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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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SES partners with International Organisation for Migration to create disaster management manual

SES S.A. announced on 2 November 2016 that it has been selected by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) to create a digital emergency manual, in a project funded by the Luxembourg Government. IOM, which carries out humanitarian operations globally to address the most urgent needs of displaced populations, updated …

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Digital Society Conference 2016: “Defending Democracy – Increasing Innovation”

In our digital age, democracy is at risk. Military cyber attackers infiltrate democratic processes and institutions, while totalitarian states stabilise through mass surveillance and censorship. International mass surveillance undermines civil and human rights and erodes trust in digitisation. Knowledge and opinion on the Internet are increasingly fabricated and abused to manipulate …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre participates in World Space Risk Forum

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has participated in the World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) 2016, a global event that brings together a large number of international experts and specialists in the field of space industry from around the world. During the opening session, the forum rewarded MBRSC with …

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WORLD SPACE RISK FORUM 2016 ENDS ON ‘HIGH’ NOTE

Unlocking business in space The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF 2016) concluded 4 November 2016 in Dubai with wide-ranging discussions related to innovation within the space sector and risk management with an emphasis on learning from the past, sharing ideas and looking to the future. As the leading global forum …

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UAE National Space Policy: An initial assessment

As part of the new partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner. Reproduced here is Michael’s commentary on the recently completed UAE National …

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United States holds space security dialogue with UAE; dialogue with Israel next week

A U.S. delegation led by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, the Honourable Frank A Rose, met with their counterparts from the United Arab Emirates, led by H.E. Khalifa Mohamed Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, for the second UAE-U.S. Space Security Dialogue held …

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