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Vega Launch Vehicle Experiences Major Launch Anomaly, Loses UAE Spacecraft

The Vega rocket delivering the Falcon Eye 1 earth observation satellite to space for the UAE, has suffered what has been described as a “major anomaly”, resulting in the loss of both the rocket and the satellite. Approximately two minutes after the Vega launcher’s liftoff from the Spaceport in French …

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Firefly Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries Enter Exclusive Agreement for U.S. Commercialization of Lunar Lander Technology

Firefly Aerospace has announced that it has signed an Intellectual Property and Engineering Support Agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for technology based on its Beresheet Lunar Lander. Firefly Aerospace is one of the nine companies selected by NASA to participate in the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to …

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Virgin Galactic and Social Capital Hedosophia Announce Merger

Virgin Galactic (VG) and Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH), a public investment vehicle sponsored by Social Capital and Hedosophia, announced that the boards of directors of each company have approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge, with the current shareholders of SCH expected to own up to approximately …

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UAE’s Falcon Eye-1 Reconnaissance Satellite Set For Launch From French Guiana on 6 July 2019

The United Arab Emirates will launch the Falcon Eye-1 satellite into orbit on Saturday, 6 July 2019, at the French Guiana Space Centre at 05:53 UAE time (01:53:03 GMT). Falcon Eye-1 will be the fourth Earth observation satellite launched by the UAE, and the first reconnaissance satellite, bringing the total …

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Israeli Satellite Technology Company hiSky Expands Presence Into UK

An innovative company looking to make satellite communications more accessible and affordable is set to create over 100 high-tech jobs in London and Oxfordshire. The Israeli company hiSky has established a UK limited company – hiSkySat Limited – based in London, with an R&D centre at Harwell to develop a …

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UAE Meteorological Centre Calls For Enhanced Arabian Peninsula Coverage Using Chinese Weather Satellites

The UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) delegation has concluded its participation at the 18th World Meteorological Congress in Geneva. The delegation was headed by NCM Executive Director, Dr. Abdulla Al Mandous. Highlights of the Congress included the election of German Professor Dr. Gerhard Adrian as the new President of …

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French Space Agency CNES To Participate In UAE’s Dubai World Expo 2020

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the Compagnie Française des Expositions (COFREX) signed a partnership agreement concerning CNES’s presence in the France Pavilion at World Expo 2020 in Dubai. The World Expo in Dubai will run from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021. Covering 438 hectares and focused …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Moriba Jah of The University of Texas

SSA or Space Situational Awareness is without doubt one of the most pressing challenges that the space industry faces. With orbits becoming increasingly crowded and a slew of mega constellations of small satellites either in the process of being lofted or expected in the near future, definitive action is required …

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UAE Space Agency Officially Joins French-Led Space Climate Observatory

The UAE Space Agency has joined the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) initiative, along with other international space agencies, in an official ceremony attended by the French President Emmanuel Macron. The initiative aims to establish a framework for cooperation between the participating countries, support the exchange of information and data on …

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MBRSC Launches Emirates Mars Mission Science Week Promoting UAE Space Exploration Ambitions

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) will launch the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Week during the first week of July, at the Emirates Towers Youth Hub. Science Week is an EMM initiative, the first Arab space exploration mission to an outer planet. EMM Science Week will include six …

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