SpaceTalks 4.0 - 2024


#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Bezos Splits with Orbital Reef. Now what?

Jeff Bezos at the Blue Origin launch pad with a New Shepard rocket. Credit Blue Origin

Bob Smith, the now retiring former CEO of Blue Origin, was invited at the Financial Times Investing in Space Summit in June 2023 to provide an overview of the future of Orbital Reef, the commercial space station being developed jointly by Blue Origin and Sierra Space. His statements about Orbital Reef were considered a bit disappointing by the inner circle of Space analysts, but nothing in Smith’s tone hinted at the shocking developments that just unfolded.

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ESA Satellites observe Antarctic Ice shrinking

A European Space Agency (ESA) - funded study has reported the state of Antarctica's ice shelves, relying on information from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and ESA’s CryoSat satellite missions. The study, which has been published in the journal Science Advances, is based on 100,000 satellite radar images to produce a major assessment of the ‘state of the health’ of Antarctica’s ice shelves.

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ICEYE and ESA Partner on Space and Civil Security

ICEYE and the European Space Agency have partnered to participate in the Civil Security from Space Program (CSS) to revolutionize disaster and crisis management from the vantage point of space. This is the first CSS Partnership contract under the CSS program and aims to develop an advanced suite of natural catastrophe monitoring services.

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ESA Awards InRange Contract to Three Companies

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Skyrora, Viasat, and CGI a contract under the Commercial Space Transportation Services program to demonstrate InRange, a space-based launch vehicle telemetry relay system which will benefit launch vehicle providers across the industry globally. InRange will enable Skyrora to achieve continuous transmission of telemetry data during flight, from launch to payload deployment.

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The Space Café Podcast #91: Bridging Science and Indigenous Knowledge with Dr Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics University of Toronto

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present: The Space Café Podcast #91: Bridging Science and Indigenous Knowledge with Dr Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto. Episode 091 features special guests: Dr Laurie Rousseau-Nepton. In this episode, host Markus unravels an enriching conversation with Laurie Rousseau-Nepton a scientist and indigenous advocate, whose life's work interweaves her science, cultural roots and a strong passion for astronomy. The dialogue unfolds Laurie's unique perspective on education, tradition, and our relationship with the cosmos.

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