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Israel’s great space recovery? IAI engineers fixing Ofek-11 in orbit, first images transmitted

Israeli press outlets are reporting that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) engineers are resolving many of the technical faults discovered on its latest reconnaissance satellite – Ofek-11 – launched last week on 13 September 2016 from Palmachim Air Base in Israel. Further, IAI engineers are quietly confident that the remaining problems …

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Iran and APSCO to create a space situational awareness network

Iranian press reports are suggesting that Iran and its Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) partners China, Pakistan, and Peru are in the process of creating a space situational awareness (SSA) network initially consisting of ground-based optical telescopes. According to reports, the first such optical telescope will become operational in October …

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UAE Space Agency discusses use of space technology for agriculture with Japan

The UAE Space Agency has explored ways of strengthening bilateral relations and supporting the vision of cooperation in applying space technology to the agricultural sector. The developments were discussed during an official visit by senior officials from the Japanese government to the Space Agency headquarters in Abu Dhabi. HE Dr …

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Kratos launches new satellite interference monitoring products

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced on 8 September 2016 the release of Monics® Enterprise, one of two new additions to its Monics family of industry leading satellite carrier monitoring and interference mitigation solutions. Monics Enterprise was developed to provide satellite and network …

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Israel’s double space whammy? Newly-launched Ofek-11 spy satellite not responding to commands

The Israeli government secretly launched its Ofek-11 electro-optical reconnaissance satellite on a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on the night of Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Shortly after launch, however, it became apparent that there were problems with the Ofek-11 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries …

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Turkey and Japan sign space cooperation agreement for International Space Station

On 8 September 2016, Mr. Yuichi Yamaura, Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and H.E. Dr. Cihan Kanlıgöz, Director General of the Aeronautics and Space Technologies, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey, signed a new Cooperation Arrangement concerning the utilisation …

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Israel orders a new Ofek reconnaissance satellite from IAI

Israeli online publication Israel Defense reports that the Israeli government has placed an order for an ‘Ofek’ electro-optical high-resolution reconnaissance satellite with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). According to the Israel Defense report, published on 6 September 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Defence placed the order with IAI some time ago …

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Challenges and Opportunities for a Kuwaiti Space Programme, Part I

As Kuwait considers its space future, SpaceWatch Middle East contributor Ghanim Alotaibi, a Kuwaiti engineer and Space Generation Advisory Council member, examines some of the challenges Kuwaiti leaders will have to address in the first of a series of articles that will be published in the coming weeks. Introduction Two years ago, a …

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