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THALES ALENIA SPACE WILL PROVIDE TWO KEY PRESSURIZED ELEMENTS FOR AXIOM COMMERCIAL SPACE STATION

Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %) announced the signature of an ATP (Authorization To Proceed) with Axiom Space of Houston, Texas to initiate the development of two key pressurized elements dedicated to the world’s first commercial space station.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 39 – High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS): which perspectives for the 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. 39: ‘High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS): which perspectives for the space sector?’, originally published in March 2020.

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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 which has been growing steadily ever since the dawn of the space age, with Telstar-1, which was launched on 10 July 1962 as part of the first commercially sponsored space launch.

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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 to make a tremendous impact on the future ‘NewSpace’ model that is operating in a significant area of commercial competition – Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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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 – and highlighted key issues at the increasingly complex intersection of both domains.

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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.

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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 UniversityOn 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.

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