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Kenya and Microsoft Partner for Improved Climate Resilience

Microsoft Corp. and G42 have announced a comprehensive package of digital investments in Kenya, as part of an initiative with Kenya’s Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy. As part of this initiative, the Kenya Space Agency, Kenya Red Cross Society, and the National Disaster Management Unit are collaborating with Microsoft's AI for Good Lab to improve climate resilience by applying AI models to high-resolution satellite data for disaster preparedness and disaster response. 

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ISRO and US Discuss Future Space Collaboration Projects

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US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti has disclosed that the US will launch an Indian astronaut to the International Space Station(ISS) by the end of 2024. The Ambassador also explained that the NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) project, a joint Earth-observing mission between the US space agency NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), will likely launch by the end of the year.

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Airbus Awarded Vigil Space Weather Spacecraft Mission

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The European Space Agency has selected Airbus to design and build the space weather forecasting satellite Vigil, the first operational mission in ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Space Safety Program (S2P). The spacecraft will give vital extra warning to Earth about incoming solar storms and coronal mass ejections which can potentially disrupt satellites in orbit and electronic and power distribution systems on Earth.

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ESA and Twelve Countries Sign the Zero Debris Charter

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Twelve nations have signed the Zero Debris Charter at the ESA/EU Space Council, solidifying their commitment to the long-term sustainability of human activities in Earth orbit. In addition to the 12 countries, the European Space Agency also signed the Zero Debris Charter as an International Organization (IGO). The Zero Debris Charter is an effort to become debris-neutral in space by 2030 that was unveiled at the ESA Space Summit in Seville meeting in November 2023.

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ESA Awards Two Contracts for LEO Cargo Return Service

A rendering of The Exploration Company's Nyx vehicle

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed two contracts with Thales Alenia Space and The Exploration Company for the development of a commercial service capable of transporting cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit by 2030. ESA Director General Josef Aschbacher signed contracts with Hélène Huby from The Exploration Company and Massimo Comparini from Thales Alenia Space based in Italy, to develop a low Earth orbit (LEO) cargo return service.

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Space Cafe Geopolitics “33 minutes with Prof Steven Freeland” – UN COPUOS, an update on Space Governance

This Space Café Geopolitics featured Prof Steven Freeland, Emeritus Professor, Western Sydney University, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, Publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. UN COPUOS - a Forum for Multilateral Consensus on Space Governance …. 'well, at least, most of the time’ On Thursday, 2 May 2024, our Space Cafe “33 minutes with Dr Jessica West” focused on Russia vetoing the UN Security Council’s resolution to reaffirm the Outer Space Treaty’s ban on weapons of mass destruction in space crafted by the US and Japan. That veto was set in the same week that the Legal Subcommittee at UN COPUOS in Vienna had its 63rd session. In the meantime there were follow up conversations at the UN General Assemby.

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The Space Café Podcast #107: CERN’s Pablo Tello and ESA’s Ian Carnelli: Mindcollider – Fusing Space, Physics, and Big Ideas

In this episode, Markus welcomes two influential guests, Pablo Tello from CERN and Ian Carnelli from the European Space Agency (ESA). They explore the MINDCOLLIDER project, Markus’s brainchild that unites brilliant minds from particle physics and space exploration to help inspire solutions to very mundane or globally pressing issues. Pablo Tello: A scientist at CERN in Geneva, known for his interdisciplinary approach and contributions to particle physics. He co-heads IdeaSquare, a facility at CERN that fosters innovative thinking. Ian Carnelli: Director of ESA’s HERA mission, focused on developing technologies to protect Earth from asteroid impacts. He returns to the podcast with updated insights and experiences.

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NRO Launches NROL-146 Mission Aboard Falcon 9

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), in partnership with U.S. Space Force Space Launch Delta 30 and SpaceX has successfully launched the NROL-146 mission aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex-4 East at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. This mission is the first launch of the NRO’s proliferated systems featuring responsive collection and rapid data delivery.

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NASA OTPS Study Provides New Look at Orbital Debris

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NASA’s Office of Technology, Policy, and Strategy (OTPS) has released a report providing NASA leadership with new insight into how to measure the risks that orbital debris presents. The report, Cost and Benefit Analysis of Mitigating, Tracking, and Remediating Orbital Debris, is Phase 2 of OTPS’ work to address the technical and economic uncertainties associated with orbital debris. The report indicates that NASA could have more cost-effective methods for dealing with the growing issue of orbital debris. 

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