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UNOOSA in Abu Dhabi to create space-solutions database

A project office of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA, to be opened in Abu Dhabi later this year, will develop a database of space-based solutions to help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, according to a top official. “Each of the 17 SDGs are analysed …

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#SpaceWatchGL Feature: Survey on space norms highlights issues

By Jessica West and Gilles Doucet Specialists in space security constantly call for more responsible norms of behavior in outer space. As the number of users and uses of space grows, the calls get louder and more urgent. Meanwhile, many states claim to want the same thing. Canada’s national defense …

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UAE space program to boost Asia’s stake in space development

The UAE’s space programs, especially the successful launch of its Mars Mission, will give a boost to Asia’s lead in Industry 4.0, and make the Emirates “a big stakeholder in the development of developing countries across the globe,” a senior academic told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Asians are leading the race …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Salem Al Marri on the UAE Space Program

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Salem Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific and Technical Affairs, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai, UAE and Head of the UAE Astronaut Program talked about the ambitions and the diversity of the UAE National Space Program. He highlighted the current projects, such …

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UAE’s Mars Mission to aid aerospace development

The space technologies developed by the UAE’s Mars Mission will contribute to the aerospace industry in three key ways – the transformation of aircraft design, ventilation technology and aircraft propulsion, a senior industry executive told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “The Mars Mission will create a significant amount of invaluable data …

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Israel’s Ministry of Defense and IAI Launch the Ofek 16 Satellite

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The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have successfully launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space on the sixth of July 2020, at 4:00 AM. The launch was performed from a launch …

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Thuraya Users to Benefit from Ericsson Core Network Modernization

United Arab Emirates-based mobile satellite services operator Thuraya has signed an agreement with Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) for a core network modernization and upgrade to a 4G and 5G ready infrastructure. Ericsson will modernize and optimize Thuraya’s network to a virtualized core that supports existing and new features and services in …

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YAHSAT NAMES ANDREW COLE AS NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), the leading UAE-based global satellite operator, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Andrew Cole as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He will assume the position from 1 July onwards. Andrew joins Yahsat soon after the company boosted its leadership with four Emirati executive …

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