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Japan And France Sign Two Space Exploration Agreements On Mars And Asteroid Ryugu Missions

On the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s official visit to Japan on 26 June 2019, and in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Masahiko Shibayama, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall …

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Rocket Lab Successfully Launches ‘Make It Rain’ Mission From New Zealand

A Rocket Lab Electron launch vehicle successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 1 on New Zealand’s Māhia Peninsula at 04:30 UTC, Saturday 29 June 2019 (16:30 NZST). The Make It Rain mission launched seven satellites to orbit for rideshare and mission management provider, Spaceflight. At approximately 56 minutes after lift-off, …

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Israeli Satellite Technology Company hiSky Expands Presence Into UK

An innovative company looking to make satellite communications more accessible and affordable is set to create over 100 high-tech jobs in London and Oxfordshire. The Israeli company hiSky has established a UK limited company – hiSkySat Limited – based in London, with an R&D centre at Harwell to develop a …

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LeoLabs And New Zealand Space Agency Partner To Create Space Regulatory And Sustainability Platform

LeoLabs, Inc., the leading commercial provider of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services announced on 25 June 2019 the world’s first dedicated regulatory platform for LEO: the Space Regulatory and Sustainability Platform, developed as a joint initiative between LeoLabs and the New Zealand Space Agency …

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Germany’s DLR Leads Five European Companies To Take On SpaceX In Reusable Launch With RETALT Programme

Five European Companies and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have teamed up to tackle the shortcoming of know-how in reusable rockets in Europe, which start upright and land upright after a successful mission. For that, they commonly decided to investigate and develop key technologies to land rockets backwards. What is state-of-the-art …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: COPUOS Long Term Sustainability Guidelines Set Stage For Secure World Foundation’s Summit For Space Sustainability

By Robin J. Frank The adoption of the Long Term Sustainability (LTS) Guidelines “is the most significant output of COPUOS [Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space] in the last decade, and the most significant output promoting space sustainability,” said Peter Martinez quoted in Breaking Defense, who chaired (until …

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SpinLaunch Secures First Contract for Revolutionary New Space Launch Services

Illustration depicting SpinLaunch orbital vehicle inside the electric kinetic launcher (Photo: Business Wire)

Jonathan Yaney, founder and CEO of SpinLaunch, has announced that the company has been awarded a responsive launch prototype contract from the Department of Defense (DOD), facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU). SpinLaunch is developing a kinetic energy-based launch system that will provide the world’s lowest-cost orbital launch services …

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Viasat, Teledyne Partner to Deliver Connected Flight Deck Services to Commercial Aviation Customers

Viasat and Teledyne Controls have partnered to bring real-time connected flight deck services to commercial airlines. Designed for Viasat in-flight connectivity (IFC) customers, this partnership allows commercial airlines to decrease operational costs by eliminating expensive manual data off-loading processes; make better use of data mid-flight with improved data analysis and …

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Guidelines For Long-Term Sustainability Of Outer Space Activities Of The Committee On Peaceful Uses Of Outer Space Adopted

During its 62nd session, the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) adopted a preamble and 21 guidelines for the long-term sustainability of outer space activities. These provide guidance on policy and regulatory framework for space activities; safety of space operations; international cooperation, capacity-building and awareness; and scientific and …

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