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UNOOSA sets up emergency response office in Israel

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) sets up an office for disaster management and emergency response in Israel, the agency in Vienna said. UNOOSA signed an agreement with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to create a Regional Support Office of UNOOSA’s program …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Fahad Al Mheiri about the UAE Space Economy

In this week’s Space Café WebTalk, Fahad Al Mheiri, Acting Executive Director – Space Sector at the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA), talked about the development of the space sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and gave updates on the activities of the UAE Space Agency. He talked about the UAE Space …

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Comtech and Gilat call off merger and settle litigation

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. satcom company Comtech and the Israeli satellite network operator Gilat called off their merger and settled their related litigation, the two Nasdaq-listed companies announced yesterday. “(T)he companies have agreed to terminate the merger agreement first announced on January 29, 2020 and have settled …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Satellite Technologies Use To Monitor Climate Change and Manage Environmental Disasters

by Malak Trabelsi Loeb The recent 2020 US West Coast wildfire has opened infernos, as it ravaged hundreds of homes and charred hundreds of neighborhoods. On September 10, 2020, CNN announced that the Creek Fire had taken more than 166,00 acres after destroying 360 structures in Central California, Amidst a …

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Exolaunch delivers 15 small satellites on Soyuz rideshare mission

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The rideshare specialist Exolaunch has successfully sent a cluster of 15 small satellites into space, the Berlin-based start-up announced. The mission dubbed Wanderlust (Desire to Travel) lifted off on a Soyuz-2 rocket from the Russian Plesetsk cosmodrome. It delivered three microsatellites and 12 nanosatellites for …

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Emirates want to land on Moon in first Arab lunar mission

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to become the first Arab country on the Moon and have announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the Emirates newswire WAM reported today. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler …

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Czech Defense Ministry buys SPYDER from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – The Czech Ministry of Defence decided to equip its military with air defense systems from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems, the ministries of both countries announced on 27 September. Following an international tender process, which lasted several years, the Czech Ministry of Defense informed the Directorate …

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UAE cooperates with NASA on astronaut training

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) continues to foster its international network and cooperates with NASA to train four Emirati astronauts, the news agency WAM reported on 21 September. “The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today announced …

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Dubai sees major growth potential for UAE from space economy

Dubai, 15 September 2020. – Space industry could become one of the United Arab Emirate (UAE)’s most promising sectors and a key pillar of economic growth over the next 50 years, a whitepaper released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry concluded. The report, titled ”Space Economy Investment Opportunities for …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Fahad Al Mheiri” On 6 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Fahad Al Mheiri, Acting Executive Director – Space Sector United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) in the United Arab Emirates.  This event will take place on 6 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Fahad Al Mheiri will discuss recent developments and updates in the …

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