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Oman And India To Collaborate On Space Projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman in February 2018 has resulted in the release of a joint statement by Muscat and New Delhi identifying space as one of several sectors in which the two nations could collaborate. As a result of Modi’s visit earlier this year, a Memorandum …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Forgotten Disc. A Path to Peace. by Michelle Hanlon

Nestled inside a protective aluminum shell is a silicon disc about the size of a United States half dollar.  Inscribed on this disc are microscopic messages from leaders of 73 nations solicited by Thomas Paine, then head of NASA.  The messages, intended to be left on the Moon for posterity, …

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UAE Space Agency Signs Agreement With NASA For Human Spaceflight Assistance

The UAE Space Agency has signed an agreement with the U.S. space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to cooperate in the peaceful uses of outer space and with the new UAE Astronaut Programme. The letter of intent was signed by Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director-General of the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Andrea Jaime of Space Generation Advisory Council

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) is carrying out critical work in terms of inspiring and guiding young people that wish to forge careers in the space industry. This support is provided by a dedicated team working at SGAC that are constantly focused on the delivery of the organisation’s vision. …

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UK’s Goonhilly Looks To Expand Business In Australia And Asia-Pacific

Industry veteran Bob Gough has joined the team at Goonhilly Earth Station as the company bids to expand its operations and develop new business opportunities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. Gough will oversee commercial expansion across the region and will grow Goonhilly’s customer base in this new market, one that …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: UNISPACE+50: It Was The Best Of Times – It Was The Worst Of Times

By Dr. Michael K. Simpson The good, the bad, the great, and the ugly were all on display as the United Nations community gathered in Vienna last month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN space policy conference. Dubbed UNISPACE+50, the celebration commemorated UNISPACE I, a conference that …

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UAE To Send First Astronaut To ISS In 2019 With Russian Help

UAE astronaut

The UAE has announced that its first astronaut will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019 with the assistance of the Russian space agency, Roscosmos. This confirms rumours circulating last month about the possibility of the UAE’s first astronaut being sent into orbit in 2019, despite the …

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Dmitry Rogozin Appointed New Head of Roscosmos

by Dmitry Oliferovich, Editor SpaceWatch Russia&CIS Last month ex-deputy prime minister of Russia Dmitry Rogozin was appointed Director General the Roscosmos Corporation by Vladimir Putin, replacing Igor Komarov, who had headed the agency since 2015. Mr. Rogozin has overseen Russia’s space industry since 2011. He was placed under US sanctions …

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