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Day 1 of the UAE Space Agency-UNOOSA High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

The United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: “Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development,” started on November 6, 2017, in Dubai, which is hosted by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and jointly organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Ghana’s Satellite Programme – The Space Race is On!

Countries all over the African continent are emerging as potential space nations. Nigeria is already established in space. Ethiopia is set to build and launch a satellite and develop its own launch vehicle in the next five years. Sudan, Kenya, and Angola are all eager to set out their stalls …

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UAE’s MBRSC Announces KhalifaSat’s Success In Passing the Solar Panel Deployment Test

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the success of the first locally-built satellite by Emirati engineers, KhalifaSat, in passing the Solar Panel Deployment test, after the completion of several installation and assembly tests for its system and different engineering parts. KhalifaSat’s success in the Solar Panel Deployment …

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Earth Observation Data And Services Market in 2026: U.S.$8.5 Billion, With Potential to Reach U.S.$15 Billion

According to the 10th edition of Euroconsult’s report, Satellite-Based Earth Observation: Market Prospects to 2026, the Earth Observation (EO) data and services market should reach U.S.$8.5 billion by 2026 based on current growth trajectories. An alternative value-added services (VAS) model also presented has a combined market potential of U.S.$15 billion. …

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Orbital Witness Wins Airbus’ Global Earth Observation Challenge

Airbus has named Orbital Witness the winner of its “Global Earth Observation Challenge.” It receives a voucher worth €50,000 for the acquisition of satellite data and will benefit from both technical and business coaching. The competition encourages start-ups to innovate and develop new applications primarily based on Airbus’ satellite data. …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Simonetta di Pippo of UNOOSA About the High Level Forum Dubai 2017

Prior to this year’s High Level Forum in Dubai, SpaceWatch Middle East spoke with Simonetta di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), about this year’s HLF forecast. We are heading towards the 2017 High Level Forum (HLF) in Dubai. Last year the Dubai Declaration …

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Iran Space Agency Provides Update on Status of Satellites at World Space Week Event

During a press conference marking World Space Week, the head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA), Mohsen Bahrami, provided an update to the status of the five indigenously built satellites awaiting launch in Iran. The satellites (Doosti, Amir Kabir, Nahid 1, Zafar, and Pars 1) are all “on the agenda …

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