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UAE Space Agency Launches Satellite Challenge As Part Of UAE Hackathon 2020

The UAE Space Agency launched a “Satellite Challenge” event as part of “UAE Hackathon 2020 – Data for Happiness and Wellbeing.” During UAE Innovation Month. The challenge introduces participants to the many stages involved in manufacturing and launching satellites—from the initial design through to launch. The challenge also encourages participants …

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UAE Hosts Luxembourg At Abu Dhabi Global Market For Space Investment Forum

The space agencies of the United Arab Emirates and Luxembourg, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), convened the UAE/Luxembourg Space Investment Forum on 29 January 2020 in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the UAE. The forum brought together senior government and space officials from both countries, …

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France And Israel Discuss Space Cooperation At Ilan Ramon Space Conference

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Israel on 28 January 2020 to speak at the 15th Ilan Ramon International Conference, focused this year on the theme of the next decade in space. On this occasion, he met Avi Blasberger, Director General of the Israel Space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Why 2020 will be big for space – beyond the glamour of astronaut launches

By Raphael Roettgen 2020 promises to be a big year in space, but not only for the well-known events you keep on hearing about, such as the expected crewed launches from U.S. soil on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule and Boeing’s Starliner. In the background, thousands of new space entrepreneurs are …

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Virgin Orbit And Israel’s ImageSat International Partner To Provide Responsive Earth Observation

Virgin Orbit, the California-based small satellite launch company, has signed an agreement with ImageSat International (ISI), a global leader in space-based intelligence solutions, to develop an end-to-end responsive space service offering focused on national security customers. The joint turnkey service, announced at the 15th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference during …

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Israel’s Gilat Acquired By Comtech Telecommunications Corporation For $532.5 Million

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. jointly announced on 29 January 2020 that Comtech has agreed to acquire Gilat in a cash and stock transaction for $10.25 per Gilat ordinary share of which 70% will be paid in cash and 30% in Comtech common stock, resulting in an …

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Iran Preparing To Launch Zafar Earth Observation Satellites

Iran is believed to be preparing to launch two satellites from its Imam Khomeini Satellite Launch Centre over the coming days, according to numerous reports in Iranian and international news media. Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, announced the imminent launch of the Zafar-1 and …

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Israel’s Gilat Believed To Be In Acquisition Talks With Unnamed Large Multinational Company

Israel’s leading satellite network manufacturer and provider Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and Nasdaq, is believed to be in advanced discussions with a large, yet unnamed, multinational company that is interested in acquiring the Israeli firm, according to a report on Israeli tech news …

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Egypt’s NileSat Taps SpaceX To Launch NileSat-301 In 2022

Egypt’s commercial satellite communications operator NileSat has selected U.S. commercial space launch company SpaceX to launch its NileSat-301 communications satellite in 2022. The two companies signed a contract for the launch on 21 January 2020 in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt. European satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space won the …

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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund Adds 11 New Startups To Accelerator Programme

The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund (MBRIF), an initiative launched by the UAE Ministry of Finance to support innovation in the UAE, has announced the addition of 11 new members to the Fund’s accelerator programme. Representing businesses from four countries, the Winter Cohort joins 28 businesses from around the world …

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