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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: UAE’s Mars Ambitions – A Middle East Trailblazer

The UAE’s mission to Mars and its proposed Martian colony to be established by 2117 have garnered many headlines around the world. What is less known, however, are the critical economic and societal drivers behind these ambitious projects that are vital to the prosperity of the UAE well into the …

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Inmarsat Certified for GX Aviation Installations on Qatar Airways’ Boeing Aircraft Fleet

Inmarsat (ISAT.L), the world’s leading provider of global mobile satellite communications, has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for GX Aviation retrofit installations on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 aircraft. The milestone follows an announcement in June that Qatar Airways will be the first Middle Eastern megacarrier to offer GX Aviation …

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Intelsat’s Stephen Spengler Appointed as Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced on August 24, 2017, that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, has been named a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The Broadband Commission, jointly managed by the International …

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Angola Enacts Its First Space Strategy for 2016-2025

Angola published its first space strategy in May 2017 containing highly ambitious measures to make use of space technologies, services, and products for the social and economic development of the country and reinforce Angola’s regional and international positioning. Angola’s space strategy establishes the main pillars and measures for state activities …

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UAE’s MBRSC Submits Official Bid Proposal to Host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced the submission of the official bid proposal to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai. IAF will announce the IAC’s 2020 hosting city on the last day of the coming edition that will take …

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Kratos’ satID® Offers Industry’s Only TDMA Network Geolocation Capability to Combat VSAT Interference

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its market leading satID® satellite interference geolocation product offers the industry’s only Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network geolocation capability to combat Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) interference. The satID® product is recognized as the …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Moriba Jah – Creating a Space Taxonomy for Space Situational Awareness

Our planet has a problem… or rather we have created a problem. The Earth’s orbital regimes are becoming increasingly populated with not only satellites but bits of debris of varying sizes: spent rocket stages, nuts, bolts, even fragments of paint and all of these objects pose a threat to operational …

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Oman Participates in University of Colorado Boulder Education Satellites International Team

Jim Scott, Senior Science Editor at the University of Colorado Boulder’s (CU Boulder) newspaper, CU Boulder Today, reports on the INSPIRE satellite project that includes Oman as a team participant. This article was originally published in CU Boulder Today on August 22, 2017, and is republished here with the permission of the University …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – The Israeli Perspective

In Part Five of the SpaceWatch Middle East multi-week theme on China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, leading Israeli space scholar Dr. Eytan Tepper provides an Israeli perspective. Dr. Tepper points out that while there is a tremendous amount of mutual opportunity between Israel and China on the …

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