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UAE New Space: Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 Announces Partnerships With Techstars And Starburst Startup Accelerators

Hub71, a global tech hub driven by Mubadala in collaboration with Microsoft, SoftBank Vision Fund and Abu Dhabi Global Market, announced that two new partners, Techstars and Starburst, will join Hub71 in Q4 of this year. Hub71 is a key initiative of the Abu Dhabi Government’s Ghadan 21 economic acceleration …

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Portugal Establishes National Space Agency Based In The Azores

Portugal has become the latest country to establish a national space agency. The new entity, called Portugal Space, will be headquartered in the Azores island of Santa Maria, the site of a proposed spaceport and a European Space Agency (ESA) Estrack tracking and telemetry station. Portugal Space was formally established …

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Pakistan Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With China To Enable First Pakistani Astronaut

Pakistan signed a space cooperation agreement with China at a ceremony in Beijing held on 27 April 2019 providing a framework for the training of Pakistani astronauts, space science and exploration, as well as the establishment of a Sino-Pakistani space committee that will discuss other cooperative initiatives in space. The …

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European Military Space: Romanian Space Agency Signs Space Situational Awareness Agreement With U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) reached a milestone with the signing of its 100th space situational awareness agreement when the Romanian Space Agency signed an agreement with USSTRATCOM on 25 April 2019. These agreements foster openness, predictability of space operations and transparency in space activities. With the signing, Romania becomes the …

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Germany To Draft New Space Laws And Regulations To Spur Lagging New Space Sector

Germany’s Ministry of Economy is drafting new space laws and regulations – that could be submitted to the Bundestag for ratification as soon as the end of this year – in order to incentivize the German private sector to invest in the rapidly growing global space sector, according to a …

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CNES’s Jean-Yves Le Gall Gives Opening Address At GLEC 2019 In Morocco

In the presence of Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the National Defense Administration of Morocco, and Mr. Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) and of the …

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UK Export Agency Supports Airbus UK’s $325 Million TurkSat Contract

The UK’s International Trade Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox, announced on 25 April 2019 that UK Export Finance (UKEF) will support an Airbus Defence and Space Ltd UK contract with Turksat, the Turkish communications satellite operator. Airbus will manufacture and deliver, in orbit, two telecom satellites and a ground station, which …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Aria Stirling Colton, Founder And CEO of National Space Innovation Hub

So much of the coverage of what happens in national, regional, and international space activities focuses on the technical aspects of space or on high-level policy making. A growing number of individuals and organisations, however, are bridging these two very different aspects of the space sector. In Australia, Aria Stirling Colton …

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Space Wars: U.S.-Led Military Space Coalition Takes Shape In Response To Space Threats

Surrounded by air chiefs from 11 other nations, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein plunged deep into discussion 11 April 2019 about the changing nature of space. The daylong meeting at a secure facility in Colorado Springs was the first time air chiefs from other countries …

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UAE’s MBRSC Launches Hope Generation STEM Education Initiative

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has launched the ‘Hope Generation’ initiative to help schools encourage students to study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM, fields and increase their curiosity about space science and exploration. This could be done through lectures, workshops and open meetings by MBRSC’s experts for …

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