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Israel’s Netanyahu Visits China, Discusses Cyber, Science, and Technology Cooperation, Investments

Following immediately on the heels of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leading a delegation to China, arriving on March 19, 2017, in order to discuss and enhance strategic and economic ties between the two countries. Among the various topics to be discussed between Israel and …

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Saudi Arabia To Contribute To China’s Chang’e-4 Moon Mission

As part of his six week-long tour of Asian countries, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia has presided over a major space agreement between his Kingdom and Asia’s leading space power, China. This prominent agreement is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the King Abdulaziz City of Science …

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Successful Launch of Sentinel-2B Adds to EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Constellation

Europe´s Copernicus programme has got its second eye. On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 02:49 am CET (March 6, 2017, at 10.49 pm local time), a Vega launcher successfully took off from the spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, carrying the satellite developed and built under the industrial leadership of Airbus …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: The GVF Satellite Hub at CABSAT 2017

Mission Criticality: The Satellite Solution and the Humanitarian Crisis Next week, the CABSAT event will begin in Dubai. SpaceWatch Middle East will not only be attending but our Editor, Torsten Kriening, will also be moderating a special panel at the GVF Satellite Hub. The subject is close to our hearts. …

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Iranian General Claims US Deterred Launch of Space Launch Vehicle

In a bizarre statement that will likely be studied for some time by strategic analysts seeking to understand how deterrence works, a senior officer in Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) publicly announced that threats from the United States forced Iranian leadership to shelve plans to launch a space launch …

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Iran Space Agency Applies for Five Geostationary Orbital Slots for Ka- and Ku-Band Communications Satellites

The Iran Space Agency (ISA) announced on March 1, 2017, that it had applied to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for five geostationary (GEO) orbital slots for Ka- and Ku-band communications satellites. The announcement was made on the ISA website, and provided no details about when it expects to fill …

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GomSpace selected for the delivery of a constellation of satellites to Sky and Space Global

GomSpace has been selected by and has entered into a procurement contract with the UK company Sky and Space Global (UK) Ltd. to develop and deliver a constellation of satellites within a 4 year period. The first delivery of satellites will be in 2018. The revenue will be distributed over …

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Airbus Defence and Space SpaceDataHighway to reach Asia-Pacific

Airbus Defence and Space has announced the kick-off of EDRS-D, the third communication node of the SpaceDataHighway. Airbus Defence and Space will expand the EDRS-SpaceDataHighway with a third node, EDRS-D, to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region by 2020. This third node will be the next step towards global optical …

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The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Laurent Lemaire and Ali Asghar of elseco – Part 2

Specialising in High-tech Insurance, elseco was established in 2006. Today, elseco is the largest space insurance player in the world with a capacity of more than USD200m (More than twice its closest competitor). The company adopts an intelligent approach to risk management, pioneering market risk analysis and sophisticated ‘made for …

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