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Issue #35  04/2017
SpaceWatch Middle East
Your Newsletter No 35
GVF Satellite Hub at CabSat 2017 -  SpaceWatch Middle East  moderates the panel "Mission Criticality, Satellites in humanitarian crisis" with Inmarsat, Thuraya, Newtec,  Global Satellite VU and Speedcast.


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Just when you wondered whether they could achieve something monumental again….they did!!
SpaceX have flown a re-used rocket successfully for the very first time. This enormously significant milestone is the beginning of sustainability in spaceflight and truly disrupts the launch market. For years now, the pioneering space company has been working on how to bring a rocket back to Earth, which they have achieved on several occasions. Now, the first re-conditioned rocket has been put to use again, placing the SES-10 satellite into orbit. The Falcon 9’s first stage previously supported the CRS-8 mission in April 2016.
Once the satellite was injected into orbit, the Falcon 9 first stage was safely returned to Earth, landing on SpaceX’s droneship, “Of Course I Still Love You”.
This promises to transform the economies of space. Re-usability is key to bringing down the cost of future launches and makes the concept of colonies on the moon and on Mars realistic. It spells the start of a new era in launch and in space technology development. Elon Musk, following the launch, did say that the discount on a used Falcon 9 would be ‘meaningful’. This is sure to act as a catalyst for the already booming satellite industry, as the barriers to space are lowered further.

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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 Op’ed: Defining a New Space Era

Over the past 12 months, we have heard a lot about it. It is being discussed at conferences, throughout exhibition halls, in the press and throughout the space industry at large. It is NewSpace. But what is it? SpaceWatch Middle East contributing editor Helen Jameson, gives her take on NewSpace; …

The Precis: UK Domestic Space Law

As part of the new partnership between SpaceWatch Middle East and The Précis, we will occasionally be publishing selected articles from the publication. The Précis is a quarterly space law and policy report produced by Space Law & Policy Solutions, run by the prominent space lawyer and friend of SpaceWatch Middle East, Michael J. Listner. ...

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) plans to create a joint remote earth sensing system by integrating the space- and ground-based capabilities of its member states, to include Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan, by 2019. “In the first half of 2018, the Eurasian Economic Commission plans to draft an intergovernmental …

Iranian politicians representing the city of Shiraz in the Fars district of Iran have publicly claimed that Iranian government satellite jamming activities are causing significant health problems for their constituents. Members of the Iranian parliament (called the Majlis in Farsi), Ali Akbari and Masoud Rezaee, have been vocal in their …

China To Contribute Funds to Egypt’s Space Programme

China has agreed to contribute U.S.$64 million to the Egyptian earth observation satellite programme, EgyptSat, as part of a new cooperation agreement between the two counties signed on March 21, 2017. The funding will be contingent on a feasibility study on the EgyptSat programme, but is thought to be a …


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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