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Iranian satellites to share information system of the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation

During the 10th annual summit of member states of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO) it was announced that Iran has been given permission for its satellites to share the APSCO information system. The summit, held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 6-8 September 2016, also agreed that Iranian satellites be accepted …

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Israel’s double space whammy? Newly-launched Ofek-11 spy satellite not responding to commands

The Israeli government secretly launched its Ofek-11 electro-optical reconnaissance satellite on a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on the night of Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Shortly after launch, however, it became apparent that there were problems with the Ofek-11 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries …

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Turkey and Japan sign space cooperation agreement for International Space Station

On 8 September 2016, Mr. Yuichi Yamaura, Vice President of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and H.E. Dr. Cihan Kanlıgöz, Director General of the Aeronautics and Space Technologies, the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey, signed a new Cooperation Arrangement concerning the utilisation …

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Israel orders a new Ofek reconnaissance satellite from IAI

Israeli online publication Israel Defense reports that the Israeli government has placed an order for an ‘Ofek’ electro-optical high-resolution reconnaissance satellite with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). According to the Israel Defense report, published on 6 September 2016, the Israeli Ministry of Defence placed the order with IAI some time ago …

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Challenges and Opportunities for a Kuwaiti Space Programme, Part I

As Kuwait considers its space future, SpaceWatch Middle East contributor Ghanim Alotaibi, a Kuwaiti engineer and Space Generation Advisory Council member, examines some of the challenges Kuwaiti leaders will have to address in the first of a series of articles that will be published in the coming weeks. Introduction Two years ago, a …

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