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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: Private Companies Are Launching A Space Race – Here’s What To Expect

International competition in space has been a permanent feature of humankind’s forays into Earth orbit and beyond ever since the launch of Sputnik by the former Soviet Union on October 4, 1957. During the Cold War the competition was between super powers. Today the competition is between at least 60 countries and …

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UAE Space Agency Signs Wide-Reaching Agreement With Luxembourg

The UAE Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, defining a framework for collaboration and the exchange of information and expertise in the fields of space science, research, and technology. The MoU was signed by Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al …

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MDA Completes Acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Rebrands As Maxar Technologies

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., a global communications and information company providing technology solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide, announced on October 5, 2017, it has completed its acquisition of DigitalGlobe, Inc., the global leader in high resolution Earth imagery and information about our changing planet. The merger creates …

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Turkey’s Small and Medium Sized Space Companies Fear Being Squeezed Out of Space Business

Just as Turkey’s Space programme is about to be put on a permanent footing with the establishment of its national space agency, some Turkish entrepreneurs fear that they are being squeezed out of satellite and space business in favour of large companies such as Turksat, Rocketsan, and Turkish Aerospace Industries …

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Pakistan to Launch First Earth Observation Satellite in 2018

Pakistan’s national space agency, the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO), announced on October 4, 2017, that it expects the first Pakistani dual-use Earth observation satellite, Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 (PRSS-1), and an experimental satellite, will be launched in March 2018. The launch of PRSS-1 has a potential …

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Turksat Selects Airbus for TURKSAT-5B, Report Says

Ahmet Arslan, the Turkish Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communication announced on October 6, 2017, that the Turkish government has selected Airbus Defence and Space to build two satellites for the Turksat-5B programme. According to the space industry news website, Space Intel Report, the Turkish government and Airbus Defence …

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