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Morocco’s Mohammed VI-A Earth Observation Satellite Successfully Launched by Arianespace

Arianespace has successfully launched the MOHAMMED VI–A satellite dedicated for Earth observation for the Kingdom of Morocco. The satellite was developed by the consortium comprising Thales Alenia Space as system prime contractor and Airbus as co-prime. The launch took place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at 10:42:31 p.m. (local time) …

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Day 2 of the UAE Space Agency-UNOOSA High Level Forum: Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development

The second day of the United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: “Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development,” 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 Arab …

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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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#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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UAE’s Thuraya Holds Roadshows for Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings

Thuraya Telecommunications Company held meetings with senior officials from the Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah Police Air Wings to showcase a suite of Satcom products and services. As the main Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator in the country, the company has worked with local law enforcement teams before and were …

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Sentinel-5P Successfully Launched To Monitor World’s Pollution

The Airbus-built pollution monitoring satellite Sentinel-5 Precursor has been successfully launched on a Rockot from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 09.27 GMT on Friday, October 13, 2017. Sentinel-5 Precursor is part of the Copernicus global monitoring programme, a joint European Commission–European Space Agency undertaking which aims to acquire continuous …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Turkey’s Small and Medium Sized Space Companies Fear Being Squeezed Out of Space Business

Just as Turkey’s Space programme is about to be put on a permanent footing with the establishment of its national space agency, some Turkish entrepreneurs fear that they are being squeezed out of satellite and space business in favour of large companies such as Turksat, Rocketsan, and Turkish Aerospace Industries …

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