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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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Raytheon acquires smallsat manufacturer Blue Canyon

Luxembourg, 13 November 2020.  Raytheon Technologies acquires the small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider Blue Canyon Technologies, the Colorado-based company announced. Blue Canyon entered into an agreement to be acquired by Massachusetts-based Raytheon, an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government …

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Spaceflight to launch new rideshare vehicles in 2021

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – Spaceflight, a rideshare and mission management provider, will launch new transfer vehicles to tug smallsats into customized orbits in 2021, the Seattle-based company announced. Spaceflight develops two next-generation orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) that will debut in 2021; the first, Sherpa-FX, is to fly on the …

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Register Today For Our Space Cafe “Moriba’s Vox Populi #02/2020” On 3 December 2020

In honor of this sacred experience and all of you who know me and have enrolled in this global vision, I, Dr. Moriba Jah have partnered with SpaceWatch.Global to run an exciting Space Café series: Moriba’s Vox Populi (Latin for “the people’s voice”) where I intend to choose topics of …

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NASA certifies SpaceX’s Crew Dragon flight system

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – After years of designing, developing, and testing, NASA has certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon system for flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the agency announced. Crew Dragon is the first commercial spacecraft system capable of transporting humans to and from the ISS and is part …

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Former astronaut Pamela Melroy part of Biden’s NASA review team

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced the team that will help him to review NASA activities and plans. The Agency Review Team consists of eight volunteers, amongst them former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy. The other team members are Ellen Stofan from the Smithsonian Institution as …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 015 Featuring Simonetta Di Pippo Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 15th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Simonetta Di Pippo – Director of UNOOSA Episode 013 features special guest Simonetta Di Pippo. As the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Simonetta Di Pippo carries probably the coolest …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE COALITION OF THE LIKE-MINDED

by Ken Hodgkins The scope and nature of the space enterprise has evolved in significant ways since the dawning of the space age. For decades civil and national security space activities were driven by the geopolitical rivalries of the Cold War and space legal and policy-making were the exclusive province …

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Omnispace to ride on Exolaunch-SpaceX for two new 5G satellites

Luxembourg, 10 November 2020. – Omispace, a mobile communications provider based in Virginia in the U.S., has chosen Exolaunch to deliver two new satellites into orbit on SpaceX in early 2022, the company said. The rideshare provider Exolaunch will deliver two Thales Alenia Space-built S-band satellites into orbit aboard SpaceX’s …

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NASA-ESA’s Mars Sample Return mission on track, report says

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – NASA is on track to bring samples from Mars to Earth, the U.S. space agency said, citing a report from the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Independent Review Board (IRB). Following an examination of the agency’s ambitious Mars Sample Return plan, the board’s report concludes that …

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