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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre participates in World Space Risk Forum

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated in the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) 2016, a global event that brings together a large number of international experts and specialists in the field of space industry from around the world. During the opening session, the forum rewarded MBRSC with …

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UAE National Space Policy: An initial assessment

As part of the new partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner. Reproduced here is Michael’s commentary on the recently completed UAE National …

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum green lights next phase of UAE Mission to Mars

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reviewed the designs of the Hope Probe, as part of the Emirates Mars Mission, on 2 November 2016. The project will send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021 marking …

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Interview: Initiating a New Space Age with TeamIndus

The U.S.$30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at …

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London conference to define space trends of the next decade

Next week, the British Interplanetary Society will once again host the 14th iteration of the Reinventing Space conference and exhibition. The event will bring together industry, agencies, governments, financiers, academia and end users to discuss the trends that will define space enterprise a decade from now. Running from 24 – …

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Matthew Cosby joins the Goonhilly board of directors

Renowned teleport operator Goonhilly Earth Station, has announced that it will welcome Matthew Cosby to its executive management board in the role of Director of Space Engineering. Goonhilly serves satellite operators, commercial satellite services, space agencies, and research organizations in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and …

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Challenges and Opportunities for a Kuwaiti Space Programme, Part II

Several weeks ago SpaceWatch Middle East contributor Ghanim Alotaibi, a Kuwaiti engineer and Space Generation Advisory Council member, wrote of the need for a Kuwaiti space programme, but that such an endeavor faces several challenges, starting with the challenge of ‘Kuwaitisation’. This week, Ghanim address the other three challenges Kuwaiti leaders will …

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The Greatest (Space) Show on Earth

World Space Week (WSW) is in full swing with events taking place all around the world in celebration of the impact that space has on mankind. The largest annual space event on Earth was founded by the United Nations General Assembly and has been running every year since 1999. The …

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Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission, bids farewell after rendezvous with comet Chury

Bern, 27 September 2016 – Rosetta is set to complete its mission in a controlled descent to the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 30 September 2016. The University of Bern, which played an important role namely with on-board instruments such as Rosina, is organising a farewell event on Friday 30 September as …

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