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ESA and Twelve Countries Sign the Zero Debris Charter

ESA

Twelve nations have signed the Zero Debris Charter at the ESA/EU Space Council, solidifying their commitment to the long-term sustainability of human activities in Earth orbit. In addition to the 12 countries, the European Space Agency also signed the Zero Debris Charter as an International Organization (IGO). The Zero Debris Charter is an effort to become debris-neutral in space by 2030 that was unveiled at the ESA Space Summit in Seville meeting in November 2023.

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Space Cafe Geopolitics “33 minutes with Prof Steven Freeland” – UN COPUOS, an update on Space Governance

This Space Café Geopolitics featured Prof Steven Freeland, Emeritus Professor, Western Sydney University, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, Publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. UN COPUOS - a Forum for Multilateral Consensus on Space Governance …. 'well, at least, most of the time’ On Thursday, 2 May 2024, our Space Cafe “33 minutes with Dr Jessica West” focused on Russia vetoing the UN Security Council’s resolution to reaffirm the Outer Space Treaty’s ban on weapons of mass destruction in space crafted by the US and Japan. That veto was set in the same week that the Legal Subcommittee at UN COPUOS in Vienna had its 63rd session. In the meantime there were follow up conversations at the UN General Assemby.

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Spain Launches Space Technology Program Call With EUR 70m in Subsidies

CDTI

The Centro para el Desarrollo tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) Innovation has launched the 2024 call for the Space Technology Program (PTE) focused on promoting the competitiveness of the Spanish aerospace industry as a key actor for the next challenges and opportunities of the sector through the development of technological capabilities based on research and development. The call falls under the scope of Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) Aerospace.

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Space Cafe “Black Ops by Rika Valluri” – India Edition: Defence Space Agency and Military Capabilities for Space

This Space Café Black Ops will feature Ashok G.V., a partner with Factum Law, in conversation with Rika Valluri, Editor of SpaceWatch.Global. India Edition: Defence Space Agency and Military Capabilities for Space. Ashok G.V., is a partner with Factum Law and Allied Law Practices and practices before the High Court of Karnataka at Bengaluru. In addition to his role as a dispute resolution attorney, he heads the firm's space law practice. As part of his work with the space industry, he advises clients on contracts, intellectual property management and enforcement, technology transfer, export control, and risk management.

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Lithuania Becomes Latest Signatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA x Lithuania

Lithuania has become the latest and 40th signatory to the US-led Artemis Accords, joining NASA and the international coalition in pursuit of safer space exploration. The ceremony took place at the Radisson Blu Lietuva hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, and signifies a continued push toward transparency and peace as more nations traverse farther into space. United States

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Serbia Becomes the Latest Country to Join ILRS Program

Belarus

Serbia has become the latest country to join the China-led International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) program. The Serbian Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China National Space Administration (CNSA) in cooperation with the International Lunar Research Station (ILRS) earlier this week. The MoU comes after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Serbia from May 7-8 2024.

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