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Momentus and EnduroSat Announce Two Service Agreements

Momentus, provider of in-space transportation services for satellites, and EnduroSat, the European designer of spacecraft for business applications and space exploration missions, announced two separate service agreements. The 6U and 1U CubeSats will launch February 2021 on the second Vigoride demo mission onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The Shared …

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Australia aims to launch locally-made hybrid rockets by 2022

Australia is increasingly keen on greater independence in spaceflight. The University of Queensland and Gilmour Space are moving forward on a domestically-made “next-generation” hybrid rocket that could start launching satellites into low Earth orbit in 2022. Crucially, all the rockets and components would be made in Australia — they wouldn’t …

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HATTRICK FOR ROCKET COMPANY AFTER FIRST EVER LAUNCH FROM SHETLAND SOIL

Edinburgh-based Skyrora successfully launched its Skylark Nano rocket from remote land, the Fethaland Peninsula at North Roe on the Scottish island on Saturday, the 13th of June.  Skyrora plans to launch from one of the three proposed spaceports in Scotland and commercially launching from Shetland in the future is a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 38 – In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 38: ‘In-Orbit Servicing: Challenges and Implications of an Emerging Capability’, originally published in February 2020. 1. In-Orbit Servicing Capabilities In-Orbit Servicing (IOS) encompasses a …

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European Defence Fund: €205 million to boost the EU’s strategic autonomy and industrial competitiveness

The Commission announced 16 pan-European defence industrial projects and three disruptive technology projects that will benefit from €205 million financing through the two precursor programmes of a fully-fledged European Defence Fund: the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies’ Private Rocket Launch Fails

A private rocket from a Japanese firm, Interstellar Technologies, failed to launch on Sunday.  At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday in the town of Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, the Interstellar rocket, “Momo-F5”, experienced an anomaly approximately 68-70 seconds after launch. The “Momo-F5” rocket’s engine nozzle broke, causing the rocket to lose balance. In …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes With Sebastien Moranta” On 7 July 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Sebastien Moranta, Coordinator of Studies at the European Space Policy Institute in Vienna. This event will take place on 7 July 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Sebastien Moranta is Coordinator of Studies at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, an …

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