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Russia, Kazakhstan, and UAE To Proceed With Modernization Of Gagarin’s Start Launch Facility At Baikonur

Russia, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to proceed with a trilateral agreement to modernise the ‘Gagarin’s Start’ launch complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, according to a 16 January 2020 report in Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency citing Russian and Kazakh sources. The trilateral agreement is …

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Turkey To Unveil National Space Programme Soon, Launch Several Satellites Over Next Two Years

In a major policy speech delivered on 16 January 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan unveiled a range of large government infrastructure and technology projects for 2020 and beyond. The speech included the promised release of a national space programme and the launch of several communication satellites over the next …

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UAE’s MBRSC Extends Deadline For Second Astronaut Search To 31 March 2020

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Given the very large turnout for registration to the second batch seeking to join the UAE Astronaut Programme, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has extended the deadline for application submissions until 31 March 2020, aimed at providing Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions …

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Arianespace To Launch UAE’s Falcon Eye 2 On Soyuz In March 2020

Arianespace has announced that it intends to launch the UAE’s second reconnaissance satellite, Falcon Eye 2, on board a Soyuz satellite launch vehicle from the Guiana Space Centre in early March 2020. Falcon Eye 2 was originally slated to be launched on board an Arianespace Vega satellite launch vehicle, but …

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UAE Space Agency And Saudi Space Commission Activate Cooperative MoU

The UAE Space Agency and the Saudi Space Commission met on the sidelines of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council in Riyadh, the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 10 January 2020, where both parties officially activated their Memorandum of Understanding that was initially signed last year. The activation …

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UK-UAE Geospatial Company 4 Earth Intelligence Starts Business

Advances in technology for observing the earth from space have resulted in the formation of a new company which will bring a range of innovative satellite intelligence and data services to market. 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) has pioneered the use of satellite data for smart monitoring and analysis creating city, …

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Egypt And France Commit To Furthering Space Cooperation

In the presence of Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Egypt’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Stéphane Romatet, France’s Ambassador to Egypt, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall opened the first joint France-Egypt Space Seminar in Cairo on 14 January 2020. At this event, Egypt reaffirmed its …

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Abu Dhabi’s Group 42 Acquires Bayanat Geospatial Data Firm

Group 42, an Abu Dhabi-based artificial intelligence and cloud computing company, announced today that it has acquired Bayanat for Mapping and Surveying Services LLC, an end-to-end and customised geospatial data products and services provider. Bayanat has been a leader in the geospatial domain since its launch in 2010, delivering various …

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UAE’s Thuraya Showcases EnergyComms At IPTC 2020 In Saudi Arabia

Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the UAE-based Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), announced on 13 January 2020 that it is participating in the 12th International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) in Dhahran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Visitors to IPTC 2020 will be able to view and test Thuraya’s …

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UAE Space Agency And Krypto Labs Launch UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme

The UAE Space Agency announced its collaboration with the Abu Dhabi-based global innovation hub, Krypto Labs, to launch the UAE NewSpace Innovation Programme, which aims to maximise the growth of space technology start-ups with New Space, the rising private spaceflight industry. The programme falls under the purview of the National …

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