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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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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Alexandra Stickings On The Difficulties Of Achieving Stability With 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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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: A View From The Party–My Perspective On OneWeb’s Successful Commercial Launch

By Ewan Lawrenson On 7 February 2020, global communications company OneWeb successfully launched 34 satellites aboard a Soyuz launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It was the second successful launch in OneWeb’s campaign to build its phase one constellation of 648 satellites to deliver high-speed, low-latency global connectivity. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: The Global Space And Technology Convention 2020, Singapore: Pushing The Innovation Frontier 

By Anna Hazlett This was my second time attending the Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) in Singapore, held 5-7 February 2020. GSTC is just one example of the Singapore Space and Technology Association’s (SSTA) ongoing efforts to bolster Asia’s space & technology scene. The SSTA focuses on developing Singapore’s space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Kazuto Suzuki On Need For International Rules For Transparent 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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