It was not an easy decision for Houston-based Nanoracks, best known for running a commercial cubesat launch business from the International Space Station (ISS), to set up an office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The company had been contracted by the UAE to handle the educational payload for the first Emirati astronaut mission. Hazzaa Al Mansoori, a former military pilot who once trained on F-16 fighter jets in Arizona, launched aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on Sept. 25 with ...

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