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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NASA’s regolith solicitation: perhaps more than even they expected

Last week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein announced a solicitation for proposals for the collection of lunar regolith by private companies.This surprising announcement is yet another part of NASA’s efforts to return to the Moon (with the first woman and next man) and establish a sustained presence on Earth’s closest celestial neighbor.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: New Space – Overview and investment Trends

by Malak Trabelsi Loeb Humankind’s interest in space is not a new phenomenon. [1] It is by nature that man pursues his endeavors to explore new dawns which evolved with his evolution, despite its associated risks [2]. Historically, human space exploration was initiated by the Soviet Union with the Sputnik launch into …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Maruska Strah about World Space Week 2020

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Maruska Strah, Executive Director of the World Space Week Association talked about the World Space Week and its importance for bringing understanding of space related activities to a wider general public. In 2019, the World Space Week Association reported over 8,000 events in 96 countries. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA (below) captures the significant number of missions to the Moon coming more than the institutional or traditional governmental side.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Global Maritime Awareness is Gaining Focus

The US Naval Intelligence Maritime Intelligence Integration Office (NMIO) recently hosted a virtual meeting sponsored by NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) on tools being used to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). 

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Talking With Renesas About Rad-Hard Devices

Lately there has been a lot of attention paid to the heavens. Specifically, near-Earth space, between Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Geosynchronous. We recently pointed out in “Money! In! Space!” that there is a business renaissance in space businesses and the related infrastructures. Startups in the space (pun intended) have been expanding old applications, creating new ones, and promising ones over the horizon, from intraorbital satellite taxis to future honeymoon lunar “cruises”.

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in August 2020

August 2020 sure proved that a lot of private capital can flow into the space sector, with a total of US$2.2 billion. Sure, SpaceX represented over 80% of this total – the company’s latest filing shows $1.9 billion raised of a potential total of $2.066 billion – but even without it, the sector total would have come to almost $400 million, distributed across geographies and subsectors.

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