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#SWMEThemes: The Middle East and the New Space Resource Economy

In the first of our week-long #SWMEThemes on the Middle East and Space Resources, Dr. Tom James of Navitas Resources LLP argues that with its heritage in extracting oil and gas from harsh environments and recent investments in space programmes, many Middle Eastern countries are well-placed to take advantage of the …

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Introducing #SWMEThemes: First Off, Space Resources and the Middle East

Here at SpaceWatch Middle East we are always looking to enhance the experience and education of our readers, as well as to engage the regional and international space community in relevant debates on issues of importance. In order to bring such lofty goals into reality, this coming week SpaceWatch Middle …

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Israel and India Sign Space Cooperation Agreements During PM Modi’s Visit

Israel and India have signed major space cooperation agreements during an official visit July 4-6, 2017, by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. The two countries already have a cooperative agreement on space launches, with several Israeli satellites launched on Indian space launch vehicles in recent years. The agreements …

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Israel’s IAI In Running To Supply Poland With Two Reconnaissance Satellites

Reports are emerging that Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) are being considered by the Polish Ministry of Defence to supply the Central European country with two high-resolution reconnaissance satellites valued at U.S.$2 billion. The Polish defence minister, Antoni Macierewicz, has sent a delegation of acquisition officials to IAI in Tel Aviv …

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ISU’s 30th Space Studies Program Kicks Off in Cork Ireland

Dr. Omar Hatamleh SSP director, kicked off the International Space University’s (ISU) 30th Space Studies Program (SSP17) in Cork, Ireland – hosted by the Cork Institute of Technology, CIT. In true ISU tradition, the participants, this year 112 from 26 countries, entered the Cork City Hall, in country groups carrying …

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Military Satellites Included In Massive U.S.-Saudi Arms Deal; Pressure Is On For France

Details are emerging about the U.S.$110 billion arms deal struck between the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the visit of President Donald J. Trump to Riyadh in May 2017. The main focus of the massive arms package on offer to Saudi Arabia are precision strike and …

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