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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Why we don’t understand what a space race means

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Mai’a K. Davis Cross, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Why we don’t understand what a space race means ”, originally published on 7 December 2019 in International Affairs by Oxford …

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Gilmour Space Technologies And Australian Space Agency Sign Cooperation Agreement

Australia’s leading rocket company, Gilmour Space Technologies, has signed a Statement of Strategic Intent and Cooperation with the Australian Space Agency, demonstrating their commitment to launch Australia to space. The signing ceremony, held at the company’s new facility in Gold Coast, Queensland, was attended by Australia’s Minister of Industry, Science …

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India’s ISRO Successfully Launches RISAT And Nine Rideshare Payloads

An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), in its fiftieth flight (PSLV-C48), successfully launched RISAT-2BR1 along with nine commercial satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota, on 11 December 2019. PSLV-C48 lifted-off at 1525 Hrs (IST) from the First Launch Pad. After 16 minutes …

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University Of South Australia Startups Launch Space Balloon In Preparation For Rocket Test

Two University of South Australia (UniSA) startups travelled to Petwood (South-East of Adelaide) on Saturday, 7 December 2019, to launch a one-storey-high aerial monitoring balloon, in a testing phase that will lead to a rocket launch in 2020. Space robotics startup Lux and satellite developer ResearchSat are both participating in …

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Singapore’s SpaceChain Sends Blockchain Tech To The International Space Station

SpaceChain announced on 5 December 2019 that its blockchain hardware wallet technology is on its way to the International Space Station (ISS), aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the CRS-19 commercial resupply service mission. This is the first technology demonstration of blockchain hardware on the ISS, and it will …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Completes 10th Mission, Demonstrates Booster Reusability

Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch company, successfully completed its 10th launch on 6 December 2019 from its launch complex in New Zealand, placing seven small satellites in orbit as well as returning its Electron booster back to Earth. As well as being its tenth consecutive successful launch, Rocket Lab’s …

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Universidad del Valle de Guatemala is ready to deploy Guatemala’s first satellite under UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE Programme

The team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala have completed the development of their first satellite under the KiboCUBE programme run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The winners of the second round of the programme handed over the …

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Kacific Secures $160 Million In Long-Term Credit Facilities

As it readies for its first satellite launch next week, Kacific Broadband Satellites Group (Kacific) announced on 6 December 2019 that it has closed credit facilities totalling U.S.$160 million with a group of financial institutions including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and GuarantCo. The financing from ADB comprises a loan …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?

By Blaine Curcio As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Blaine Curcio, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ‘Satellites for Nations: The Dawn of a New Era – The Key to New Markets?’, originally published at WestEastSpace.com on 24 November 2019. For decades, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s Human Spaceflight Programme

by Gurbir Singh On India’s independence day, 15th August 2018, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi announced that by 2022, “some of our young boys and girls will unfurl the Tricolour in space”. This formal political decision and government approval in December 2018 of an additional budget of ₹100 billion (US$1.5 billion) finally …

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