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Issue #30  01/2017
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 30
 
 
On January 14, 2017, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 successfully delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit for Iridium, a global leader in mobile voice and data satellite communications.  Picture credits: SpaceX

 
This SpaceWatch Middle East Newsletter No 30 is sponsored by  L3T.
 

Dear <<First Name>>

We begin our newsletter this week with the great news that SpaceX has returned to flight. On January 14, the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket delivered 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into Low Earth Orbit. Not only that, the SpaceX team successfully landed the launch vehicle onto its “Just Read the Instructions” drone ship.  Great news to see such a fast recovery after the launch service provider experienced an anomaly on the AMOS-6 mission back in September 2016 during a pre-launch static test fire.

We are also delighted to announce that our very own Torsten Kriening will be a moderator at the Global Space Congress to be held in Abu Dhabi from 31st January-1st February.  The panel, to be held during the Satellite Communications Symposium, will assess global demand for satellite capacity  and will look at new technologies, new satellites, and new frequencies allocations for new needs. It will also focus on the opportunities that can be gleaned from the ongoing convergence of MSS and FSS and whether emerging markets can compensate for falling markets in established economies. Come to join us if you plan to attend.

Over the past two weeks SpaceWatch Middle East reported on a number of exciting space & cyber developments throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Among the stories that caught our attention were:

As always, we're on the lookout for contributors to SpaceWatch Middle East. If you have something to say about space and the Middle East, please contact us at office@spacewatchme.com .

In the meantime, follow our hashtag #SpaceWatchMe on Twitter, Instagram and our Facebook page, and read our stories, features, and interviews at www.spacewatchme.com. Amongst the other features and stories we published over the past two weeks are the following:

The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Joerg Kreisel of JKIC – NewSpace – Hype or Serious Investment Opportunities?

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Torsten Kriening speaks to Joerg Kreisel of JKIC. Joerg gives his perspective on NewSpace and whether it is hype or a serious investment opportunity? The term NewSpace is all over the place. What is it in your view? This is a valid …

#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Satellite Sovereignty – Middle East

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

In the past, we have looked to nations such as Russia and the United States for our inspiration in space. For decades, these countries have dominated the space sector. However, new national players are emerging, proving that space is no longer the domain of the richest and most powerful nations. …

#SpaceWatchME Forecast: The Conferences of CABSAT 2017

Martin Jarrold, Chief of International Programme Development, GVF and Chair, Satellite Hub Summit @ CABSAT 2017 | Chair, SATEXPO @ CABSAT 2017 gives an outlook of the upcoming conference. CABSAT has a new conference dimension this year. Not only will the exhibition be augmented by the regular feature of the …

UAE’s Thuraya subject of Chinese bid, but denies any talks are underway

Peter B. de Selding, the former international correspondent of Space News, reports in his new venture SpaceIntelReport.com, that Hong Kong-based company China Trends Holdings Ltd. is considering buying Dubai-based satellite communications company Thuraya for U.S.$201 million. Within days of the announcement by China Trends Holdings Ltd., Thuraya issued a statement …

 
 

Thank you very much your interest and your ongoing support.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Jameson (Contributing Editor),
Torsten Kriening (Chief Operating Officer)

of the SpaceWatch Middle East team.


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