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Pioneering space magazine set to give true insight into Middle East market

March 3, Bern, Switzerland: Middle Eastern countries are at a very exciting stage in their development as space players. These countries are acquiring and developing their own satellites, nurturing their first generation of engineers and have an insatiable appetite for satellite services as they embrace trends in video and mobile technology. Aside from developments in communications, countries in the Middle East have far-reaching ambitions that stretch all the way to Mars with the United Arab Emirates' Hope mission planned for 2021. Online magazine and portal SpaceWatch Middle East, published by ThorGroup GmbH, is seeking to transform coverage of the region’s space activities and to deliver a fresh and innovative take on this dynamic market.

Despite a surge in activity in the Middle East, information and news on the region's space activities is currently limited and lacks a geopolitical perspective. As the region pushes ahead with unprecedented space ambitions, the industry needs crucial insight now more than ever.

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John B. Sheldon, Chairman and President of ThorGroup GmbH explains: “The Middle East is expected to be the fastest-growing region for space development and satellite sales in the coming years. Interest will not be confined to the space communities in Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Tehran and Riyadh, but also in Paris, Bangalore, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing Sydney and Washington. SpaceWatch Middle East will be an important online magazine that focuses on regional space developments for a global audience.”

A departure from the traditional magazine content, SpaceWatch Middle East aims to cover the entire spectrum of Middle East space activities from commercial New Space developments to the intersection of space and geopolitics in one of the most consequential regions of the world – and this is your chance to be a part of it.

From March 3, ThorGroup GmbH is embarking on a crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds necessary to make this invaluable source of information available - and we are asking for your help to achieve this.

Why should you help? For anyone that works in the space industry, the magazines that serve it are extremely important. They are a fantastic source of information and promotion that can help everyone from policy makers and marketers to engineers and end users. However, many are not completely editorially independent and often do not cover the human and geopolitical impact that space has on us all. That is where SpaceWatch Middle East differs from others.

SpaceWatch Middle East delivers honest, independent news, features and analysis with integrity. Written by journalists and professionals with years of experience in both the industry and the Middle East region, and who are driven by their passion for space, the portal and magazine represent a vital resource for the global space industry. You can be a part of it; find out more about the campaign and about the rewards you could receive for supporting us at www.kickstarter.com (search SpaceWatch Middle East). Thank you for your support.

About ThorGroup
Headquartered in Bern,ThorGroup is a Swiss agency and the publisher of SpaceWatch Middle East digital magazine. Comprised of satellite industry players, space policy advisors and technology enthusiasts, ThorGroup provides services for the satellite and space industries, including project management, communications systems integration, business development and consultation. Bridging the technical-laymen divide, ThorGroup also provides PR and marketing communications products, offering a full range of editorial and copywriting services for the satellite, space and telecommunications markets.

For further information contact:
Helen Jameson
VP Communications
ThorGroup
h.jameson@thorgroup.ch
Tel: +44 (0)7878 432 940