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Welcome to your SpaceWatch Middle East Newsletter.

This week, we are pleased to feature an exclusive article from ThorGroup Chairman, John B. Sheldon, that focuses on the alliance between Turkey and Qatar founded on their common goals and perspectives on recent developments in the Middle East region.

So what does this mean in terms of space?  It seems that this Turkish-Qatari alliance could extend to the sharing of satellite imagery between the two nations, who both have a strong interest in the acquisition of satellite reconnaissance capabilities.

In this article, John B. Sheldon delves deeper to discover more about this relationship and the potential implications it could hold for Middle East geopolitics.

Please enjoy reading this fascinating insight from SpaceWatch Middle East.


News: UAE and United States sign SSA data sharing agreement

The UAE Space Agency and US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Colorado Springs, United States, on Monday, 11 April 2016, committing both the UAE and the United States to share space situational awareness (SSA) data. Dr. Khalifa Al Romaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency, …

News: Arabsat holds board meeting in Riyadh

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization – Arabsat – held a board meeting in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on 11-12 April 2016. The board meeting involved directors from nine Arab League countries who are elected annually. The Arabsat board meets every three months.

Analysis: The Turkish-Qatari plot thickens

Shared views on the Muslim Brotherhood and Syria’s civil war saw the two countries join sides. But now a new interest binds them: reconnaissance capabilities – and Turkey’s earth observation satellites have never been as attractive. But does this defence cooperation have a space component? And what does such a …
Thank you very much your interest and your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

John Sheldon (Chairman and President),
Torsten Kriening (Chief Operating Officer)

of the SpaceWatch Middle East team.

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