GSTC 2023

Government

Council and European Parliament Approve Secure Communications Satellite system

The Council and the European Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on a regulation establishing the EU's secure connectivity program for the period 2023-2027. The program sets goals for the European Union to deploy an EU satellite constellation called 'IRIS2' (Infrastructure for Resilience, Interconnectivity, and Security by Satellite), which will enable secure communication services by 2027

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LEOcloud Signs Strategic Collaboration Agreement With Axiom Space

LEOcloud has announced entering into a Strategic Collaboration Agreement with Axiom Space Inc., the world’s first commercial space station developer, to develop and deliver Space-based cloud services. LEOcloud’s Space Edge™ Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) will enable scalable, resilient, highly reliable Space-hardened cloud edge computing services that seamlessly extend today’s terrestrial cloud services.

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RFA and DLR Sign Contract for Helix Engine Test Site

Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) announced at Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen that RFA will build and operate its own test stand at the DLR site in Lampoldshausen, Germany. There, RFA will test its Helix engine starting in mid-2023 to bring the European Union's first staged-combustion engine to serial production maturity.

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Canadensys Aerospace Awarded CSA Lunar Rover Contract

Canadensys Aerospace, a space systems company, has announced it has received a contract from the Canadian Government to design and build Canada’s first lunar rover. Initiated under the Canadian Space Agency’s Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), the lunar rover will demonstrate key technologies for future lunar activity and accomplish meaningful lunar science.

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Space Café Radio – on tour in Prague at EU Space Week 2022 – with Philippe Bertrand

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with  Philippe Bertrand, Chairman of the Security Accreditation Board at EUSPA - EU Agency for the Space Programme. In May 2022, Philippe Bertrand was elected as the Chairman of the Security Accreditation Board (SAB) of the EU Space Programme. An independent body within EUSPA, SAB is the security accreditation authority for all of the EU Space Programme’s components.

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EUSPA Publishes its Second Horizon Europe Call

The European Union Agency for the Space Program (EUSPA) has published its second Horizon Europe call with a total value of €48.1 million. The goal is to stimulate the development of innovative space downstream applications. As a result, the call will bring forth the added-value EU Space Program data and services, namely Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus.

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NASA and South Africa’s Space Agency Partner on LEGS

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have renewed their partnership in lunar exploration with the groundbreaking of a new communications facility that will help the Artemis missions return humans to the Moon. The ceremony came after the signing of a Letter of Intent between NASA and the South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) to formalize the space exploration partnership.

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African Countries Uganda and Zimbabwe Launch First Satellites

Uganda and Zimbabwe have launched their respective first satellites, on November 7 2022, onto the International Space Station for subsequent deployment into orbit at a later date. The satellites, PearlAfricaSat-1 and ZimSat-1, were launched at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on the Northrop Grumman (NG-18 Cygnus) commercial cargo resupply services to the ISS).

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Oslo – with Christian Hauglie-Hanssen

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Christian Hauglie-Hanssen, Director General of the Norwegian Space Agency, they spoke at this year's Spaceport Norway event held in Oslo, from the 25th to the 26th of October 2022. This event was a great example of combining national innovation power and global space economy into one location. Christian Hauglie-Hanssen spoke with Torsten about the upcoming ministerial conference and the challenges that brings as well as the need of Norway and its space programs when it comes to space and security. Tune in to hear more!

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: American artist Trevor Paglen is questioning whose space belongs to

Trevor Paglen is an American artist, geographer, and author, known for his artwork in the field of mass surveillance and data collection. His work was exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Barbican in London. In 2018, Trevor turned his interest to Space. He launched the Orbital Reflector, a 1.5 million dollars,

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