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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: COPUOS at a Crossroad – Challenges And Achievements From The Past Guide Us To The Future

By Ken Hodgkins The COVID 19 pandemic has ripped apart all sectors of the world’s societal fabric and rendered economies to a state of paralysis. Multilateral space diplomacy has not been immune to this chaos. This year for the first time the Legal Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the …

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SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Five Thoughts On The Artemis Accords, And Another One For Israel

By Dr. Deganit Paikowsky Last week, NASA released “The Artemis Accords: Principles for a Safe, Peaceful and Prosperous Future.” The aim of the Artemis program, according to NASA, is to “[L]and the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, heralding in a new era for space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon Junk – Responsible Management Of Lunar Orbital Debris

By Yoav Landsman in collaboration with Catrina Melograna We have much to gain by making the Moon humankind’s next destination. We can practice living and working on another world, operate autonomous machines from great distances, and utilize the natural local resources. It is a natural step on our way to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Japan’s New Space Domain Mission Unit And Security In The Indo-Pacific Region

By Yuka Koshino Japan’s establishment of the Space Domain Mission Unit, which is planned to become fully operational in 2023, reflects the country’s increasing reliance on space systems to meet its security needs. It could emerge as a key actor in the defence of space assets in the Indo-Pacific. In …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: We Need A Strong EU Space Programme To Jump-Start The Economy After Covid-19

By Katerina Nedbalova As the coronavirus pandemic causes changes in citizens‘ daily lives across Europe and beyond, we clearly understand there are many areas of the global economy which will now need our joint effort to improve after the pandemic declines. One very important area is Earth Observation, by means …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Could Scotland Lead Europe’s NewSpace Charge?

By Daniel Smith Scotland is a place that may be known more for its whisky than its rocket fuel, but it is quickly becoming a country associated with upstream and downstream space applications. The developing commercial space sector brings with it a plethora of exciting new opportunities for private companies …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Lunapolitics Or Lunapolitik? The Choice Is Ours

By John B. Sheldon More than fifty years after the first Apollo Moon landings, we are witnessing the rise of Lunapolitics, where the Moon’s topography – or ‘Lunography’ – from below its surface through to Cislunar space intersects with Earthly political and economic interests. If we manage Lunapolitics sensibly then …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Europe Has The Potential To Lead The Way In Space Exploration Policy

By Ioana Bratu In February 2020, the European Commission issued the White Paper on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – a European Approach to Excellence and Trust (White Paper). The document follows a series of draft initiatives about what concerns European AI policies.. The White Paper identifies a few key sectors, alongside …

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