UAE Space Agency discusses cooperation with South Korea

Dr. Mohammed Nasser Al-Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency. Photograph courtesy of

It was announced on 27 August 2016 that the UAE Space Agency is discussing means of joint cooperation with South Korea in the fields of peaceful exploration of outer space and space sector development. The negotiations are part of the Space Agency’s continued efforts to build bilateral relations with nations …

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Middle Eastern Lunar Missions: the Role of the Moon in the Middle East’s Spacefaring Future

An artist's depiction of the European Space Agency's Moon Village concept. Image courtesy of the European Space Agency.

The Moon is rapidly becoming the destination of choice for space agencies and companies since it poses less technical and financial risk than going directly to Mars. ThorGroup GmbH’s intern in Washington, DC – Nickolas J. Boensch – explores the emerging ‘Moon Rush’ and the possible roles and opportunities for …

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Israel’s Spacecom to be sold to Chinese group after launch of Amos-6

AMOS-6, photograph courtesy of Spacecom.

Shareholder’s of Israel’s Spacecom, operator of the Amos fleet of commercial communications satellites, announced on 24 August 2016 that they has agreed to sell the company for U.S.$285 million to Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group Co. Ltd. It is believed that the sale will proceed, subject to Israeli …

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UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre to host Emirates Mars Mission workshop in October 2016

Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Credits: Jeffrey E. Biteng, The National.

The United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the 2nd Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop, which targets students, graduates and educational entities from various UAE universities. The workshop, which will be held on October 3rd at The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, will address …

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Qatar’s Es’hail-2 launch delayed to 3rd Quarter of 2017

Artist's conception of Es'hailSat's Es'hail-2 telecommunications satellite. Credits: MELCO.

Qatar’s Es’hailSat has announced that it’s Es’hail-2 satellite will now be launched in the third quarter of 2017 rather than in December 2016 as originally planned. There has been no word as to why the launch date for Es’hail-2 has slipped by at least six months. Es’hail-2 will be launched …

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Qatar’s Nakilat LNG and LPG ships to get SATCOM upgrade from Global Eagle Entertainment

Credits: Nakilat.

Nakilat, the shipping arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas sector, has entered into a contract with Global Eagle Entertainment Inc.’s Emerging Markets Communications (EMC) service line to provide marine very-small aperture terminal (VSAT) services for vessels in its fleet of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) carriers. …

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Politics bite back: Turkish space ambitions on hold after attempted coup

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Credits: Wikipedia.

The attempted coup by elements of the Turkish military on 15 July 2016 has more than just interrupted the daily rhythms of Turkish politics – it has completely upended the political order as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) consolidate power by ruthlessly pursuing their …

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Refugee camps at Syrian-Jordanian border have expanded rapidly, according to UN analysis of UrtheCast satellite imagery

Image of refugee camp at the Syrian-Jordanian border taken by UrtheCast's Deimos-2 remote sensing satellite. Credits: UrtheCast.

The Syrian Civil War continues unabated, as does its human suffering. Satellite technologies play an important role in monitoring the Syrian conflict and are used by humanitarian agencies to try and help those who are suffering the most. Theras Wood of Canadian Earth observation company UrtheCast provides an account of …

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President Rouhani names new members to Iran’s Supreme Council of Space

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photograph courtesy of Wikipedia.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed three new members to the Supreme Council of Space – the supreme space policy-making body in Iran – on 14 August 2016. The three individuals appointed to the Supreme Council of Space are Elham Aminzadeh, Mostafa Safavi-Homami and Hassan Shafti. Each appointment lasts for four …

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Yahlive extends partnership with BBC to broadcast across the Middle East and South West Asia


Yahlive, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite joint venture between the world leading satellite operator SES and UAE satellite company Yahsat, announced on 16 August 2016 that it has signed a contract renewal with the BBC World Service. As part of the ongoing agreement, the BBC will continue the broadcast of its …

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