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Exolaunch To Deliver UAE Space Agency’s Small Satellite Into Orbit On Soyuz-2

Berlin-based Exolaunch, a leading launch services and deployment system provider for small satellites, announced on 17 March 2020 that the launch of a 3U cubesat, MeznSat, for the UAE Space Agency will be performed aboard a Soyuz-2 rocket. The purpose of the satellite is to study and monitor the greenhouse …

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Saudi Space Commission Casts Wide Net For Space Cooperation

The Saudi Space Commission (SSC) is casting a wide net in its aim to create space cooperation arrangements with friendly countries around the world, with agreements or discussions underway with countries such as Greece, Kuwait, Brazil, Australia, and France. On 5 February 2020, the acting CEO of the Saudi Space …

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Bahrain’s NSSA Issues Request For Tender For 3U CubeSat – MoU With Roscosmos Approved

Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA) issued a Request for Tenders on 18 February 2020 for a 3U CubeSat, a basic ground station, and the satellite’s launch. The closing date for the submission of tenders is 25 March 2020. The requirement stated in the tender is to “devise comprehensive programs …

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UAE’s MBRSC To Host Fifth Annual Emirates Mars Mission Science Workshop

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is hosting the fifth edition of the Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop between 15-17 March 2020 across three cities in the UAE. Featuring talks and engaging workshops by scientists and leading experts from the UAE and around the world, the event …

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UAE Space Agency Unites Industry Leaders In GSIA Strategic Workshop

The UAE Space Agency conducted a strategic workshop on the Global Space Industry Accelerator (GSIA) to identify key industry challenges that can be addressed through space, and shed light on the status of intellectual property (IP) in the sector. The workshop brought together leaders from the local entrepreneurship ecosystem, academia, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Deganit Paikowsky On How RPO Instability Could Paradoxically Create Long-Term Stability

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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Saudi Space Authority Blasts Off As Prince Sultan Chairs First meeting

Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman on chaired the first meeting of the Saudi Space Authority’s board of directors on 24 February 2020. “The Kingdom today, under the leadership of King Salman, is taking a steady step towards building a promising future for its people based on science, employing technology, stimulating …

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