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ICT Spring - 2022

Middle East

ispace to take Emirates ‘Rashid’ rover to the Moon

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc., under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world.

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Marlink got green light to acquire ITC Global

Paris, 13 April 2021. – The Norwegian network provider Marlink Group can close the acquisition of ITC Global, the company said. Backed by Apax Partners, Marlink obtained final regulatory approvals to acquire 100% of ITC Global from Panasonic, the group said. Marlink and ITC Global are preparing for a swift closing of the transaction in the coming weeks, the company said.

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Emirates name first female Arab astronaut

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) named its first female astronaut, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said. “Today we announce two new Emirati astronauts, among them the first female Arab astronaut. We congratulate them and count on them to raise the name of the UAE ever higher in space.”

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in March 2021

March had another three announcements of mergers between space companies and SPACs, for a total of over US$1.5 billion of gross proceeds (we consider cash in trust plus PIPE, assuming no redemptions and before fees). It is probably widely expected that there will be further space-SPAC transactions and we at SPAC(e)watch.global will keep track of these!

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#SpaceWatchGL Coproduction: Yahsat: Paving the Future of Space Industry and Economy

The UAE-based global satellite operator, Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has seen immense strides in both technology and opportunity over the last year.  In the face of a pandemic and unpredictable space market, Yahsat prevailed with ingenuity and strategic partnerships that are enabling the company to quickly emerge as a leader in the industry and a principal stakeholder and contributor to the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) transformation as a space economy.

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Soft power and satellites: 33 minutes with Aarti Holla-Maini

In this week’s Space Café Webtalk “33 minutes with…”, SpaceWatch.Global publisher, Torsten Kriening, had the chance to speak with Aarti Holla-Maini, who, since 2004, has been the Secretary-General of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA). ESOA is a CEO-driven satellite association, with 22 satellite operators from across multiple orbits as members.

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The Space Cafe Podcast #22: Avi Loeb – did we just witness an encounter of non-human origin?

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 22nd episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Avi Loeb - did we just witness an encounter of non-human origin? Episode 022 features a special guest Prof. Avi Loeb. In 2017, a strange object appeared in our solar system only to disappear again.

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