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Register Today For Our Space Cafe “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele” On 12 November 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative new format: Space Café “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele” on 12 November 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Colonel (Ret`d) Ralph Thiele, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society, President of EuroDéfense-Germany, and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Germany will discuss with his guests …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Ole Dokka” On 10 November 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Ole Dokka, project manager of Newspace North, Andoya, Norway. This event will take place on 10 November 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Norway and Andøya Space will soon have one of few commercial spaceports for small satellites in Europe. The project received the first …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Artemis Accords and Lunar Exploration – Revolution and Evolution

by Professor Christopher J. Newman, Northumbria University, UK The international community has struggled for a number of years with the issue of how to govern a human settlement on the Moon and deal with the management of any resources. Previous attempts have been through painstakingly negotiated international treaties. The Outer …

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ESA and GomSpace to continue HOOP sat platform

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted GomSpace in Luxembourg to continue the development of its HOOP satellite operations platform, the company said. The contract has a value of 1.35 million Euros. The development of the Hands-Off Operations Platform (HOOP) to enable autonomous satellite operations for …

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Frontex selects Airbus and Heron for maritime surveillance

Luxembourg, 20 October 2020. – The European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex contracted Airbus and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to operate a long-endurance maritime aerial surveillance system for the Mediterranean Sea, Airbus announced. The service includes the provision of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) platform and all necessary …

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NASA’s Osiris Rex touches asteroid Bennu to collect dust

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – NASA’s Osiris-Rex probe unfurled its robotic arm last night and successfully touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from its surface, the U.S. space agency said. The asteroid Bennu is currently more than 200 million miles from Earth and offers scientists a window into …

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NASA supports Nokia to deploy cellular network on the Moon

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – Nokia is to deploy the first cellular network on the Moon, the Finnish company said. The company was selected by NASA in its recently announced Tipping Point technology program to deploy the first LTE/4G communications system in space, helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: “International and cooperative” – Review of the 71th International Astronautical Congress by Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

2020 changed everything, also the International Astronautical Congress. Instead of meeting the global space community in person in Dubai this year, we met in CyberSpace during the first edition of the International Astronautical Congress earlier last week from 12-14 Oct 2020. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk …

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New Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency takes up office

Berlin, 19 October 2020. – Rodrigo da Costa started as new Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the agency announced. Da Costa is a Portugese national who joined the GSA as Galileo Services Programme Manager in 2017. He worked in several senior positions in the space industry and the …

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Swedish AAC Clyde Space to acquire U.S. SpaceQuest

Berlin, 19 October 2020. – AAC Clyde Space grows its small satellite portfolio and acquires the U.S. satellite technology company SpaceQuest for $ 8.4 million, the Swedish company announced. The acquisition is subject to approval by AAC’s Extraordinary General Meeting and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). …

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