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Thomas Pesquet first ESA astronaut to ride a Dragon to space

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet has officially been assigned to the second operational flight of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft, launching in spring 2021 from Cape Canaveral, USA, to the International Space Station.  Thomas’ second mission to the International Space Station will be called Alpha. This is after Alpha Centauri, the closest …

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Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceshipTwo cabin interior

Virgin Galactic Holdings, a vertically-integrated aerospace and space travel company, revealed the cabin interior of its SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity, in a virtual event streamed live on YouTube. Aspiring astronauts and space enthusiasts around the world, now have the opportunity to explore the Virgin Galactic cabin design and spaceflight experience through …

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#SpaceWatch Column: Exorcising the ghost of Apollo?

by Dr Bleddyn Bowen The US National Space Council published a document on 23rd July 2020 titled ‘‘A New Era for Space Exploration and Development’. This is a particularly interesting document, as it is not legally binding, does not make a clear policy statement, nor is one of the periodical …

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Space Café Special Recap: Serbian Case for Space from 23 July 2020

In this week’s Space Café Special, Serbian Case for Space was in a conversation on “Cyber security and how to protect outer space”. Hosted by Anja Nakarada Pecujlic and Marko Pajovic, Co-founders of Serbian Case for Space Foundation, their guests were: Andrej Petrovski, who is the Director of Tech at SHARE Foundation. He leads the …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Niklas Hedman on Space Multilateralism

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Niklas Hedman, Chief of the Committee, Policy and Legal Affairs Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna talked about the governance phases under the 60 year history of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space …

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Ariane 5 ready for Arianespace’s July 28 launch

The heavy-lift Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s fifth mission of 2020 is now complete, following integration of its three modules at the Spaceport in French Guiana. During activity in Ariane 5’s Final Assembly Building, the upper payload component – containing Galaxy 30 (G-30) and the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 (MEV-2) in a …

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