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Japan joins Artemis mission with Gateway contribution

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Japans joins: The country’s space agency JAXA will cooperate with NASA on the lunar Gateway, the outpost planned to orbit the Moon, NASA said. Japan will provide several capabilities for the Gateway’s International Habitation module (I-Hab), which will provide the heart of Gateway life support capabilities and …

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U.S. Space Command to move from Colorado to Alabama

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Going to Huntsville: the U.S. Space Command will move its headquarters from Colorado to Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced. The headquarters will be at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, the Republican Governor Ivey announced, bringing reportedly 1600 jobs to Alabama. The location was chosen over five other …

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Breton launches European launcher alliance and Cassini fund

Paris, 13 January 2021. – Europe needs a more aggressive space strategy, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said and launched the “European Launcher alliance” as well as a €1 billion European space fund, Cassini, “to boost start-ups and space innovation”. “We must ask ourselves: will our current …

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Scott Pace leaves U.S. National Space Council

Paris, 5 January 2021. – After three-and-a-half years of service as Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council, Scott Pace left and returned to George Washington University, spacepolicyonline.com reported. Pace was Director of the Space Policy Institute at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs before being tapped by …

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Intersputnik appoints Elina Morozova Executive Director

Paris, 4 January 2021. – Elina Morozova is the new Executive Director of Intersputnik, the intergovernmental satellite telecommunications organization headquartered in Moscow. The Executive Director is responsible for relations with member-countries, national signatories, Russian government authorities, the United Nations including the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and …

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U.S. SDA awards $150 million launch contract to SpaceX

Paris, 4 January 2021. – The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded SpaceX a $150 million launch service contract, the agency announced. The Hawthorne, California-based firm has been awarded a $150,450,000 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services from Vandenberg Air Force Base for the Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 Transport …

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France launches super high-resolution military satellite

Paris, 30 December 2020. – France launched the second of its three CSO super high-resolution military satellites from French Guiana, the manufacturer Airbus announced. The Earth observation satellite CSO-2 that Airbus has built for the French Armed Forces has been successfully launched on a Soyuz launcher from the Kourou European …

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UK loses Galileo and Egnos but can continue with Copernicus and ESA

Paris, 29 December 2020. – The United Kingdom will no longer participate in the European Galileo or Egnos programs but can continue, in principle, with Copernicus and remain member of the European Space Agency (ESA), the British Government said. On its official www.gov.uk website, the Government lists the „Brexit transition: …

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Viasat concerned about SpaceX’s Starlink relocation plans

Paris, 29 December 2020. – Viasat raises “serious environmental concerns” about SpaceX’s intention to relocate nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites to lower altitudes, the company said in a filing to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) dated 22 December. In July 2020, Viasat filed a petition to deny or defer an …

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