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#SWMEThemes: Could Earth’s Asteroids Be the Next Al Ghawar Oil Field?

In the fifth installment of our #SWMEThemes on Space Resources and the Middle East, UAE space lawyer Humaid Al Shamsi explores the opportunities and legal and policy challenges for Middle Eastern states seeking to exploit space resources. Humanity relies heavily on natural resources and continued human development currently remains dependent …

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Armenia’s SHANT TV Launches New HD Platform At Eutelsat HOTBIRD Neighbourhood

SHANT TV, the Armenian commercial broadcaster, today announced that July 15, 2017, marks the launch of its new international multi-channel platform from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood operated by Eutelsat Communications. SHANT TV has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat to support its new all-HD venture. Broadcasting through HOTBIRD for …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Resources and NewSpace: Interview with Ramaspace

The fourth part of our #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources is an interview with Andrey Maximov and Raghu Das of Ramaspace, and explores their view on space resources, asteroid mining, and the impact of the new Luxembourg space resources law. SWME: Can we begin by talking about the …

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Intelsat, With BCom and Newtec, Launches IntelsatOne® Mobile Reach Solar 2G Service For Sub-Saharan Africa Wireless Networks


Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced today a managed services solution that will provide 2G services in remote locations.  The solution leverages contributions of services provider BCom and technology provider Newtec for core components of the solution. IntelsatOne Mobile Reach …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Resources and International Space Law: A Skeptical View

The third part of our #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources is an interview with space law attorney Michael J. Listner of Space Law and Policy Solutions, and author and publisher of space law and policy briefing-letter The Précis. Michael – a friend of SpaceWatch Middle East –provides readers with …

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#SWMEThemes: Space Mining: The Next Strategic Investment for Gulf Countries?

The second contribution to the #SWMEThemes week on the Middle East and Space Resources is by Ben Baseley-Walker, the Senior Director for Global Engagement for Europe, Middle East, and Africa at Planetary Resources. Ben argues that Gulf Arab countries have an opportunity to lead in the coming race to exploit space …

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Oman Accepts Advanced Space Radio Monitoring System From Kratos


Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the Sultanate of Oman has formally accepted the Advanced Space Radio Monitoring System (ASRMS) from Kratos. The multi-million dollar project started in late 2014 and includes ten years of …

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Introducing #SWMEThemes: First Off, Space Resources and the Middle East

Here at SpaceWatch Middle East we are always looking to enhance the experience and education of our readers, as well as to engage the regional and international space community in relevant debates on issues of importance. In order to bring such lofty goals into reality, this coming week SpaceWatch Middle …

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