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Space42 formed from merger of Bayanat and Yahsat

Participants in the signing image, from left to right: Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-Founder of ICEYE, Hasan Al Hosani, CEO of Bayanat, Ali Al Hashemi, Group CEO of Yahsat

Space42 has been unveiled as the new brand for the enlarged entity following the announcement of the proposed merger of Bayanat and Yahsat earlier this week. The proposed merger will focus on AI-powered space technology in the MENA region. The companies believe that the combined entity will be optimally positioned to capture regional and international opportunities in geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications, and business intelligence. 

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Space Cafè Radio – Es’hailSat ep. 1 Mr. Hamad Al-Mannai

Hamad Al-Mannai, the Vice President of Commercial at Es'hailSat, shares the company's story and its achievements in a conversation with Emma, the Editor in Chief of SpaceWatch Global. The company was founded in 2010 with the aim to provide Qatar with independent satellite capabilities and contribute to Qatar's National Vision 2030.

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World Space Forum 2023 – Space Bridge announcement

SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Dr. Emma Gatti describes Space Bridge. UNOOSA Director Aarti Holla-Maini announces the creation of Space Bridge, a new UNOOSA initiative aimed at bridging the knowledge gap within the sector and bringing different stakeholders together to compare problems and find answers for the significant challenges of the domain

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World Space Forum 2023 – Recap of day two

The day two of the World Space Forum 2023 at UNOOSA in Vienna was fully packed with interesting and informative panels and events. Dr. Emma Gatti and Torsten Kriening give a short review of this day, starting with a panel moderated by Emma, followed by a high level panel on sustainability moderated by the Director of UNOOSA, Aarti Holla-Maini. Torsten summarises the panel about the Summit of the Future and highlights the Space Cafe Podcast live recording.

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Thuraya Launches new generation Satellite and Cellular Phone

Thuraya's Sharjah gateway. Credit Thuraya

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, the mobility arm of the UAE’s Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (YAHSAT) announced on the 13th of December that it is releasing a new generation version of its XT-PRO DUAL satellite phone. The phone is a dual-mode, dual-SIM satellite-cellular phone that allows users to move in and out of terrestrial coverage and seamlessly connect with ease, regardless of their location. It has been developed to meet the needs of a growing market and was upgraded to support terrestrial 4G LTE networks for flexible connectivity.

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Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente: Ella Barak – The “new” Dual use of space technologies in other industries

In the second episode of season 2 of Space Café Israel, Meidad Pariente is in conversation with Ella Barak, the Director of the ASTRA accelerator at Starburst Aerospace.  Could you reveal a personal aspect that hasn't been included in your LinkedIn profile, giving us a peek into a lesser-known facet of your life? I'm a proud mother of three young boys, and they are my primary motivation behind many of my personal and professional decisions. They are my guiding stars in many daily decisions and during my career path.

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Iran aims to test astronaut-ready space capsules by March

Iranian Space Agency completed conceptual design of manned spacecraft. Credit Iranian Space Agency

Iran is aiming to launch astronauts into space using domestically developed technology by the end of 2029 Eisa Zarepour, Communication Minister stated in a post on the Iran Virasty social media site on Sunday. "In line with the implementation of the ten-year document of the country's space industry, the 'Life in Space' program has been revived and soon, God willing, the suborbital tests of the new generation 'bio-capsule' will be completely Iranian," he said.

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