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Oman Hosts 40th Session of Arabsat General Assembly Meeting in Muscat

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – is holding its Board of Directors meeting in, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, on April 11-12, 2017 , followed by the General Assembly meeting with the attendance of their excellencies the Arab ministers of telecommunications and the heads of Arab delegations. Engineer Khalid …

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Ankara Finally Making Progress On Establishing Turkish Space Agency

  In the politically tumultuous aftermath of the attempted coup of July 15, 2016, as well as delays in tabling a legislative proposal for a space agency and disagreements over the role of the military in that agency, Turkey seems to be eventually making some progress towards achieving its goal …

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U.S. Company Spaceflight Industries Launches BlackSky Spectra Satellite Imagery Service

Spaceflight Industries revealed on April 5, 2017, BlackSky Spectra, its on-demand satellite imagery service which enables customers to discover archive images and task new images from 13 high-resolution imaging spacecraft, all from one convenient web platform. BlackSky Spectra enables customers to easily look at the planet across every spectrum, from …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: What Europe can do for your Space Start-up?

Vera Pinto Gomes, space policy analyst at the European Comission, presented the current situation on the European Satellite Navigation Programs and Europe’s initiative for Space Start up’s at Disrupt Space 2017 in Berlin on March 14, 2017.  What have we achieved so far? Last year was a very successful year …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Insight – Tabletop Exercises to Help Reduce the Risk of Conflict in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and Secure World Foundation we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the organisation. Secure World Foundation envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission of the Secure World Foundation is to …

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Japan Aids Five African and Asian Countries In Building Nano-Satellites

The Japanese government, through the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, has completed its “Bird Project” in collaboration with satellite engineers and space agencies from Bangladesh, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Thailand. The “Bird Project” consists of five Nanosatellites and seven ground control stations located around the world. The five Nanosatellites …

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Iranian Satellite Jamming In Shiraz Could Cause 24,000 Cancer Cases In Coming Years

Iranian politicians representing the city of Shiraz in the Fars district of Iran have publicly claimed that Iranian government satellite jamming activities are causing significant health problems for their constituents. Members of the Iranian parliament (called the Majlis in Farsi), Ali Akbari and Masoud Rezaee, have been vocal in their …

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Kuwait’s GulfSat and Eutelsat Welcome Kuwait TV’s Al-Qurain TV In HD To EUTELSAT-8 West B Satellite

Kuwait TV, the official Kuwaiti state broadcaster and part of the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, announced at CABSAT 2017 in Dubai that the new Al-Qurain TV channel has launched in its free-to-air HD platform hosted on the EUTELSAT 8 West B satellite. The capacity used by Kuwait TV is provided …

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Eurasian Economic Union to Integrate Remote Sensing Satellite Capabilities in 2019

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) plans to create a joint remote earth sensing system by integrating the space- and ground-based capabilities of its member states, to include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, by 2019. “In the first half of 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission plans to draft an intergovernmental …

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China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …

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