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Middle Eastern Lunar Missions: the Role of the Moon in the Middle East’s Spacefaring Future

The Moon is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for space agencies and companies since it poses less technical and financial risk than going directly to Mars. ThorGroup GmbH’s intern in Washington, DC – Nickolas J. Boensch – explores the emerging ‘Moon Rush’ and the possible roles and opportunities for …

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Israel’s Spacecom to be sold to Chinese group after launch of Amos-6

Shareholder’s of Israel’s Spacecom, operator of the Amos fleet of commercial communications satellites, announced on 24 August 2016 that they has agreed to sell the company for U.S.$285 million to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co. Ltd. It is believed that the sale will proceed, subject to Israeli …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to host Emirates Mars Mission workshop in October 2016

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address …

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Qatar’s Nakilat LNG and LPG ships to get SATCOM upgrade from Global Eagle Entertainment

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine very-small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers. …

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Refugee camps at Syrian-Jordanian border have expanded rapidly, according to UN analysis of UrtheCast satellite imagery

The Syrian Civil War continues unabated, as does its human suffering. Satellite technologies play an important role in monitoring the Syrian conflict and are used by humanitarian agencies to try and help those who are suffering the most. Theras Wood of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast provides an account of …

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President Rouhani names new members to Iran’s Supreme Council of Space

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed three new members to the Supreme Council of Space – the supreme space policy-making body in Iran – on 14 August 2016. The three individuals appointed to the Supreme Council of Space are Elham Aminzadeh, Mostafa Safavi-Homami and Hassan Shafti. Each appointment lasts for four …

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Gilat’s X-Architecture selected by Avanti for its EE Limited LTE network in UK

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., the Israeli provider of satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 8 August 2016 that Avanti Communications Group plc has selected Gilat’s one-platform multiple-application X-Architecture and its mobile-edge computing (MEC) enabled Capricorn very small aperture terminal (VSAT). The announcement relates to Avanti’s contract to supply …

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