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Intuitive Machines Selects Launch Date And Landing Site For 2021 Moon Mission

Intuitive Machines (IM) engineers have selected an area in Oceanus Procellarum near Vallis Schröteri as the landing site for its upcoming IM-1 lunar mission with an anticipated launch date in October 2021. Vallis Schröteri, also known as Schröter’s Valley, is the largest valley on the Moon (comparable in size to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: The Mystery Of The Non-Implementation Of Task One Of The US National Space Policy

By Guy Thomas As all my friends know, I recently received permission to publish my autobiography after a 19-month long review by NSA, FBI, CIA, USAF, USN, USCG and the National Security Council (NSC).  Yes, I had worked for or with all those agencies. But other than the USCG and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Public Health Is On Our Minds. Here’s How It Applies To Outer Space.

By Jessica West The number of threats to the security of outer space is growing. Reports on global counter-space capabilities released at the end of March by the Secure World Foundation and the Center for Strategic and International Studies indicate that the range of capabilities that can interfere with and …

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Space Tango Wins NASA Utilization Awards For LEO Commercialization Of Biomedical Applications

Kentucky-based Space Tango, a leader in the commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO) for discovery and on-orbit manufacturing across a wide range of applications, today announced the award of three projects focused on biomedical application development on the International Space Station (ISS) that will be supported by the NASA Research Opportunities …

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Virgin Orbit’s VOX Space Wins US$35M US Space Force Launch Contract

VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit subsidiary which provides responsive and affordable launch services for the U.S. national security community, has been selected to launch three dedicated missions for the U.S. Space Force (USSF), delivering multiple spacecraft to orbit for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program-S28 (STP-S28). This launch …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Peter Marquez On The Need For The EO

On 6 April 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. This order addresses US policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. Starting today, …

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Iconic Space Technology Firm Returns To Canadian Control As Sale Of MDA To Northern Private Capital Closes

Effective 8 April 2020, the sale transaction of MDA by Maxar Technologies to a consortium led by Toronto-based investment firm Northern Private Capital has officially closed. This marks the return of MDA to Canadian control as a private, independent company headquartered in Canada. Founded in 1969, MDA is Canada’s largest …

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Rhea Space Activity Advances US Ability To Gather Intelligence In Cislunar Space

The rapidly growing new space startup Rhea Space Activity (RSA), headquartered in Washington DC and with operations in Colorado Springs, has been tapped by the United States Air Force (USAF) to develop a wholly new field of intelligence to surveil “cislunar” space – that is, the volume of space between …

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