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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Attends Installation Of Final Component Of Hope Probe For Emirates Mars Mission

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the Hope Probe mission, also called the Emirates Mars Mission, is a testament to the capabilities of the youth of the UAE. “The project, which represents a historic achievement for the …

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Kleos Space Secures €3.41 Million To Drive Satellite Roll-Out

Kleos Space S.A., a space-powered Radio Frequency Reconnaissance data-as-a-service (DaaS) company, has entered into a €3.41 million (approximately US$3.7 million) secured loan agreement with Dubai-based family office Winance to progress its commercialisation plans and to redeem existing convertible notes. The agreement was announced on 18 February 2020. “This funding provides …

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NGC Aerospace and UAE’s National Space Science And Technology Centre To Jointly Develop Flight Software Of An Earth-Observation Satellite

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and NGC Aerospace, have signed a collaboration agreement and initiated the joint development of the flight software for a HyperSpectral Earth-observation satellite. This long-term collaboration, announced on 13 February 2020, will provide …

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Virgin Galactic Captive Carry Test Flight Marks Relocation Of Spaceflight Operations To Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the company’s manufacturing facilities are based. The vehicle …

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#SpaceWatchGL Exclusive Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space sector. Our discussions …

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Iran’s Latest Attempt To Launch A Satellite Fails…Again

The latest attempt by Iran to indigenously launch one of its domestically-built satellites has failed, the latest in a string of unsuccessful satellite launches due to engineering problems, poor management, sabotage, or a combination of all of these. The Zafar-1 Earth observation satellite, built by the Amir Kabir Technical University …

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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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