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Issue #19  08/2016
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 19

Rukban, Syria, taken on 16 April 2016 by UrtheCast’s Deimos-2 satellite. Over 10,000 Syrians currently inhabit this camp.
Credits: UrtheCast

Dear <<First Name>>

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

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 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:

Satellite spectrum issues for the Middle East: an interview with Hans-Juergen Tscheulin

Space and satellites are often treated as an intrinsically exciting and glamorous field of activity. Yet the issue of spectrum requirements, regulatory filings, and spectrum management are all too often considered to be unglamorous, and as a result are unfairly and dangerously ignored. The reality is that without a competent …

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

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 …

UAE Space Agency, Mubadala and Lockheed Martin launch comprehensive space-based workforce development programme

On 8 August 2016 global technology leader Lockheed Martin, the UAE Space Agency and Mubadala launched a space-based workforce training programme to develop emerging leaders in the UAE space industry. Generation Space: The Space Fundamentals Training Program for early career professionals across the UAE aerospace industry will run for the …

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

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 …

German space agency develops anti-jamming and spoofing system for maritime domain

With the regular occurrence of satellite jamming in the Middle East, scientists at the Germany space agency – DLR – seem to have come up with one solution that might mitigate the worst effects of this phenomenon. Ships can be led astray with fake GPS signals. If signals for navigation …

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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