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Orbital ATK Begins Assembly of Industry’s First Commercial In-Space Satellite Servicing System

Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defence technologies, announced on September 11, 2017, significant progress on the industry’s first commercial in-space satellite servicing system. The Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV 1) spacecraft successfully completed its critical design review earlier this year and is now in production with about 75% …

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UAE Space Agency Discusses Collaboration With The International Astronautical Federation

A UAE Space Agency delegation, led by Chairman H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, met with the President of the International Astronautical Federation, Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, to discuss a range of opportunities for collaboration in space science, research and education. H.E. Al Falasi also highlighted the UAE’s interest in …

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UAE Space Agency Discusses Challenges and Solutions On First Day of ICAO/UNOOSA Aerospace Symposium

Senior UAE Space Agency officials have delivered speeches on issues related to the space and aerospace sectors at a joint event held by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Held in Vienna, Austria, from August 29 to 31, the three-day …

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Morocco’s High-Resolution Earth Observation Satellite to be Launched by Arianespace in November 2017

Moroccan press sources are reporting that the kingdom’s first high-resolution Earth observation satellite – currently designated as MN35-13 – is being readied for launch on an Arianespace Vega space launch vehicle from Kourou in French Guiana on November 7 or 8, 2017. The MN35-13 satellite has been built by French-based …

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#SpaceWatchME Op’Ed: UAE’s Mars Ambitions – A Middle East Trailblazer

The UAE’s mission to Mars and its proposed Martian colony to be established by 2117 have garnered many headlines around the world. What is less known, however, are the critical economic and societal drivers behind these ambitious projects that are vital to the prosperity of the UAE well into the …

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Intelsat’s Stephen Spengler Appointed as Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

Intelsat S.A., operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and leader in integrated satellite communications, announced on August 24, 2017, that the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Spengler, has been named a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. The Broadband Commission, jointly managed by the International …

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Angola Enacts Its First Space Strategy for 2016-2025

Angola published its first space strategy in May 2017 containing highly ambitious measures to make use of space technologies, services, and products for the social and economic development of the country and reinforce Angola’s regional and international positioning. Angola’s space strategy establishes the main pillars and measures for state activities …

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UAE’s MBRSC Submits Official Bid Proposal to Host the International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) announced the submission of the official bid proposal to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), to host the 71st International Astronautical Congress in 2020 in Dubai. IAF will announce the IAC’s 2020 hosting city on the last day of the coming edition that will take …

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Kratos’ satID® Offers Industry’s Only TDMA Network Geolocation Capability to Combat VSAT Interference

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc., a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that its market leading satID® satellite interference geolocation product offers the industry’s only Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) network geolocation capability to combat Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) interference. The satID® product is recognized as the …

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#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Moriba Jah – Creating a Space Taxonomy for Space Situational Awareness

Our planet has a problem… or rather we have created a problem. The Earth’s orbital regimes are becoming increasingly populated with not only satellites but bits of debris of varying sizes: spent rocket stages, nuts, bolts, even fragments of paint and all of these objects pose a threat to operational …

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