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Israel Aerospace Industries Hands Over Venµs Satellite to Israel Space Agency

Having completed its assembly, Israel parted from Venµs, the first Israeli-made satellite created for environmental research purposes. Within the next few days, the satellite will go on its way to the launcher located in French Guiana. At an official ceremony held at, May 25th, at Israel Aerospace Industry (IAI) Space …

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Egyptian Cabinet Receives Formal Legal Submission for Creation of Egyptian Space Agency

The Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has submitted a formal proposal for the creation of an Egyptian Space Agency to the cabinet in Cairo. According to Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Essam Khamis, the ministry submitted text for a law that would establish the …

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#SpaceWatchME Review: SPACE FORUM 2017 – Luxembourg at the center of the global space map

On May 9-10, 2017, over 5,000 space and satellite professionals gathered at the European Convention Center in Luxembourg to discuss the latest digital, tech and space trends, the increasing use of data, and planetary defence and space mining, with experts from all over the world sharing their knowledge and vision. The …

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Iranian Minister Claims Iran Ready to Launch Communications and Remote Sensing Satellite in Coming Months

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian Minister for Communications and Information Technology, announced on May 8, 2017, that two Iranian-made satellites are almost ready for launch. “Now, we have two satellites ready to be launched, one being Amir Kabir sensing satellite and the other being Nahid telecommunication satellite,” said Minister Vaezi to Iranian …

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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation Site Visit to Iran for SMMS Programme

An Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) delegation successfully conducted the Hosting Site Survey at the proposed Iranian site on April 8-13, 2017, as the follow up to one of the most important tasks in the Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Project phase B. This mission was conducted by experts from the …

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Iran Announces Launch of Nahid-2 Communications Satellite for 2018

The Iran Space Agency’s Aerospace Research Institute (ARI) has announced that it plans to launch its Nahid-2 communications satellite sometime in 2018. According to Hassan Hadadpour, the head of the ARI, Nahid-2 will be the first Iranian satellite to feature a propulsion system powered by lithium-ion batteries, and is therefore …

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#SpaceWatchME Forecast: GLEX 2017 in Beijing, China

The Conference will bring together leaders and decision-makers within the science and human exploration community – engineers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, agency representatives and policy makers. The leaders in the field will converge in Beijing to discuss recent results, current challenges and innovative solutions and it will contain several opportunities to …

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Israel’s Spacecom Hangs Tough, Signals End of Xinwei Attempted Buyout

Israeli satellite communications company Spacecom has formally backed away from buyout talks with China’s Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, according to Space News. “At the moment there are no talks with Xinwei,” said Spacecom’s Senior Vice-President for Sales and Marketing, Jacob Keret, to Space News. Spacecom and Beijing Xinwei Technology Group …

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Space Mining an Opportunity for Middle East Oil Powers – Analyst

Middle Eastern oil powers are well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities presented by exploiting space resources such as water and preciois metal, according to an energy industry analyst based in Singapore. According to Bloomberg, Tom James, a partner with Singapore-based commodities and energy consultancy Navitas Resources, says that countries …

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