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Four Crew-2 astronauts reach ISS in a reused Dragon

Luxemburg, 26 April 2021. – Welcome to the ISS: the “first human spaceflight mission to fly astronauts on a flight-proven Falcon 9 and Dragon” docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday. The four Crew-2 astronauts had spent around 23 hours orbiting Earth before catching up with the ISS.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Exploring Synergistic Potential of the Portuguese Space Strategy

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Joint Air Power Competence Centre, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Exploring Synergistic Potential of the Portuguese Space Strategy”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Journal 31.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: The Integrated Review and UK Spacepower: A Mental Shift?

In March 2021 the UK Ministry of Defence published its Defence Command Paper, ‘Defence in a Competitive Age’ referred to as the DCP, dovetailing the UK Government’s ‘Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy’ referred to as the IR. To much less fanfare a Defence and Security Industrial Strategy,

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Space Travel Reality Show Partnered With NASA, Featured On Colbert

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Space Travel Reality Show Partnered With NASA, Featured On Colbert”, originally published 13 April 2021 at Forbes by Laurel Donnellan. Space Hero will be the world's first global competition to send a civilian into space on a $55M, 10-day trip to the International Space Station.

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German DLR sends radiation detector on Astrobotic’s Peregrine to the Moon

Paris, 23 April 2021. – The German Aerospace Center (DLR) wants to land a radiation detector on the Moon onboard Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander in 2021, Astrobotic said. DLR will send the detector to measure key radiation data on the flight to the Moon and on the lunar surface.

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Airbus will use Isar Aerospace’s Spectrum for LEO launch

Paris, 23 April 2021. – Airbus Defence and Space will launch a small Earth observation satellite with Isar Aerospace’s Spectrum launch vehicle, the company said. “This constitutes the first major launch contract between an established space company and a privately financed European launcher company,” the startup said.

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ESA and Airbus set new GEO standards with OneSat design

Paris, 23 April 2021. – Fresh wind in GEO: The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus completed the design of OneSat, a new standard of a software defined and fully reprogrammable satellite platform, Airbus and ESA said. The fully reconfigurable OneSat product line features major innovations and disruptive technologies, ESA and Airbus said.

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Virgin Orbit to launch six LEOs for HyperSat-Qinetiq

Paris, 22 April 2021. – Virgin Orbit will launch a series of six hyperspectral LEO satellites for the defense and security company QinetiQ and the geospatial analytics company HyperSat, Virgin Orbit said. Virgin Orbit will provide launch services for each satellite via its LauncherOne system. The first satellite will launch no earlier than 2023.

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