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EUMETSAT Re-awards MTG-S1’s Launch to SpaceX

MTG-I1

The European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) member states, during a Council meeting which took place on 26-27 June 2024, decided to award a launch service contract to SpaceX for the launch of the Meteosat Third Generation-Sounder 1 (MTG-S1) satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2025. The Satellite was initially scheduled to launch on the new Ariane 6's third flight around early 2025.

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UNOOSA Announce SANSA as 28th UN-SPIDER RSO

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) have announced that the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has officially become a Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. As a new RSO, SANSA will collaborate closely with UN-SPIDER on outreach, capacity building, horizontal cooperation, and technical advisory support.

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#SpaceWatchGL Geopolitics – U.S. Space Force Budget: Total Congressional Warfare

In early June 2024, the Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) released an analysis titled: “Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Defense Space Budget: Continued Emphasis on Proliferation Under a More Constrained Top-Line.” With a large number of orbital space military assets, if some assets get incapacitated, there is still enough left to operate and defend. Commercial providers can launch emergency replacement assets even faster. Question: is such a “resilience” policy sufficient to guarantee orbital space defense, strong and sustainable enough to deter adversaries? Let’s find out.

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U.S. GAO Annual Report on the U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has submitted in its 22nd annual assessment of DOD's weapon systems acquisition, that the US Department of Defense (DoD) is still struggling to deliver new technologies quickly, even while facing constantly evolving threats. According to the report, the US DoD continues struggling to deliver innovative technologies quickly, despite its plans to invest more than $2 trillion to develop and acquire its costliest weapon programs

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ESA Council Approve Slovenia Accession into the ESA Member States

Slovenia will become the latest European Space Agency (ESA) member state after the ESA Council unanimously approved the agreement concerning the accession of Slovenia to the convention and related terms and conditions. ESA Director-General Josef Aschbacher and Dr Robert Golob signed the accession agreement. ESA also announced partnerships with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), UAE's Muhammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBSRC) and the government of Ukraine.

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UNOOSA Hosts UN Conference on Sustainable Lunar Activities

UNOOSA

 The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has hosted the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Lunar Activities, ahead of the 67th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The Conference convened astronauts, heads of space agencies, the scientific and legal communities, and industry to address common approaches, priorities, and expectations for the peaceful, sustainable, and cooperative exploration of the Moon.

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US-India Second iCET Meeting Explores Space Collaborations

The United States and India have held its second meeting of the U.S.-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) with U.S. National Security Advisor (APNSA) Jake Sullivan and Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval chairing the meeting in New Delhi. Since the launch of iCET in January 2023, the United States and India have made significant strides toward deepening and expanding strategic cooperation across key technology sectors including space.

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UN Lunar Day 2024 – Interview with Aarti Holla-Maini

The interview provides a wrap-up of the first day of the UN Sustainable Lunar Activities Conference held in Vienna, featuring an interview with Aarti Holla-Maini, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Holla-Maini, discusses the success and challenges of organizing the event, marking the first public event by the UNOOSA, and emphasizes the importance of promoting open discussions among member states and industry representatives.

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UN Lunar Day 2024 – Outlook by Torsten Kriening

The first UN Sustainable Lunar Activities Conference 2024 is about to start. Torsten Kriening gives an overview of this fully packed day in Vienna. This conference aims to foster a meaningful discussion on lunar cooperation in view of our collective vision of bringing the benefits of space to all humankind. By better understanding commonalities within the different approaches of key actors, as well as unpacking complexities and challenges, this conference will aim to identify potential avenues for global coordination, as a fundamental requirement for sustainable, future lunar activities.

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Vyoma Contracts Aerospacelab for Second SSA Satellite

Vyoma has selected Aerospacelab for a contract for a microsatellite, flying Vyoma’s second Space Situational Awareness (SSA) optical payload, which will tentatively launch towards the end of 2025. The mission advances Vyoma’s 12-satellite Flamingo constellation which the Company designed for the acquisition and provision of low-latency, high-fidelity space-based SSA data.

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