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#SpaceWatchGL On The Road: A Report On The 5th Annual Conference on Maritime Reconnaissance & Surveillance Technology, 5-6 February 2020, Rome, Italy

By Guy Thomas This conference was groundbreaking in one important area: it acknowledged the increased significance of space to the understanding of maritime reconnaissance and surveillance technology. At the same conference five years ago, there were only two briefs which focused on the utility of space for these sectors. Each …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Hunting Gravitational Waves, An Interview With Professor Catia Grimani

Like all waves, gravitational ones transport energy, producing perturbations. We can visualize them by imagining a rope which we hold at one end and is tightly fixed on the other one; when we give a vertical impulse to it, we produce a perturbation — a “wave” — that propagates forward …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Thomas Gruebler of Orora Technologies

The New Space sector continues to grow exponentially, and SpaceWatch.Global strives to introduce you to the sector’s brightest ideas, companies, and leaders. Torsten Kriening, SpaceWatch.Global’s co-publisher and COO, recently spoke with Thomas Gruebler, CEO of Orora Technologies. Orora Technologies is Germany’s best known, most visible New Space startup, and you …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Humanity’s Virtual Presence In Space In The Quantum Age

By John B. Sheldon The Power of Metaphor Since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 our presence in space has been described, defined, and politically and technologically driven by metaphors. The U.S.-Soviet space programmes in the Cold War weren’t just in competition, they were …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Deganit Paikowsky On How RPO Instability Could Paradoxically Create Long-Term Stability

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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#SpaceWatchGL NewSpace: Jelly Space Lifts Off At Startup Weekend Space-Bremen, Now Seeks Community Input

If they are brilliant, dedicated, and just a bit lucky, teams of 3-6 members can transform a fledgling idea into a company in just 54 hours at Startup Weekend Space in Bremen, Germany. Over the course of a weekend in November 2019, members and teams pitched or joined ideas, met …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: ISRO And Satellites Launches – Why The Economic Survey Is Misleading

By Kartik Bommakanti The Economic Survey -2020, which preceded the Budget 2020-21 released by Nirmala Sitharaman’ first full budget as finance minister rather bizarrely focused almost exclusively on the number of launches undertaken by major space faring states including India as a good indicator of the strength and the health …

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#SpaceWatchGL Feature: GVF NewSpace Membership Helps NewSpace StartUps Grow Into The Future

By David Meltzer NewSpace. Space 2.0. Smallsats. LEOs. 5G. IoT. Cubesats. Reusable launch vehicles, and even 3D printing of launch vehicles. The innovations and opportunities for those in the satellite industry seem to come almost as fast as satellites are launched. With these opportunities come compelling issues such as orbital …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Sonay Sarac On The Destabilizing Effects Of Rendezvous And Proximity Operations

One of the more notable space stories of the past few weeks is that of two Russian satellites allegedly ‘stalking’ a KH-11 reconnaissance satellite operated by the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Given heightened geopolitical tensions between great powers and the increasing occurrence of Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) in …

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