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Ethiopia to start work on space launch vehicle, domestically made satellites

The Ethiopian government announced on 3 January 2017 that it intends to build its own medium-sized space launch vehicle (SLV) and develop the capabilities to domestically build satellites. The Ethiopian Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said that it will develop a medium-sized SLV that should have its maiden launch …

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Iran claims to be in talks with European, Japanese, and Chinese space agencies, international satellite operators

The head of the Iran Space Agency (ISA) has claimed that his organisation is in talks with several European countries and Japan, as well as China and Russia, to explore the possibility of space cooperation. Mohsen Barami also claimed that Iran is in discussions with several international satellite operators. “We …

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Turksat Chairman announces that Turksat 6-A construction is underway

Türksat attended the 2nd Global SatShow, which brought together prominent companies from the world satellite and space technology sector and which was organized this year under the “Smart Connections” theme. At the Istanbul Haliç Congress Centre, where the conference was hosted by ESOA (EMEA Satellite Operators Association) along with MÜSİAD’s …

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Vaezi announces launch of three Iranian satellites by 2018

In what appears to be another schedule slippage in the Iranian space programme, the Iranian Minister for Communication and Information Technology, Mahmoud Vaezi, announced that three domestically built satellites will be launched by 2018. The first satellite scheduled for launch is the Dousti (Farsi for Friendship), also known as SharifSat, …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Thomas Van den Driessche of Newtec

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Thomas Van den Driessche, Chief Executive Officer at Newtec. They discuss the Middle East satellite market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business.  Newtec is one of the biggest satellite communications companies in the …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Samer Halawi of Thuraya

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer at Thuraya. They discuss the Middle East satellite market, areas for growth, company innovation and the future of the business. Thuraya is set to diversify the business and to disrupt the industry with …

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Israel and India enter into agreement to develop high-res radar satellites

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have agreed to collaborate on space projects during a recent Israeli visit to India. Avi Blasberger, the head of ISA, was accompanied by Israel’s Minister for Science, Technology, and Space, Offir Akunis, and former Minister of Science, Technology, …

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UAE’s Thuraya transforms the Kenyan elections for remote citizens

Thuraya has confirmed 100% transmission results for recent local elections in Kenya held in remote county assembly wards, enhancing the credibility of the electoral process. The success rate followed the deployment of satellite coverage, extensive training and support work provided in conjunction with Airtel Kenya. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries …

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