Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

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Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, meets Russian officials at the Roscosmos in Moscow. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, meets Russian officials at the Roscosmos in Moscow. (SPA)
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Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, meets Russian officials at the Roscosmos in Moscow. (SPA)
Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi Space Commission chief visits Russian space agency in Moscow

MOSCOW: Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Space Commission, visited the headquarters of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Wednesday, for a working session alongside its director general, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin.
The two sides discussed areas ripe for collaboration, including possible investments in the space sector as well as joint training programs and shared technological research.
Prince Sultan stressed the importance of the relationship between the two countries, and that it was essential to maintain it for both to progress in the increasingly competitive global space sector. He cited growing investment and cooperation as reasons to be optimistic, and highlighted the work of a joint commission between the two currently developing a Saudi national space strategy.
Rogozin said “Russia considers Saudi Arabia a serious partner, with a great regional and international influence.”
The two nations possess unique heritage in terms of cosmic exploration. Saudi Arabia was the first Arab (and, indeed, the first Muslim) nation to send an astronaut into space — Prince Sultan himself, in 1985. The Soviet Union, meanwhile, which preceded the Russian Federation, was the first nation to send a man into orbit, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in 1961.


Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

Updated 20 May 2019
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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.