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WORLD SPACE RISK FORUM 2016 ENDS ON ‘HIGH’ NOTE

Unlocking business in space The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF 2016) concluded 4 November 2016 in Dubai with wide-ranging discussions related to innovation within the space sector and risk management with an emphasis on learning from the past, sharing ideas and looking to the future. As the leading global forum …

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UAE National Space Policy: An initial assessment

As part of the new partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner. Reproduced here is Michael’s commentary on the recently completed UAE National …

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United States holds space security dialogue with UAE; dialogue with Israel next week

A U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, the Honourable Frank A Rose, met with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, led by H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, for the second UAE-U.S. Space Security Dialogue held …

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum green lights next phase of UAE Mission to Mars

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reviewed the designs of the Hope Probe, as part of the Emirates Mars Mission, on 2 November 2016. The project will send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 marking …

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Symposium in Oman aims to raise awareness on peaceful uses of space applications

Under the auspices of Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Futaisi, Oman’s Minister of Transport and Communications, the National Symposium on “The Peaceful Uses of Space Applications and Technologies for Comprehensive Development” began on Sunday, 30 October, and concluded on Monday on 31 October 2016, in Muscat, Oman. Among those who …

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“Hello?…It’s me. I’m ok.” – a refugee story

With the tragedy of refugees fleeing Syria and Iraq and beyond continuing unabated, SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson writes about how satellites can, in a small way, ease the plight of those fleeing the most awful violence and desperate conditions. When did you last use your phone? Five minutes ago? An hour …

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South Korea is considering leasing an Israeli reconnaissance satellite

The South Korean military is considering leasing an Israeli Ofek reconnaissance satellite, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap. With tensions between Seoul and North Korea increasing in recent months, South Korea’s military urgently requires a satellite reconnaissance capability that can provides its political and military leadership with enhanced strategic …

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Matthew Cosby joins the Goonhilly board of directors

Renowned teleport operator Goonhilly Earth Station, has announced that it will welcome Matthew Cosby to its executive management board in the role of Director of Space Engineering. Goonhilly serves satellite operators, commercial satellite services, space agencies, and research organizations in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and …

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U.S. military missile warning satellite valuable asset in fight with Daesh

The Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) is a U.S. military satellite system one would not normally associate with the fight against Daesh. Designed to warn of ballistic missile launches, the sophisticated and mostly classified satellite system is now proving to be a valuable intelligence asset in crushing Daesh on the battlefield. …

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