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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East – What Is The Chinese Space Silk Road?

In Part One of this multi-week SpaceWatch Middle East Theme on the Chinese Space Silk Road and the Middle East, we invited Dr. Malcolm Davis of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) to provide an overview of the Space Silk Road for readers. The emergence of China’s Belt and Road …

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#SWMEThemes: China’s Space Silk Road and the Middle East, Part One

Centuries ago, China and Europe were connected by a number of trade routes across the Eurasian landmass and the Indian Ocean that were later known as the Silk Road. These Silk Roads not only connected the ancient Chinese Middle Kingdom and Medieval Europe, but also connected regions of Eurasia that …

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UrtheCast Announces the Signing of a Contract for a SAR-XL Satellite for the OptiSAR™ Constellation

UrtheCast Corp. announced on August 14, 2017, that it has entered into a contract with a confidential customer for the development and delivery of a dual-frequency stand-alone Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operational-class satellite as an “accelerator” for the OptiSARTM Constellation.  The exact amount of the contract is not being disclosed …

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SaudiGeoSat-1, The First Modernized A2100 Satellite, Successfully Integrated by Lockheed Martin

A team of engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin has completed the integration of the company’s first modernised A2100 satellite. The spacecraft, known as Hellas-Sat-4/SaudiGeoSat-1, now moves into final assembly and testing, on track for launch in the second quarter of 2018. Built for Arabsat and King Abdulaziz City for …

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Israeli-Made OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Satellites Successfully Launched By Arianespace

For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest mission delivering the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Earth observation satellites to Sun-synchronous orbits. Lifting off from the Spaceport’s SLV launch …

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Mahmoud Vaezi, Iranian Minister Responsible for Space, To Step Down

The Iranian government minister responsible for the space portfolio has stated that he will step down before the start of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term. Mahmoud Vaezi, the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, has been responsible for Iran Space Agency activities as well as negotiations with Russia and other …

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Israel’s Gilat Awarded Contract by Brazil’s Telebras for SGDC Satellite

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it received orders of U.S.$11.4 Million, net of local taxes, to provide state-of-the-art communication solutions and technologies for the satellite-based broadband network, to serve the Brazilian Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communications …

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Israel’s IAI-Built OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs Payloads Received By Arianespace for Vega August 1 Launch

Build-up of the lightweight Vega for Arianespace’s upcoming mission to orbit twin Earth observation satellites is complete in French Guiana, with the OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs spacecraft now integrated with their launch vehicle. During activity on the Spaceport’s space launch vehicle (SLV) launch site, the two passengers – which are integrated …

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Iran Launches Simorgh: Act of Defiance to the U.S. or Legitimate SLV Test?

Iran launched its Simorgh space launch vehicle (SLV) into space on Thursday, July 27, 2017, from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre. The Simorgh SLV (Farsi for ‘Phoenix’) was not thought to have carried a payload. The U.S. Air Force’s Joint Space Operations Centre (JSpOC) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in …

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