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Space Cafe Radio Geopolitics – with Juliana Suess, RUSI

In this episode of Space Café Radio Geopolitics, Juliana Suess, Research Fellow Space Security at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI),  talked with SpaceWatch.Global's Torsten Kriening about geopolitics and space security. Their discussion shed light on the complexities of space militarization, the challenges facing European space defense readiness, and the importance of collaborative and responsible approaches to space governance.

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#SpaceWatchGL: Search for Independence – European Prospects in the Field of Solar Weather Monitoring

In the last decade, space weather has become the subject of serious consideration in the scientific community and global scientific organizations. Solar activity plays an important role in both space operations and terrestrial infrastructure. Flares, storms, and coronal mass ejections are all manifestations of solar activity that can affect the operation of satellites, navigation, surveillance, radio communications, and other important structures. As a consequence, there is a need for a reliable and independent ecosystem for monitoring and forecasting solar weather. Today, the European space sector faces the challenge of creating infrastructure capable of competing with existing international initiatives.

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Primo Space Fund Invests in Lithium Lasers and Ecosmic

Ecosmic Cofounders

Primo Space Fund has announced two new deals: Lithium Lasers and Ecosmic, investing about €2,6 million across both deals. This round of investments brings Primo Space Fund’s portfolio to fourteen companies. Lithium Lasers S.r.l., an Italian startup, developed a USPL called FemtoFlash for material processing, biophotonics and non-linear optics applications in several industries, and is particularly useful when dimensional accuracy and tighter tolerances are necessary.

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ClearSpace-1 Mission Changes in Response to Debris Collision

ClearSpace

The ClearSpace-1 debris removal mission has undergone a transformative period to achieve a faster execution pace and reviewed mission objectives. After the successful completion of its mission’s first phase, the detection of space debris objects in the vicinity of the mission’s client object, which indicates a collision of the target with untraceable debris, and the need for a change towards a more expedited and cost-effective approach prompted a pivot in the next stage of the ClearSpace-1 mission.

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PLD Space Announces Expansion Plans Amid Funding Support

PLD Space

PLD Space has announced that it has attained 120 million euros in funding to date, thus ensuring it can meet its upcoming technological and corporate milestones, culminating in the launch of the MIURA 5 mission at the end of 2025. The Company has received 78 million euros in investment from shareholders who have invested in its technological program and business model. In addition to this sum, there are 42 million euros from the PERTE backed by the Government of Spain for a Spanish space launcher (1.5M€ in July 2023 and 40.5M€ at the end of January 2024).

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SINC 2024 – Interview with Andiswa Mlisa

Rarely does the Pacific Community have the courage to initiate a dialogue with the Western world. During SINC, Andiswa Mlisa, Principal Advisor Business Development in the lead for Digital Earth Pacific, explained to our editor-in-chief, Dr. Emma Gatti, why the Pacific community must be involved in the broader dialogue about Space economy and Space security.

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The Space Café Podcast #105: Marie-Pier Boucher: If we fail to do this, there is not future in Space

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #105: Marie-Pier Boucher: If we fail to do this, there is not future in Space. Episode 105 features special guest: Marie-Pier Boucher. Host Markus engages with Marie Pierre Boucher, who provides a fascinating perspective on integrating arts and diverse cultural elements into space exploration. Marie Pierre Boucher, a visionary from the University of Toronto, expands on her extensive work that spans across art, technology, and space, illustrating how these realms intersect to create more inclusive and sustainable environments in space.

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European Spaceplane Summit – Interview with Ross Hulbert

Ross Hulbert is the head of engagement at Spaceport Cornwall. He spoke with SpaceWatch Global's Torsten Kriening about the setup and the lessons learned from Virgin Orbit's first horizontal space launch from European soil in January 2023. Ross also talked about the next steps for the space ecosystem in Cornwall and its way to becoming the place to launch your spaceplane into orbit.

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