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Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla new chief of German space agency DLR

Berlin, 1 October 2020. – Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla took up her position as Chair of the Executive Board of the German space agency today, DLR said today. She succeeds Pascale Ehrenfreund, who led DLR for five years and took the helm of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). The DLR Senate unanimously selected …

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Scottish space industry eager to double growth by 2030, study says

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – The Scottish space industry could be eager to double its ambitious growth projections in the next ten years from £2 billion to £4 billion, a recent study conducted by Scottish Enterprise revealed. “The rise of the space sector is apparent in the figures from a …

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U.S. farmers join Keep GPS coalition to protect satellite-based precision agriculture

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – Farmers across the United States have urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect GPS networks from harmful interference and announced their support for the Keep GPS Working Coalition. The group of different agricultural associations expressed “grave concerns” over an FCC order “threatening the …

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U.S. DARPA tasks Gryphon with supporting nuclear thermal propulsion system

Berlin, 30 September 2020. – The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) tasked DC-based Gryphon Technologies to support the development of a nuclear thermal propulsion system, the firm announced yesterday. Gryphon provides digital engineering, analytics, cyber and cloud solutions to U.S. security organizations. It was awarded a $14million DARPA task …

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Emirates want to land on Moon in first Arab lunar mission

Berlin, 29 September 2020. – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) want to become the first Arab country on the Moon and have announced the launch of the Emirates Lunar Mission, the Emirates newswire WAM reported today. “His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler …

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Czech Defense Ministry buys SPYDER from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems

Berlin, 28 September 2020. – The Czech Ministry of Defence decided to equip its military with air defense systems from Israel’s Rafael Advanced Systems, the ministries of both countries announced on 27 September. Following an international tender process, which lasted several years, the Czech Ministry of Defense informed the Directorate …

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Italy signs with NASA to contribute to Artemis program

Berlin, 27 September 2020. – The Italian Government has signed a contract with NASA to contribute to the U.S. space agency’s Artemis program. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine signed a joint statement of intent with Italian Undersecretary to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers Riccardo Fraccaro, representing the Italian government, …

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NASA’s Bridenstine urges U.S. to maintain LEO presence post ISS

Berlin, 24 September 2020. – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine urged U.S. lawmakers to maintain the presence of the United States in Low Earth Orbit after the International Space Station (ISS) is decommissioned in 2030 and fund private companies to do that, the news agency AFP reported. Testifying before the Commerce, Justice …

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NASA details Artemis program plan to land on the Moon in 2024

Berlin, 22 September 2020. – NASA has revealed details of its accelerated Artemis mission plan to land humans on the Moon in 2024, more than 50 years after the last Apollo lunar mission in 1972. The U.S. space agency’s plan specifies key milestones for building, testing and launching its powerful …

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