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Middle Eastern Lunar Missions: the Role of the Moon in the Middle East’s Spacefaring Future

The Moon is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for space agencies and companies since it poses less technical and financial risk than going directly to Mars. ThorGroup GmbH’s intern in Washington, DC – Nickolas J. Boensch – explores the emerging ‘Moon Rush’ and the possible roles and opportunities for …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to host Emirates Mars Mission workshop in October 2016

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address …

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UAE Space Agency, Mubadala and Lockheed Martin launch comprehensive space-based workforce development programme

On 8 August 2016 global technology leader Lockheed Martin, the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala launched a space-based workforce training programme to develop emerging leaders in the UAE space industry. Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program for early career professionals across the UAE aerospace industry will run for the …

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Algeria’s AlSat-Nano prepared for early September launch from India

Algeria’s AlSat-Nano is being readied for launch sometime between late August and early September 2016 from the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Satish Dhawan Space Centre, in Andhra Pradesh on the eastern coast of India. AlSat-Nano is sharing the launch into orbit on an ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) …

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Current issues in Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management

The geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) satellite belt is a unique location above the earth affording a continuous line-of-sight to satellite uplink and downlink stations. The volume defined by this belt is large, but available slots are limited. During the last fifty years of the space age, this volume has become …

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Iran to launch two homemade satellites by March 2017

The head of the Iranian Space Agency (ISA), Mohsen Bahrami, announced on 12 July 2016 that Iran will launch at least two indigenously built satellites by March 2017. Speaking at a press conference, Dr. Bahrami said, “At-Sat [also known as AUTSAT-1], Nahid 1, and Dousti are the satellites their design …

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