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Saudi Arabia In Space Cooperation Talks With Kazakhstan And South Korea

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is understood to be in separate talks with Kazakhstan regarding space cooperation, and South Korea regarding economic cooperation in satellite manufacturing and applications, according to Saudi and regional press reports. Discussions in separate meetings were held in Saudi Arabia during December 2019, and signal another …

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Indonesia In Talks With Russia To Launch First Astronaut

Indonesia is understood to be in talks with Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, about the possibility of Russia training and launching the Southeast Asian country’s first astronaut. This makes Indonesia the latest country to be in talks with Russia about its human spaceflight ambitions, with Turkey, Hungary, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, …

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UAE’s Sharjah Hosts Emirati-Japanese Workshop On Space Exploration

The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology at Sharjah University hosted a joint Emirati-Japanese workshop on planetary exploration, in cooperation with the UAE Space Agency, the Chiba Institute of Technology and CITJAMSS. The workshop aimed to introduce the UAE’s key developments and achievements in the global space sector …

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Macao Contributes To Chinese Space Exploration With Satellite And Research Centre

Macao’s first space exploration satellite was named Macao Science 1, the special administrative region (SAR)’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng announced Sunday at an opening ceremony of an aerospace exhibition. During the opening ceremony, vice administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) Wu Yanhua also announced …

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Egypt Opens Astronaut Selection Competition In Middle East Human Spaceflight Rush

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency, Mohammed el-Qousy, announced on 25 December 2019 that the agency will launch a nationwide, six-year long competition to select Egypt’s first astronaut. Addressing a delegation of the Education and Scientific Research Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, el-Qousy said that the selection …

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UAE’s MBRSC Showcases Research At 2019 American Geophysical Union Meet

A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), along with university students who are part of a space science research programme affiliated with the centre, participated in the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019. The meeting is the largest annual international gathering related to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: André Rypl of UN COPUOS

SpaceWatch.Global recently caught up with Andre Rypl, Chair of the 62nd session of the UN COPUOS, to get an update on the 21 Guidelines for the Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space Activities. Thank-you for the opportunity to provide some background information and details on the 21 Guidelines for the Long-Term …

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Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye Reportedly Looking To Build Four Types Of Mayak Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle

Ukrainian and Russian press are reporting that Ukrainian aerospace giant and design office Yuzhnoye is planning to build four variants of its Mayak heavy lift space launch vehicle, subject to Western investment. The four variants are the Mayak SH-3, capable of lofting 59 tonne payloads to low-Earth orbit (LEO); Mayak …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Harriet Brettle

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Harriet Brettle of Astroscale. by Harriet Brettle 2019 has been an absolute whirlwind! This time last year I had just returned to the …

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Chinese Lasers Accurately Detect Space Debris

Chinese researchers have improved the accuracy in detecting space junk in earth’s orbit, providing a more effective way to plot safe routes for spacecraft maneuvers. “The possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to one!” exclaimed C-3PO as Han Solo directed the Millennium Falcon into an asteroid …

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