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Satellite Industry in the GCC

SpaceTech in Gulf publishes the first of its kind Satellite Report in the GCC Region

SpaceTech in Gulf, a SpaceTech research and consultancy initiative, has released the first-ever report on the Satellite Industry in the GCC region. The report offers insights into the history, main players, purposes, and applications of the Satellites ever launched since 1985 by the GCC countries.

Number of Satellites by Application

The report highlights the crucial role of satellites in the economic and social development of the GCC region, providing a reliable means of monitoring and managing the unique challenges faced by the region, such as harsh climate conditions and the need for robust communication and navigation infrastructure to operate efficiently.

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The report also provides recommendations on how to foster collaborations and partnerships between SpaceTech companies, develop a supportive regulatory framework, invest in R&D, establish academic and training programs, encourage indigenous SpaceTech capabilities, explore the potential of non-space applications of SpaceTech, prioritize sustainable technologies and practices, and create an ecosystem of incubators, accelerators, and venture capitalists that can support SpaceTech startups and entrepreneurs.

According to a recent study by @SpacetechGulf KSA emerged as the leader with 35 satellites launched out of a total of 60. UAE secured the second position by launching 22 satellites.

In a recent satellite launch initiative undertaken by GCC countries, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia emerged as the leader with 35 satellites launched out of a total of 60. The KSA launched 23 communication, 6 observation, and 6 education satellites. The United Arab Emirates secured the second position by launching 22 satellites, which comprised 8 communication, 8 education, and 6 observation satellites. The remaining 4 satellites were launched by Kuwait and Qatar combined.

Number of Satellites by countries

“We are delighted to release this report on the Satellite Industry in the GCC region. The report provides valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by the industry in the region, and we hope that it will serve as a roadmap for the development of a thriving SpaceTech industry in the GCC countries,” said Alex Cresniov, Founder of SpaceTech in Gulf.

Satellite Industry is an essential tool for the GCC region due to its unique geographical and economic characteristics. With vast expanses of desert and harsh climate conditions, the region faces significant challenges in areas such as agriculture, infrastructure development, and disaster management. Satellites provide a reliable means of monitoring and managing these challenges, by offering real-time data and imagery that can be used to plan and execute effective solutions. Moreover, the GCC countries are the biggest exporters of oil and gas, which require robust communication and navigation infrastructure to operate efficiently. Satellites play a crucial role in facilitating communication and navigation in the region, enabling reliable and efficient transportation of goods and services.

The GCC countries have ambitious plans to develop a thriving SpaceTech industry, with a focus on satellite manufacturing and launch services. Satellites will therefore be critical to the success of this vision, providing the necessary infrastructure for a wide range of applications, including communications, remote sensing, and scientific research. Overall, satellites are essential to the economic and social development of the GCC region, enabling greater connectivity, efficiency, and resilience in a rapidly changing global landscape. This report is an attempt to provide a landscape (history, main players, purposes and applications) of the Satellite Industry developed by the GCC countries.


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