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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Unlocking Space Data With Blockchain For A Scalable New Space Economy

By Alessandra Albano The global space industry is expected to generate revenue of US$1.1 trillion or more in 2040, up from the current US$350 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. Investors are also taking an upbeat view of the prospect of investing in space innovations amidst the risk of technical recession. According …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Iran’s Satellite Launch Carries More Political Weight Than Military Significance

By Sina Azodi The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) successful launch of the Noor (Light) satellite into space is a significant moment at a time when many countries, including Iran, are still grappling with the deadly COVID-19 virus. It marks a military advancement, an audacious move in the diplomatic poker …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Could The OneWeb Insolvency Have Ended Differently?

By Hamza Hameed Is it time for a shift in norms: does the recent pandemic finally push the space sector into using asset-based financing? Could the OneWeb insolvency have ended differently? In an industry sometimes regarded as a playground for billionaires, the number of new entrants has been growing at …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NATO And Outer Space: What Now?

By Frank A. Rose At the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) December 2019 Leader’s Summit in London, leaders acknowledged that technology is rapidly changing the international security environment, stating: “To stay secure, we must look to the future together. We are addressing the breadth and scale of new technologies to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Russia’s Military Exploitation Of Outer Space

By Roger McDermott This essay was originally published by the Eurasia Daily Monitor of  The Jamestown Foundation on 8 April 2020, and is republished here with their kind permission. The original essay can be found here. In December 2019, President Donald Trump formally created the United States Space Force, a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Public Health Is On Our Minds. Here’s How It Applies To Outer Space.

By Jessica West The number of threats to the security of outer space is growing. Reports on global counter-space capabilities released at the end of March by the Secure World Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies indicate that the range of capabilities that can interfere with and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Importance Of Space Science And Technology In Africa

By Carla Sharpe Space science and space exploration are generally undertaken for the benefit of humanity and thus are normally regarded as a public good provided at a cost to national governments. The space industry, however, although utilising space science and providing for further scientific development, is revenue-driven and provides …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: ExoMars2020 – How Coronavirus Played A Part In Postponement Of Mars Mission

Monica Grady, The Open University In the five decades since we first started sending spacecraft to Mars, exploration of the red planet has had a poor record of success. It is only in the last few years that we have come to expect that the number of successes greatly outweighs …

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