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At the start of a new space age

The European Space Agency (ESA) is one of the largest space organisations in the world, and has established many formal and informal links with Middle East governments, agencies, research institutes, and universities. SpaceWatch Middle East re-publishes here the Foreword written by the ESA Director-General, Jan Woerner, to the 2016 European …

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Gilat selected by Dizengoff Ghana to provide broadband and cellular services to rural schools

Gilat is to combine its SkyEdge II-c VSATs and CellEdge small cells to meet the rural communications requirements of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC). Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., the Israel-based provider in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced on 5 July 2016 that Dizengoff Ghana Limited, …

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Egypt and Syria propose using satellites to counter terrorism at UN space meeting

Egypt, backed by Syria, has proposed an in-depth discussion on using satellites to counter terrorism at the United Nation’s space body, the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The proposal came in the form of a short paper titled “Combating Terrorism using Space Technology,” drafted by Egyptian …

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Airbus Defense and Space Partners with AMREL for Easy Access to Geospatial Data for GEOINT Operations

Airbus Defense and Space and American Reliance, Inc. (AMREL) have partnered to integrate GATOR (Geospatial Appliance Targeted for Operational Response) into a rugged one-box laptop solution called the GATOR Rugged Geospatial Laptop. In the most difficult and demanding areas of the world, this encapsulated geospatial server enables easy access to …

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The Spectacular Rise of the UAE Space Agency and the Challenges Ahead

Where does the UAE Space Agency go after the Hope Mars Mission is achieved after 2021? Building and sustaining success, and therefore public and political support, is a challenge for all space agencies. The solutions to this challenge, however, can only be found in the United Arab Emirates. ThorGroup’s Chairman …

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ITU reinstates two orbital slots for Iranian communications satellites

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a UN international organisation that regulates satellite frequencies and orbital slots in geostationary orbit at 36,000 kilometres altitude, has reinstated two orbital slots for Iranian satellites. Iran had the two orbital positions withdrawn by the ITU because it had failed to place satellites in orbit, …

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Interview: The European Union’s Copernicus Programme and the Middle East

The European Union’s Copernicus programme is a boon for analysts and researchers around the world since it provides all of the imagery taken by its Sentinel earth observation satellites for free. SpaceWatch Middle East interviewed Andreas Veispak, the acting Head of Unit for Space Data for Societal Challenges and Growth at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, …

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Algerian Space Agency releases remarkable ALSAT-2A satellite imagery of Djelfa Province

The Agence Spatiale Algerienne (Algerian Space Agency) recently released remarkable satellite imagery of the Algerian province (wilaya) of Djelfa, located about 300 kilometres south of the capital city of Algiers, taken by its ALSAT-2A remote sensing satellite. The Djelfa province is surrounded by the Algerian provinces Tissemsilt and Medea in …

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NASA’s Charlie Bolden visits UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

On 15 June 2016, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) accompanied by a number of NASA officials and representatives of the United States Embassy in the UAE and the United States Consulate in Dubai. Bolden and the accompanying delegation met with His Excellency Yousuf …

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