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NASA calculates nearly $65 billion impact on U.S. economy in 2019

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – NASA has calculated the economic impact of its activities on the U.S. economy in 2019 at a stunning $64.3 billion, the U.S. space agency said in a recently published report. The first-ever agency-wide economic impact report shows that, through all NASA activities, the agency generated …

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Eight countries signed Artemis accords, NASA’s Bridenstine says

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Seven countries around the world plus the United States have now signed the U.S. space exploration Artemis accords, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said. “The Artemis program will be the broadest and most diverse international space exploration coalition in history,” Bridenstine said on Twitter today. “With …

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Norway endorses space budget supporting ESA and EU priorities

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The Norwegian government has endorsed the country’s budget for the European Space Agency (ESA) as well as for continued participation in the EU space programs, Norway’s Space Agency said. “The new national budget for 2021 expands Norway’s participation in ESA’s and EU’s space programs as …

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UNOOSA sets up emergency response office in Israel

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) sets up an office for disaster management and emergency response in Israel, the agency in Vienna said. UNOOSA signed an agreement with the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to create a Regional Support Office of UNOOSA’s program …

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Russia calls parts of NASA Moon projects “too American-centric”

Paris, 13 October 2020. – Russia sees aspects of NASA’s Moon mission projects and Artemis as “too American-centric” and stresses the importance of international cooperation in space, the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted from the opening of the 71st International Astronautical Congress yesterday. “In our opinion, in …

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G20 and UNOOSA promote sharing space data and technology

Luxembourg, 8 October 2020. – The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is working with the G20 space agencies on recommendations to promote space technology and share space data to increase global resilience, the agency in Vienna said yesterday. As part of the G20 virtual conference focussing on …

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U.S. Space Development Agency contracts L3Harris and SpaceX for missile tracking

Luxembourg, 6 October 2020. – The U.S. Space Development Agency awarded contracts worth more than $342 million to L3Harris and SpaceX to build an advanced missile tracking system, the agency announced yesterday. The two companies won bids to build out Tranche 0 of the tracking layer for the National Defense …

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Norway nominates its space agency chief as ESA Director General candidate

Paris, 5 October 2020. – The Norwegian Government proposed Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, the Director General of the Norwegian Space Agency, as candidate for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) top job as ESA Director General, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries announced. “Mr. Hauglie-Hanssen’s combined background from space and other …

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