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Issue #36  04/2017
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 36


Dear <<First Name>>

On April 12, thrilling news was announced from the UAE as the National Space Programme was launched and the programme strategy was approved. If that was not exciting enough, training has begun for the first Emirati astronaut to be sent to the International Space Station.
“Our national space programme is a solid platform to prepare Emirati cadres specialized in aerospace sciences, and qualify future generations that are able to contribute to humanity’s knowledge,” Mohammed bin Rashid said.  “We plan to send the first Emirati astronaut to space over the next few years, and starting from today, we are preparing the first Emirati and Arab astronaut to join scientists at the International Space Station.”
These milestone announcements demonstrate that the UAE is absolutely serious about contending in space on a global level. The programme will create a new generation of young engineers and astronauts that will shape the future of the UAE in space.

We are also delighted to tell you that this issue of the SpaceWatch Middle East newsletter is being sponsored by the World Space Risk Forum which will take place in London this year.  Please refer to for further updates on the event in the coming weeks and months.

In the last 30 days, we received 10,000 visitors to our site and we cannot thank you enough for your support. We will endeavour to continue to bring you the news and features on the fascinating industry that is space in the Middle East region - and beyond. We have also added a new feature to our website: the 5 most read articles. We hope that you find this useful.

Our SpaceWatch Middle East APP is live and available on iTunes AppStore and Google Play. Thanks for the hundreds of downloads over the last two weeks. We’re very excited about the prospect of bringing the news to you no matter where you are! Please check your store and let us know your experience with the APP. It is SpaceWatch Middle East in YOUR pocket!

Finally, there have been some significant developments in Turkey’s nascent space industry and we have been reporting on them. The country has spent over $1 billion on space programmes, and is now ready to establish itself as a major player in the global space industry, despite the current political instability. With plans afoot for the launch of an indigenous satellite by 2019 and the creation of a national space agency seemingly moving ahead, Turkey is planning to become a self-sufficient space nation that is able to compete on an international level. We hope you enjoy this special focus on Turkey. Over the past week 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 .
In the meantime, follow our hashtag #SpaceWatchMe on Twitter, Instagram and our Facebook page, and read our stories, features, and interviews at Amongst the other features and stories we published over the past week are the following:

#SpaceWatchME Interviews: Meidad Pariente of Sky and Space Global

In the latest of our SpaceWatch Middle East interview series, Helen Jameson had the pleasure of speaking to Meidad Pariente, CTO and Co-Founder of Sky and Space Global. To begin with, can you give us some background on the SSG concept? Sky and Space Global will provide narrowband communication services …

The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Hadi Nazari of NorthTelecom – A Belief in Collaboration

In the latest SpaceWatch Middle East interview, Torsten Kriening talks to Hadi Nazari, Group CEO of NorthTelecom, about their recent acquisition and future market trends at CabSat 2017. Hadi, thanks for your time today. Can you tell us about your general assessment of the satellite communications market today? We see threats …

Throughout the Middle East, one of the most geopolitically consequential regions in the world, countries are using space for a range of civil, commercial, and security purposes. It is a region where space is contested, a means to prestige, and the subject of political and economic development and controversy. For …

The #SpaceWatchME Interviews: Stephen Spengler of Intelsat

As part of a partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and the World Space Risk Forum we will occasionally be publishing selected articles and interviews from that organisation. The World Space Risk Forum (WSRF) was set up in 2010 for the global space community to better understand space risks, new technologies, and innovations with the …

Vera Pinto Gomes, space policy analyst at the European Comission, presented the current situation on the European Satellite Navigation Programs and Europe’s initiative for Space Start up’s at Disrupt Space 2017 in Berlin on March 14, 2017.  What have we achieved so far? Last year was a very successful year …

#SpaceWatchME Op’ed: Insight – Tabletop Exercises to Help Reduce the Risk of Conflict in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and Secure World Foundation we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the organisation. Secure World Foundation envisions the secure, sustainable and peaceful uses of outer space contributing to global stability and benefits on Earth. The mission of the Secure World Foundation is to …


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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