Space Drone spacecraft in 2020 which will introduce life extension services to satellite operators. The company has received very encouraging feedback on its plans and other potential lines of business such as accommodating new constellations in LEO. SpaceWatch.Globals Editor-in-Chief Helen Jameson …

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Turkish Minister Varank Insists Turkey’s Space Agency Will Be Established This Year

The Turkish minister for Science, Industry, and Technology, Mustafa Varank, said on 7 August 2018 that the Turkish government will establish the Turkish Space Agency this year in order to coordinate the country’s space activities and manage international cooperation and relations. “The Turkish Space Agency will be founded this year …

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UAE’s Circle Aerospace Gives Rocket Lab Ten Satellite Launches Deal

Rocket Lab, the U.S.-headquartered New Space satellite launch company that puts small satellites into orbit from New Zealand, has announced that it has signed an agreement with Dubai-based Circle Aerospace for ten Electron SLV launches starting at the end of 2019. Headquartered in Dubai, Circle Aerospace is a new turnkey …

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