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Astrobiology Journal features findings of simulated Mars mission

Paris, 17 November 2020. – The Astrobiology Journal has published the findings of the international simulated Mars mission AMADEE-18, which took place in February 2018 in the desert of Oman. From February 1 to 28, 2018, the Austrian Space Forum lead the mission in the Dhofar region in the Sultanate …

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Vega VV17 fails, Taranis and SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites both lost

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A Vega rocket with France’s Taranis and Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites on board failed yesterday, Arianespace said; both satellites were lost. “8 minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was …

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Ukraine ninth country to sign Artemis Accords

Paris, 15 November 2020. – Ukraine is the ninth country that has signed the NASA Artemis Accords, the Ukrainian national space agency announced on its website, without giving further details. The Artemis Accords set out principles for Moon and Mars missions and exploration, based on the Outer Space Treaty of …

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European Council adopts principles for space economy

Paris, 15 November 2020. – The European Council adopted key principles for the space economy, the Council announced. The “Orientations on the European contribution in establishing key principles for the global space economy” set the scene for the tenth Space Council meeting on 20 November 2020. The Council “notes with satisfaction …

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Space Café Recap: “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele”- The LEO and MEO wave

In this special Space Cafè “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele #1”, Colonel (Ret`d) Ralph Thiele, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society, President of Euro Défense-Germany, and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Germany talked with his guests about the Implication for Security & Defence coming with the the LEO & MEO …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Forty Years of Negotiations on PAROS: Outcomes and New Challenges

by Dr. Anne-Sophie Martin Outer space has become an increasingly militarised area, source of confrontation and characterised by a sort of ‘desanctuarysation’ (notion used by Mr. Xavier Pasco, Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research – Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique, Paris). When addressing the military use of outer space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NASA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon

by Anushka Sharma, Founder – Naaut For the first time, water has been discovered on the sunlit surface of the Moon. This discovery indicates that water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places. On 26 October 2020, Scientists using NASA’s telescope on an …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: LEO and the upside-down business model

by Ronald van der Breggen It is not easy to build a successful LEO satellite constellation. If there weren’t already enough technical and regulatory challenges, there are many business and financing issues as well. These issues already caused LeoSat to fold, OneWeb to go into Chapter 11 and Telesat to …

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