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Thuraya and Telespazio Sign Partnership Agreement for Global Distribution

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE’s Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), has signed a partnership agreement with Telespazio, a joint venture between Leonardo (67%) and Thales (33%), to distribute its products and services worldwide. Telespazio customers in critical sectors such as government, maritime, energy and relief …

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Momentus and EnduroSat Announce Two Service Agreements

Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and EnduroSat, the European designer of spacecraft for business applications and space exploration missions, announced two separate service agreements. The 6U and 1U CubeSats will launch February 2021 on the second Vigoride demo mission onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Shared …

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UNOOSA and UAE Space Agency announce agreement to advance space sustainability

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Space Agency digitally signed an agreement today to increase collaboration on the long-term sustainability of space activities and promote the use of space for sustainable development. Space exploration is booming more than 80 countries have launched …

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Lockheed Martin Partners With TAQNIA To Build New Satellite Ground System For KSA

Following the successful launch and operation of Saudi Arabia’s newest commercial communications satellite, SaudiGeoSat-1 (SGS-1), Lockheed Martin has been selected to develop a new ground system to control, manage and operate the satellite. The Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) and Lockheed Martin will develop and deploy the new …

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Oman Solicits Requirement Bids For Communications Satellite

The Sultanate of Oman’s Space Communication Technologies LLC (SCT) issued on 3 June 2020 an invitation for consultancy bids to help the company determine the requirements for Oman’s first communications satellite. SCT is mandated by the government of the Sultanate of Oman to oversee the all of the necessary work …

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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Five Thoughts On The Artemis Accords, And Another One For Israel

By Dr. Deganit Paikowsky Last week, NASA released “The Artemis Accords: Principles for a Safe, Peaceful and Prosperous Future.” The aim of the Artemis program, according to NASA, is to “[L]and the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, heralding in a new era for space …

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Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe Due To Launch On 15 July

The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, announced the scheduled launch of its Mars Hope Probe in a 495,000,000km journey to reach and orbit the Red Planet. The countdown to the launch begins after the probe’s successful transfer from the UAE to Japan, in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon Junk – Responsible Management Of Lunar Orbital Debris

By Yoav Landsman in collaboration with Catrina Melograna We have much to gain by making the Moon humankind’s next destination. We can practice living and working on another world, operate autonomous machines from great distances, and utilize the natural local resources. It is a natural step on our way to …

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