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MBRSC and OQ Technology Partner on PHI-Demo Satellite

OQ Technology

OQ Technology and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) have announced their partnership for the launch of the PHI-Demo satellite, part of the Payload Hosting Initiative (PHI). The satellite will carry technologies into space to undergo testing for the very first time, marking a milestone achievement for both organizations.

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Space Café Israel by Meidad Pariente: Lior Herman – Product Challenges in Space Technology

In the eleventh episode of Space Café Israel, Meidad Pariente is in conversation with Lior Herman, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at TYPE5 Aerospace VC.  The first thing that comes to my mind is that I'm a sci-fi geek, so I'm a fan of Star Trek and all science fiction novels. So that's a lot of, you know, my ideas and creativity is around looking at science, looking at technology, and looking how they can work together in the future to create new solutions and many, many new opportunities and life events. So that's part of me that is not on my LinkedIn profile for sure.

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Saudi Arabia Introduces Earth and Space Science Studies

The Saudi Ministry of Education has approved the teaching of earth and space sciences as part of the curricula for the secondary school system, starting the academic year 1445, corresponding to 2023-24, according to local reports. This is because the ministry aims to cultivate positive attitudes toward space science among male and female students. This will be in accordance with international best practices for academic courses, as well as recent developments and scientific and national standards in this field.

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UAE mission to asteroid belt: Codename Max

The MBR Explorer spacecraft, depicted in this artist rendering, is scheduled to launch in 2028.

UAE Space Agency announced on the 28th of May the Emirates Mission to the Asteroid Belt, the EMA. The concept plan of the mission to the main asteroid belt began in 2019. The Emirati spacecraft will take a 5 billion km trip to a region between Mars and Jupiter to study asteroids. “The initial idea of what should we do after the Emirates Mars Mission actually started one or two years prior to the launch of the Hope probe,” Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, and chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, exclusively told The National on Wednesday.

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GLOC 2023: Closing ceremony and future perspectives

Summary session of GLOC 2023. Credit Torsten Kriening

On Thursday, the 25th of May, GLOC2023, Global Space Conference on Climate Change, the first Space conference entirely dedicated to Climate Change closed it’s first edition in Oslo, Norway's capital city. One of the major takeaway points was the need to make data more accessible. “People who work in crucial and critical data should be able to use the data freely,” says Dr Emma Gatti, Editor-in-Chief at SpaceWatch.Global. 

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Ax-2 Mission Launches Four Private Astronauts to the ISS

Axiom Space

Axiom Mission 2 (Ax-2) has successfully launched four private astronauts from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station (ISS). The Ax-2 crew is now in orbit following a 5:37 p.m. EDT liftoff. The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft is now anticipated to dock to the space-facing port of the ISS Harmony module. around 9:16 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, May 22.

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Kymeta Partners Azyan Telecom for LEO Market in Oman

Kymeta has announced at CABSAT 2023 that telecom service provider Azyan Telecom signed a significant order for its Hawk™ u8 terminals connected by OneWeb. As a result, the signature will bring Kymeta and OneWeb’s unique LEO offering to Oman for the first time. The deal will enable the expansion of national telecom capabilities in the region, expediting efforts to implement ubiquitous high-speed, low-latency communications capabilities across the Sultanate.

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