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Firefly to put ten NASA science payloads on the Moon

Paris, 5 February 2021. – Ten payloads to study the Moon: The U.S. space agency NASA has awarded the US-Ukrainian Firefly Aerospace a $93.3 million contract to deliver ten science investigations and technology demonstrations to the Moon in 2023, NASA said. The delivery of ten different payloads, weighing altogether nearly …

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NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million for SphereX mission

Paris, 5 February 2021. – The Universe is worth it: The U.S. space agency NASA pays SpaceX nearly $100 million to launch its SPHEREx spectro-photometer mission planned for June 2024. SPHEREx is a two-year astrophysics mission to survey the sky in the near-infrared light, which, though not visible to the …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Marco Ferrazzani on Legal considerations on Europe in space

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Marco Ferrazzani, Chief of Legal services at the European Space Agency, Paris, France talked about legal considerations on Europe in space. We discussed the following topics of current interest in European space: the current state of legal competences in the European landscape , ESA for …

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Europe sets course to prepare its position on Space Traffic Management (STM) conference

Paris, 1 February 2021. – More than twenty European Member States and the European Space Agency (ESA) met last week to set Europe’s course and define its position on Space Traffic Management (STM), an official said. The videocall on 28 January 2021 was the first in a series of monthly preparatory …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Biden-Harris Space Policy: Building on the Space Force and Artemis

by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen The Trump-Pence administration was very busy in space. In 2017, they reconstituted the National Space Council (NSC) to coordinate political, civilian, and military policies and efforts in space. With high-profile Presidential support, Congress established a new branch of the United States (US) military within the US …

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5G spectrum auction in the U.S. reaches $80.9bn record level

Paris, 21 January 2021. – Beating even the boldest expectations: the 5G C-band spectrum auction in the U.S. ended its first phase with a record-breaking $80.9 billion of proceeds, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced last week. The Commission thus successfully concluded what it called “the largest auction of mid-band …

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Thales and Airbus to build next Galileo generation for €1.47bn

Paris, 21 January 2021. – Not OHB, this time: The European Commission awarded contracts for 12 new Galileo satellites (six each) for a total of €1.47 billion to Thales Alenia Space in Italy and Airbus Defence & Space in Germany. “With this, the Commission is initiating the launch of the …

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EU to invest €82.5 million in Pan-African Programme

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Union (EU) spends €82.5 million to support six infrastructure and digitalisation projects of the Pan-African Programme, Space in Africa reported. The six projects span multiple sectors such as air transport, digitalisation, regional integration and trade, and sustainable resource management, Space in Africa said. …

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EU to launch Spaceways study on Space Traffic Management

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Commission asked a consortium of European launchers and operators as well as policy and legal institutes to develop a framework and guidelines for Space Traffic Management (STM). The project, called SPACEWAYS, will characterise and analyse the current changing context of STM, especially its …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Mahmoud Abu Wasel on a new space initiative

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Mahmoud Abu Wasel, Vice-President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice talked about the new space initiative of the institute. With the rapid increase in the private sectors race to space and governments attempting to keep up, we are witnessing the new age of the …

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