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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Reputational Issues in the Space Industry

Rotoiti interviewed several professionals working in various segments of the space industry. This brief summarizes their views on major reputational issues that are specific to the space industry. In the space industry, as in any industry, there is a unique set of issues that tends to play an outstanding role in affecting market actors’ reputations.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Economy of Environmental Sustainability

In August 2021 Canada registered over 7,500 wildfires, burning more than 2.5 million hectares of forest. This is projected to double by 2050 due to climate change. Fire management agencies in this country invest between $800 million to $1.4 billion annually to prevent wildfires.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Risks and Benefits of Venture Capital for Space Firms

Rotoiti interviewed several finance experts in the space industry. This brief, based on those conversations, summarizes the risks and benefits that venture capital poses to space firms. Many firms assume that they must attract venture capital (VC) in order to succeed, but it is important to first define success and then assess if VC is necessary to achieve that success.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: About Space Traffic Management

The recent note verbale on two encounters between the Chinese space station and Starlink satellites has triggered a broader discussion on Space Traffic Management. But what do we actually mean by Space Traffic Management and what do we actually need? For many (including me), Space Traffic Management has a short-term and a long-term dimension.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: An ASAT test, again

On 15 November 2021, a Russian ground-based DA-ASAT (direct ascent anti-satellite) interceptor, ‘Nudol’, hit defunct Russian spy satellite Cosmos 1408, built and launched in the 1980s, at an altitude of 480 km. The destruction caused a cloud of debris of about 1500 pieces and forced the crew of the ISS, four Americans, two Russians, and a German,

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Recent Russian ASAT, Opinion vs Conjecture

The recent op-ed is an opinion piece, the opinions of the authors. As principals in these operations, their opinions are different than those who operate satellites. We will always be able to launch and retrieve satellites. Space is a finite resource only in the sense that our actions establish an equilibrium with a relatively fixed number of satellites.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The next German Government’s draft Coalition Agreement – Direct references to space

The three political parties most likely to form the German government for the next four years - Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Alliance 90/The Greens), Freie Demokratische Partei (Free Democratic Party) - published their draft Coalition Agreement

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Importance of Hiring Marketing Experts for the Space Companies

We live in a century where data has more value than oil and gas.  To put it in simple words – One who holds the information, regardless of its value, will master the arts of creating a chain of commercial businesses. And this art of expanding the commercial sphere can be defined in two words – ‘Writing & Communication.’

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Is it time to short space?

It’s often said that “people have short memories’ when speaking about the economy. It means that somehow, we seem unable to keep a cool head when stock markets are rallying, and the economy is in a bull run. When money seems to be thrown at everything that moves, the fear of missing out (FOMO) keeps people from asking tough questions and sometimes seems to destroy common sense all together.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: An Orbital Razrusheniye

Near-earth space is a finite resource lacking in holistic management and traffic coordination, becoming increasingly congested with objects, dead and alive, that threaten the safety of satellites that do things we all care about and need, as well as crewed space missions. These space-based services include, inter alia, position, navigation, timing, financial transactions, ...

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