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Issue #21  09/2016
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 21

Artworks of SpaceIL GLXP space craft
Credits: SpaceIL. on Twitter (@TeamSpaceIL)

This SpaceWatch Middle East Newsletter No 21 is sponsored by Newtec

Dear <<First Name>>

One of the highlights of the last two weeks was the IBC 2016 - the International Broadcast Conention in Amsterdam - IBC2016 finishes in the record books! SpaceWatch Middle East conducted a series of interviews. These will be published over the next week. Stay tune for those!


Another space highlight of the year is coming close IAC 2016 , the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Mexico. ThorGroup is proud to be a media partner of the event. If you attend the congress, please send us your story, your pictures. We are proud to publish that.

Live webcasts will be availeble from all plenaries sessions on one of these websites: IAF website or IAC 2016 website.


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:

Eran Privman of Israel’s SpaceIL – Ready to Play With the Big Boys

It’s been a disappointing few weeks for the Israeli space sector with the loss of Amos-6 and the troubled Ofek launch, but Eran Privman, CEO of SpaceIL – the Israeli outfit competing in the Google Lunar XPrize – is undeterred and is ready to take Israel to the Moon. ....

Still waiting to launch: Iran’s space programme and the ‘Resistance Economy’

Remember Iran’s potential as a significant regional player in space? So do we, but as ThorGroup’s Chairman Dr. John B. Sheldon points out, that potential will mean nothing without significant economic and political reform from Tehran. So far, though, there is little sign that much-needed reform is in the offing …

Innovation in outer space, it’s not rocket science – Part 1

SpaceWatch Middle East is privileged to republish this article by Andrea Boyd. The geopolitical impact of the topic also has a huge value in the Middle East region. Australia is the only OECD country without a national space agency. Andrea Boyd, an International Space Station Flight Operations Engineer at the …

Yahlive’s success with Farsi diaspora is only the beginning

With an estimated 140 million Farsi speakers worldwide, Yahlive seeks to provide quality satellite broadcast television channels to this community. Yahlive CEO Sami Boustany, in an Op-Ed originally published in Space News on September 7, 2016, lays out his company’s strategy to serve this important market. A community is commonly …

Israel’s double space whammy? Newly-launched Ofek-11 spy satellite not responding to commands

The Israeli government secretly launched its Ofek-11 electro-optical reconnaissance satellite on a Shavit space launch vehicle from Palmachim Air Base in Israel on the night of Tuesday, 13 September 2016. Shortly after launch, however, it became apparent that there were problems with the Ofek-11 satellite, built by Israel Aerospace Industries …


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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