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NASA awards “Tipping point” funds for Moon and Mars technologies

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – NASA supports U.S. space tech companies with more than $370 million to spur the development of cutting-edge Moon and Mars mission technologies. NASA selected 14 American companies, including several small businesses, as partners to develop a range of technologies that will help forge a path …

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Telesat to develop two LEO buses for U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – Telesat wins another Blackjack: the Canadian satellite company will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Ottawa-based company said. Telesat U.S. Services has been awarded a DARPA contract to develop and demonstrate in-orbit commercial …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 44 – U.S SPD-5: towards a better coordinated approach on space cybersecurity

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 44: ‘The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy’, originally published in September 2020. 1. The U.S. SPD-5: general principles and guidelines for space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective

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 “Using the Space Domain An Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Perspective”, originally published in the Joint Air Power Competence Centre Journal 30.  …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers

by Dr Mathieu Bailly In the race to launch smallsats into low earth orbit quickly and cost-effectively, operators and manufacturers have compromised on security and left themselves vulnerable to cyber attacks. Let’s not make Newspace a paradise for hackers. Smallsat operators and manufacturers need to consider why their smallsats are …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Chris Stott” On 3 November 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Chris Stott, Executive Chair, ManSat LLC, Isle of Man ,UK. This event will take place on 3 November 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Let’s have a conversation about permissions! “What’s the single hardest thing about getting into space? A rocket? A spacecraft? Raising …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Juan De Dalmau about Space Careers

In this week’s Space Café WebTalk, Juan de Dalmau, President of the International Space University (ISU), Strasbourg, France, talked about education programs and network opportunities to be prepared for a career in the global space industry. “We adopted to I S(ee) U!”  He talked about how the International Space University develops the future …

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Airbus wins ambitious ESA mission to bring first Mars samples back to Earth

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its ambitious five-year mission to go to Mars and bring the first samples from the Red Planet back to Earth, the company announced in Toulouse. Airbus acts as ESA’s prime contractor for the Earth …

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