ISU - Summer 2024

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France signs Artemis Accords

The president of the French Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) space agency, Philippe Baptiste, signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of the country, affirming its commitment to sustainable space exploration by following a common set of principles.  France agreed to promote the beneficial use of space for all of humanity prior to celebrating CNES’ 60th anniversary.

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Elon Musk says Starlink is not going public for another 3 or 4 years

According to Elon Musk, Starlink is not likely to go public until at least 2025, CNBC reported. Musk had previously targeted an offering this year but these plans were pushed back by the SpaceX CEO. SpaceX's global Starlink network delivers high-speed internet through its constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit.

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Scout and LEOcloud agree to collaborate on next generation of space domain awareness services

Scout, a company developing next-generation space safety of flight and autonomous proximity operations services, and LEOcloud, offering a scalable space-based, multi-cloud Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), have signed a Letter of Intent to work together to enhance space operations safety, Scout announced. 

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Sony forms new company to develop optical communications for satellites

Sony Group announced that its American subsidiary has formed a new company, Sony Space Communications (SSC) to develop small optical communications devices for satellites. SSC aims to connect micro satellites in low Earth orbit through laser beams. Optical communications enable high-speed communications with small devices without large antennae or high power output.

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Space Café Radio – on tour in Lausanne – with Christie Iacomini

In this Space Café Radio -  SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Christie Iacomini, Vice President of Engineering at Prime Movers Lab at the LEO Kinetic Space Safety Workshop in Lausanne about threats and risks in Low Earth Orbit and how to move forward to a sustainable future in space.

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Register Today For Our Space Café “33 minutes with Jennifer Manner” On 14 June 2022

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Jennifer Manner, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at EchoStar Corporation, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. The Critical Role of Satellite Networks in 5G and Beyond Ecosystems.

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Warpspace and OrbitsEdge sign agreement to achieve more efficient space data utilization

Spacetech startup Warpspace, and high powered Edge computing company OrbitsEdge, signed a mutual Letter of Intent to explore the opportunities for collaboration to become space big data facilitators by combining optical communication with edge-computing technology. 

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NASA chooses industry partners for new spacewalking services

NASA selected Axiom Space and Collins Aerospace to provide astronauts with next generation spacesuit and spacewalk system capabilities in low Earth orbit and on the Moon as well as future human missions to Mars, the Agency said. The arrangement allows for NASA expertise to be paired with commercial innovation to support continued science in the space environment.

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Space Café WebTalk 33 minutes with Krystal Azelton – The Urgency Of Ensuring Sustainability in Space Recap

Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Krystal Azelton - The Urgency Of Ensuring Sustainability in Space” took place on Tuesday, 24th May. Krystal Azelton is a Director of Space Applications Programs at Secure World Foundation and has over 10 years of international and domestic space, public policy,

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