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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Holidays in space: is the SpaceX Demo-2 launch the primer to a large private spaceflight industry?

by Hamza Hameed and Brendan Rosseau On 30 May 2020, two American astronauts made history by taking part in the first crewed orbital flight ever operated by a private commercial launch service provider. The SpaceX Demo-2 launch marked an important moment in the development of a private space launch industry …

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Space Café Special Recap: “Race in Space” A Conversation about Equality and Civil Rights

In this Space Cafe Special, Michelle Hanlon, co-founder of For All Moonkind and Co-Director of the Center for Air and Space Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law, discusses “Race in Space” A Conversation about Equality and Civil Rights. The panel talked about race with diverse perspectives from within …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Resurrecting OneWeb – What impact for the global space industry?

by Steven Freeland and Francois Lambert Later this month, on 26 June, a flurry of companies will make their final bids to acquire OneWeb, Greg Wyler’s prised space start-up. The winning bidder could be a private company, perhaps backed by a major space power. Whoever is successful will have the opportunity …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Regina Peldszus and Marc Becker on dual use for the future

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Dr. Regina Peldszus and Marc Becker, of DLR Space Administration discussed the concept of ‘dual-use’: how space technologies enable both civilian and military applications.  The discussion highlighted key issues at this complex intersection for both domains and addressed policy discourse on the future …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 41 – Questions raised by the Covid-19 crisis for the European space sector

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 41: ‘Questions raised by the Covid-19 crisis for the European space sector’, originally published in May 2020. 1. Space put to use for crisis …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights

by Sara M. Langston, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University On May 30, 2020, millions of Americans watched the inaugural SpaceX Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission marked two significant events: First, the return of launch to orbit capability for human spaceflight from the United States. Secondly, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 38 – In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 38: ‘In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability’, originally published in February 2020. 1. In-Orbit Servicing Capabilities In-Orbit Servicing (IOS) encompasses a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 37 – Rethinking the Assessment of the Value of Spectrum

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 37: ‘Rethinking the Assessment of the Value of Spectrum’, originally published in January 2020. 1. Electromagnetic spectrum – a shared and finite resource …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Yvette Gonzalez on the value of Citizen Science and Project PoSSUM

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Yvette Gonzalez shared her thoughts about the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) Project PoSSUM (Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere) program, future of Citizen Science research application and deployment, engaging unexpected multidisciplinary experts, and ultimately how it enables diversity and inclusion …

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