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UAE University Students Focus On Greenhouse Gases With New Satellite Project

A nanosatellite named MeznSat is being manufactured by a group of university students in the UAE, the Khaleej Times has reported. The aim of the satellite is to pinpoint the cause of greenhouse gases. Once the data from the satellite is shared with students, analysts and researchers, it is hoped that they can work to mitigate the production of the gases. The students, from the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) and the Khalifa University, aim to launch the satellite later this year.

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Israel’s Gilat Demonstrates Maritime Connectivity On Telesat’s Phase One LEO Satellite

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 6 February 2019 the completion of a successful test with a tier-1 maritime service provider for maritime communication over Telesat’s low earth orbit Phase 1 LEO satellite. This industry-first milestone exemplified exceptionally low latency and high bit-rate essential for multiple maritime applications.

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Arianespace Successfully Lofts Communications Satellites For India, Saudi Arabia

Arianespace has successfully orbited two telecommunications satellites: the Saudi Geostationary Satellite 1/Hellas Sat 4 condosat for operators King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Hellas Sat; and GSAT-31 for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Markus Woltran of UNOOSA

Space activities within the United Nations Member States are growing apace and the amount of space faring nations is increasing. Enabling these countries to find their path to space is a key part of the work of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) which works to promote ‘international cooperation in the peaceful use and exploration of space science and technology for sustainable economic and social development’. The Office is on hand to offer help to Members that wish to establish legal and regulatory frameworks to enable them to become active in the space arena.

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Israel’s IAI And Germany’s OHB Join Forces On Lunar Surface Access Initiative

OHB System and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed an agreement that will see the companies collaborate on a commercial Lunar Surface Access Service (LSAS). The agreement, signed during the Ilon Ramon Space Conference on Tuesday, will provide a lunar lander that can allow payloads up to 150kg to the European Space Agency (ESA).

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