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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Masashi Sato Of NRI On The State and Future of Japanese New Space

Japan’s New Space scene is little known and understood outside of Tokyo, despite the emergence of some interesting startups such as iSpace and Infostellar to name just two as well as some big Japanese government announcements about supporting startups in the space sector. SpaceWatch.Global reached out to Masashi Sato, a Senior Consultant …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: A Fond Farewell From Michael Simpson Of The Secure World Foundation

After seven fruitful years with the Secure World Foundation, Michael K. Simpson is retiring from his role as Executive Director. Dr. Simpson joined SWF as the Senior Program Officer in September 2011 following seven and a half years as President of the International Space University (ISU). SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening was …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Yenbamroong On New Space Investments In The Asia-Pacific

Thai New Space entrepreneur James Yenbamroong, the founder and CEO of mu Space, is emerging as perhaps the preeminent New Space advocate, investor, and role model in Southeast Asia. He has articulated an exciting and bold space vision, is building a solid and cutting edge venture in the form of …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Asia In Space: Cooperation Or Conflict?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan As the Asian Century takes on an interstellar dimension, who will write the rules of the road? Rajeswari Rajagopalan writes that space will likely be no exception to Asia’s great power rivalries. The outer space environment has undergone significant changes in the last decade. Countries in …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: NASA’s R. Marshall Smith On The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is set to be a staging post in space – a science lab, communications hub, and holding area for robots and rovers and a jumping off point for future deep space transportation. The Gateway will be pivotal for the expansion of humanity’s presence on the Moon, Mars, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Pan-Arab Space Cooperation For Economic Development And Fighting Climate Change

By Dr. Vasilis Zervos and Christopher Gorham The benefits of space to the Middle East and North Africa region are undeniable, yet there is no single representative body to champion the sector. The near total inexistence of coordination or even collaboration has resulted in calls for the creation of a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Brexit’s Shadow – An Update On UK Space Policy Developments

By Dr. Christopher Newman The passage of the UK Space Industry Act 2018 into law has not, as yet, seen any further developments, however crucial questions in relation to liability, insurance and charging still need to be addressed. There has been a call for evidence to inform on these crucial …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Distributed Ledger In Orbit – The Emerging Synergy Of The Space Industry And Blockchain

By Sergey Kutovoy The huge expansion in the space industry, with a rapidly growing market and new satellite applications, is revolutionary but financing many of these projects is still a challenge, especially for small investors who have something to contribute to this revolution and want in. The space market saw …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Out With The Old, In With The New – Legal Regimes And NewSpace

By Dr. Olga Stelmakh Space activities are risky and challenging by their nature due to their reliance on highly sophisticated technologies, and the impact of a variety of factors on their successful conduct and significant investments at stake. However, we have been accustomed to such activities being performed by traditional, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: The Mega Constellations – Getting It Right First Time

By Helen Jameson The past few years have seen the satellite press column inches dominated by excited talk of new mega constellations. We have learned how thousands of small satellites are going to transform connectivity for billions around the world. I should know, I am one of the people that …

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