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Issue #17  07/2016
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 17

This beautiful, natural-colour image from Sentinel-2A on 18 September 2015 features the small nation of Bahrain and parts of eastern Saudi Arabia.
Located on the southwestern coast of the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is a small Arab state, made up of an archipelago consisting of Bahrain Island and some 30 smaller islands.
Owing to the high-resolution multispectral instrument on Sentinel-2A, the colour difference of the various types of surfaces is striking.

Credits: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA

Dear <<First Name>>

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

  • The failed coup attempt in Turkey on 15 July 2016 had tragic consequences for the Turkish space sector when two TURKSAT employees were killed. Further, the political consequences will likely cause a delay in the creation of the Turkish Space Agency.
  • Jordanian startup, ArabiaWeather, is a great example of the kind of space startups needed throughout the region. The regulatory and political challenges startups like this face in the Middle East, however, are stifling innovation and much-needed job creation.
  • Lastly, SpaceWatch Middle East has been publishing reports from the 29th Space Studies Programme being run by the International Space University at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. We shall be publishing more updates over the coming weeks.

We're still looking 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 and on our Facebook page, and read our stories, features, and interviews at Among the other features and stories we published over the past two weeks are the following:

Current issues in Space Situational Awareness and Space Traffic Management

The geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) satellite belt is a unique location above the earth affording a continuous line-of-sight to satellite uplink and downlink stations. The volume defined by this belt is large, but available slots are limited. During the last fifty years of the space age, this volume has become …

The New Asian Space Race

Asia is home to three established space powers – Japan, China and India – and there are several new players, some with rising aspirations of reaching the Moon, thus giving way to a new competition in Asia. The fact that six of the ten countries – China, India, Iran, Israel, …

Kuwait mulling development of a national satellite capability

The Kuwaiti cabinet, the Council of Ministers, is considering the acquisition and launch of a satellite, according to local reports in Kuwait City. Draft legislation has been submitted to the cabinet from the Communications and Information Technology Commission. The reports say that the cabinet has formed a committee to examine …

Euroconsult: 20 New Countries to Invest in Space Programmes by 2025

Around 130 satellites forecast to be launched by emerging space programs in next 10 years. According to Euroconsult’s latest report, Trends & Prospects for Emerging Space Programs, 24 countries are identified as emerging space programs (ESPs) in 2015 having launched a total of 69 satellites in the last 20 years. …

The Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover is coming to the Bir Zekreet desert in Qatar

The PT Scientists are aiming high – they are shooting for the Moon. By the end of 2017, a group of 30 scientists and engineers wants to send an unmanned rover to the Moon as part of the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP) competition which was proclaimed …

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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