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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Jump-starting the commercialization of the European space industry

The ESA Agenda 2025 – Opinions by members of the SichTRaum network. On April 7 this year, one month after Dr. Josef Aschbacher took office as the European Space Agency's (ESA) new Director General, the ESA Agenda 2025 was released. This document contains the agenda of the new Director General for the agency

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Applications for Military: Eyes Beyond the Sky

For decades, space has been one of the critical assets for military operations. In fact, space technology is a product of defense industry that needed an upgrade in technological capabilities for various military operations since the early 1940s. The transition of Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) application from aerial photography to satellite imagery

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space and Business Education – Venturing into new space!

Space is seen as the new economic frontier. An increasing number of entrepreneurs and “New Space” companies are building their business models around infrastructures, products or services developed for space and non-space markets. High profile entrepreneurs like Bezos, Musk and Branson have entered the scene

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: UAE – Through the Deserts and into Space

From pearl diving to the discovery of oil and gas to exploring space, the UAE has emerged as a force to be reckoned with all its endeavours. The exemplary vision of the nation’s forefathers has been shouldered by its citizens and has in turn catapulted the UAE to reinforce its ability to excel across all domains.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The European Commercial Ecosystem

In June 2021, ESA and the EU signed a new Financial Framework Partnership Agreement for a new EU space programme. This agreement represents an EU investment of almost €9 billion in the period of 2021 to 2027, adding to ESA's current budget of $6.49 billion to continue the programmes defined by ESA’s Member States. According to the European Space Agency,

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Initiatives in Africa Offer a Canvas of Opportunity

More than ever before, the promise and potential in space is available to those with the ambition to reach for it. Nowhere is this story more exciting and compelling than in Africa. Considering the goals and priorities detailed in the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063, the socio-economic and professional development many African nations seek can be facilitated and accelerated by space activities.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Maritime Crisis’s Contributions to the Field of Space Traffic Management

In March of this year, the giant container vessel “Ever Given” disrupted global commerce when it was lodged into the bank of the Suez Canal for nearly a week. According to Reuters, about twelve percent of total global trade passes through this canal.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: GNOSIS CONFERENCE – The Case for Sustainability in Space

Space is changing – the near-Earth environment that was once principally used for largely strategic purposes by national governments is now increasingly being used for “tactical” applications by commercial companies. This creates a number of areas of potential contention – between different satellite operators competing for access to preferred orbital slots

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