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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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At the start of a new space age

The European Space Agency (ESA) is one of the largest space organisations in the world, and has established many formal and informal links with Middle East governments, agencies, research institutes, and universities. SpaceWatch Middle East re-publishes here the Foreword written by the ESA Director-General, Jan Woerner, to the 2016 European …

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Iranian Space Agency completes conceptual design of manned spacecraft

The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) completed its conceptual design for a manned spacecraft, including a human-rated space capsule and a launch vehicle, according to a report from Iranian news outlet, Tasnim News Agency. The human-rated space capsule will weigh one ton, and will be launched into space and safely returned …

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First private Mission to the Moon awarded a Bronze Lion at the Cannes Festival of Creativity

PTScientists, the German team of scientists and engineers working with AUDI and the media agency Thjnk behind the first private Mission to the Moon have been awarded a Bronze Lion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. As SpaceWatch Middle East reported the other week, the PTScientists team had been …

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The Spectacular Rise of the UAE Space Agency and the Challenges Ahead

Where does the UAE Space Agency go after the Hope Mars Mission is achieved after 2021? Building and sustaining success, and therefore public and political support, is a challenge for all space agencies. The solutions to this challenge, however, can only be found in the United Arab Emirates. ThorGroup’s Chairman …

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NASA’s Charlie Bolden visits UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

On 15 June 2016, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) accompanied by a number of NASA officials and representatives of the United States Embassy in the UAE and the United States Consulate in Dubai. Bolden and the accompanying delegation met with His Excellency Yousuf …

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