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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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UAE Organizes First Space Agencies’ Leaders Summit during COP28


In orchestrating the debut of the Space Pavilion's presence at COP28, the UAE Space Agency has organized a Space Agencies Leaders’ Summit, witnessing participation from more than 20 international space agencies. The summit brought key actors from global climate policy and space exploration sectors together and consequently sought to address climate programs and initiatives that will expedite the pathway to 1.5C.

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Yahsat to Show New Space Tech for Climate During COP28

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the UAE’s flagship satellite solutions provider, will present its innovative space technologies at the upcoming COP28 in Dubai. One of the conference's primary aims is to address the challenges of global climate change. Yahsat is already working closely with various UAE Government entities and international organisations, including the United Nations. The company also actively commits to providing advanced, affordable, resilient, and reliable solutions that will address the challenges of global climate change. 

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Azercosmos and AEB sign MOU for Space Initiatives


Azercosmos, the Space Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on space cooperation. The MoU envisages Brazil-Azerbaijan collaboration in space science, technology, and application and will serve as an instrument to establish a framework for future cooperation in the domain of outer space

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ITU WRC-23 Begins in Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The United Arab Emirates, represented by the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), is hosting the 2023 edition of the World Radio Conference in the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference began yesterday, Monday, November 20 and will continue till 15 December 2023. The conference holds every three to four years to review and, if necessary, revise the Radio Regulations, the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits.

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Register Today for Next Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente – on 5th December 2023

Join us at our next Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente, - Season 2 - Episode 2, where we have the incredible honour of hosting none other than Ella Barak, Director of the ASTRA accelerator! The "new" Dual use: Dual use of space technologies in other industries (insurance, climate change, transportation, etc.). Ella Barak, currently serving as the Director of the ASTRA accelerator, a ground-breaking initiative in partnership with the IAI aimed at advancing innovation in the realm of space technology. With a rich background as a former Open Innovation Consultant for the Intelligence Corps in the IDF and her experience at Deloitte as Senior Consultant,

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