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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: COVID-19 no barrier for Australian student rocketry team’s success

The team from Down Under won silver and bronze at Spaceport America Cup. The University of Sydney Rocketry Team brought home silver and bronze this week after competing virtually in Spaceport America Cup, an annual international student rocketry competition that tests the very best of budding rocket scientists.  The Aussie team’s good news comes at a troubling time for the harbour city

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: India’s Space Venture: Groundwork for Private Sector

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), India’s pillar for space exploration, is one of the top six governmental space agencies in the world. Progress in the space endeavours marked by ISRO has received applauds across the globe, especially with the successful Mars Orbital Mission which made India the first nation to reach Mars in a maiden attempt.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Communications from MEO: Smart SkyNet – The Next Competitive Frontier?

In an age of LEO constellation mania, it’s easy to forget that there are other non-GEO orbits that can be used very effectively for connecting the unconnected. In particular, I refer to Medium-Earth Orbit, or MEO, an orbit long-frequented by navigation satellites, and, less long-frequented by communications satellites, namely SES’s O3b constellation.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Precious Real Estate: The APT Mobile Satcom Tower

China and real estate go together like satellites and rockets. As the country’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several decades, so too has its real estate market, as literally hundreds of millions of young Chinese families have bought (or more accurately, 99-year leased) flats in China’s booming megacities.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Traffic Management: Trends 2020/2021 and Beyond

Space is becoming increasingly congested. The European Space Agency (ESA) has estimated that there are currently 128 million pieces of debris smaller than 1cm, about 900,000 pieces of debris 1–10cm in length, and around 34,000 pieces larger than 10cm in Earth orbit. This is in addition to the approximately 3,300 currently operational satellites.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Dreams of New Space – Sharing of Profit and Damage in Outer-Space Activities?

The actual (r)evolution in the Outer-Space usage brings also a socio-economic change not sufficiently discussed in the community. In the discourse of risk in Outer-Space, the community keeps focusing mainly on risks resulting from space debris, and to some extent also discussing the potential impact from large constellations.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Building Blocks in the Space sector, Tunisia Case

by Rania Toukebri All the eyes have been turned to the launch of the first satellite Challenge One built by the Tunisian private telecommunications company TelNet, blasted off along with 37 other satellites aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 22nd, 2021.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: SpaceX’s reusable rocket technology will have implications for Australia by Malcolm Davis

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Strategist, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles. This is “SpaceX’s reusable rocket technology will have implications for Australia” by Malcolm Davis, originally published on 18 May 2021.

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