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SpaceBar #58 Recap

AstroAgency’s virtual networking event over Zoom, SpaceBar #58 took place on Thursday, 27th October, announcing an exciting new partnership with Spacewatch.Global. The cooperation will bring AstroAgency’s SpaceBar audience and SpaceWatch.Global’s readers/audience together. After the announcement, Kammy Brun, Strategy & Business Development VP at SkyFi, introduced us to the company’s on-demand,

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: AMOS Conference 2022: A Political Wrap-Up

This year the 23rd AMOS (Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies) Conference, held in Hawaii from the 27th to the 30th of September 2022, hosted 1212 in-person attendees at the Wailea Beach Resort and 259 guests virtually. The conference sold-out way in advance. Maybe a sign of a post-Covid desire to travel, or maybe a sign that Hawaii never loses its exotic allure, nevertheless the enthusiastic attendance also reflected a growing interest in space sustainability and space commerce initiatives across all sectors, from national governments to private companies, from non-governmental entities to the science community.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Italy’s Strategy and Position at the next ESA’s CM-22

The space sector has completely changed in the past few years. France is now the driving force behind the European space sector (albeit more for its purposes rather than for shared European goals), and Germany, apparently distracted by national rearmament, is still determined to defend its ambitions, so as not to completely leave the ground to Paris. In the face of all this, what is Italy’s position? Further apart, it appears.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: India in the “New” Space Era

The very existence of human life on earth today is dependent on space-based services. From banking and money transfers to streaming online content and using maps, the internet and other technological capabilities are being widely used by everyone across the world. From the individual level to the international level, space-based services play a crucial role. However, there are still many challenges and threats within the space domain, that need to be addressed at the national, regional, and global levels. All these imply the fact that space is both a competent and vulnerable domain in the contemporary world.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – Team Project – International Cooperation on the Use of the China Space Station

ISU Space Studies Program (SSP) offers an intensive nine-week course hosted each year in the timeframe June-August in different locations in our planet earth since 1988. The SSP provides courses in all space disciplines, as well as hands-on education through workshops and professional visits for people working in space-related fields who wish to broaden their knowledge base. Particularly, participants spend more than 3 weeks to work on 4 team projects to address current and future challenges in the space sector.  

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: What is the real annually generated revenue of the space industry? PART 2

The global space economy has been estimated to reach 1 trillion USD of revenues by 2040 (Morgan Stanley, UBS), but such numbers have been generated starting from a 2016 baseline of 340 billion USD for the Satellite Industry only and adding all the other marginal sectors in an unclear fashion.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – Team Project – Space-Ocean-Climate Interactions

The Ocean is the birthplace of our species and essential to our survival. It is responsible for producing approximately one third of oxygen on Earth and allows the regulation of Earth’s climate. The oceans are also an important source of food and 10% of world’s population depend on it. Since the advent of space in 1958 humans have learned to use satellites to observe our planet.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – Team Project – Down 2 Earth

This has been an amazing summer at Instituto Superior Técnico - Tagus Park in Oeiras, Portugal, especially for the energetic, driven, and inspiring people making up the Down 2 Earth Team Project. Under the proposed topic of Space for Non-Space, the team focused on the downstream value chain trying to identify potential gaps and suggesting new ideas to foster the uptake of space data by the non-space sectors. 

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: ISU SSP22 Special – Team Project – Microgravity enables a better life on Earth

Microgravity enables a better life on Earth – The case of protein crystallization from a TP of the SSP 2022 edition in Portugal. A 3Is (international-intercultural-interdisciplinary) team of 22 participants of the SSP2022 in Portugal has intensively brainstormed this summer to identify the business potential of doing research in space-based microgravity conditions.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Say YES to diversity and gender equality in the space sector: a look at the Diversity and Gender Equality Project Group of the SGAC

Diversity is difficult to measure and quantify, given all the aspects and shapes it takes, yet it is easy to witness and observe the lack of it in many fields including the space sector. If the space sector and all its disciplines should be used to help improve life on earth and observe it (amongst other purposes), shouldn't it be represented by all terrestrial individuals equally? In an ideal world, yes! But history and social biases have prevented our progress towards this perfect world, and we find ourselves today with a space sector still dominated by cis white-male individuals.

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