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CNES’s Jean-Yves Le Gall Gives Opening Address At GLEC 2019 In Morocco

In the presence of Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defense Administration of Morocco, and Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and of the …

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UAE’s Hope Mars Mission Probe Nears Completion, Set For Third Quarter 2020 Launch

The UAE Space Agency and Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, have announced that 85 percent of the Hope Probe project has been completed. In a joint statement, the two organisations confirmed that most of the main parts of the project have been completed and are currently undergoing intensive testing …

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UAE’s MBRSC Launches Hope Generation STEM Education Initiative

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has launched the ‘Hope Generation’ initiative to help schools encourage students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM, fields and increase their curiosity about space science and exploration. This could be done through lectures, workshops and open meetings by MBRSC’s experts for …

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UAE’s Mubadala Creates Abu Dhabi Hub71 With Softbank And Microsoft For New Space, Other Tech Start-Ups

Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund Mubadala is set to create a start-up ecosystem in Abu Dhabi that will attract New Space and other emerging technology companies to the Gulf Arab state. The ecosystem will be called Hub71 and will include Softbank’s Vision Fund and Microsoft as partners, according to Khaldoon …

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France And UAE Hold 11th Space Cooperation Strategic Dialogue In Paris

The France-United Arab Emirates Strategic Dialogue convened for its 11th session in Paris on 16 April 2019. On this occasion, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) reviewed ongoing and future cooperation projects, noting the rapid development of bilateral space relations between the …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Commits To Beresheet Shtayim After Beresheet 1.0 Moon Attempt

“If at first you don’t succeed, you try again,” said newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the Beresheet (Hebrew for Genesis) lunar lander failed to make a soft landing on the Moon’s surface on 11 April 2019. That’s exactly what Morris Kahn, the Israeli billionaire who founded and …

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Saudi Space Agency Begins To Take Shape, Reported $1 Billion Budget In First Year

French online national security news publication Intelligence Online is reporting that the recently created Saudi Space Agency is beginning to take shape under the leadership of Prince Sultan Bin Salman, the son of the reigning King Salman, half-brother of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and first Saudi astronaut. According …

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UAE’s MBRSC And National Geographic Sign Deal To Document Emirati Space Achievements

National Geographic today announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, to document the UAE’s journey into space. In a four-part documentary series, National Geographic will present to the world the UAE’s rise into space, its achievements and ambitions. The series is set to capture the …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Announce Winners Of GeoTech Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency and Krypto Labs have announced the two winning teams of the GeoTech Innovation Programme. The winners were awarded funding of AED100,000 (U.S.$27,250.00) in cash and AED500,000 (U.S.$136,125.00) in kind, as well as the opportunity to accelerate and transform their innovative ideas into commercially viable and scalable …

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UAE Selects Hazzaa Al Mansoori As First Emirati Astronaut To International Space Station

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced that it has selected Hazzaa Al Mansoori as the prime astronaut and Sultan Al Neyadi as the backup astronaut for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. Al Mansoori and Al Neyadi are currently undergoing training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training …

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