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The Dubai Declaration on Outer Space

Earlier this week, SpaceWatch Middle East published an Op-Ed by Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive-Director of Secure World Foundation, who wrote about the significance of the Dubai Declaration released in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 24 November 2016. Today, SpaceWatch Middle East publishes the Dubai Declaration in its entirety. Adopted at the first High …

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Pakistan to get Earth imaging satellite from China in 2018

China Great Wall Industry Corporation announced on 26 November 2016 that it is making inroads into the Middle East’s Earth observation satellite market, and that the remote sensing satellite it is building for Pakistan will be launched in 2018. Speaking on the sidelines of the Symposium on Space International Cooperation …

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Op’ed: Dubai Declaration: A Long-Term Vision for Space

Dubai and Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre hosted the UN High Level Forum ‘Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic Sustainable Development’ last week. SpaceWatch Middle East asked Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive Director of Secure World Foundation, to gives his take on the UN’s long-term vision in space and the Dubai …

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United Nations and United Arab Emirates High Level Forum: “Space as a Driver for Socio-economic Development”

More than 100 participants from all parts of the international space community will gather in Dubai from 20 to 24 November 2016 to identify ways to harness space technology and applications for socio-economic development. The first United Nations/United Arab Emirates High Level Forum on Space as a Driver for Socio-Economic …

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Iran’s endless war against private satellite TV nets over 713,000 dishes since early 2016

Tehran’s police chief, General Lofti, told an audience at a Chastity and Hijab meeting held on 13 November 2016, that Iranian authorities have seized 713,546 satellite dishes, 923,299 low-noise block downconverters (LNB’s) and 10,766 satellite receivers over the past seven months. Further, General Lofti  informed his audience that authorities have …

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German foreign intelligence service to get its own reconnaissance satellite in 2022

German news outlet Deutsche Welle, along with other German media sources, reports that the German federal foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), has been allocated a U.S.435 million (approximately 400 million Euros) budget line to acquire its own high-resolution satellite reconnaissance system expected to enter service in 2022. The BND …

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Op’ed: Space in Europe: we are living in exciting times!

Europe is about to make key decisions that will affect its place in space for the coming years. Through its flagship projects, both current and future, it will strive to ensure that it remains a strong and influential player. Vera Pinto Gomes, Policy Analyst at the EU Satellite Navigation Programme, gives her …

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Forward Thinking: 700 Global Experts Converge on Dubai to Shape a New Global Future

The inaugural Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils opens on Sunday 12 November in Dubai, bringing together more than 700 experts from around the world to generate ideas and solutions to prepare the world for the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With experts comprising leading figures from …

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UK Space: Commercial and scientific excellence under political uncertainty

The UK space sector has made great strides over the past several years, and has established a strong network of partnerships throughout the Middle East. Yet the British decision to exit the European Union poses many challenges for the UK space and satellite industry. SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson examines …

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