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Another Pyrrhic Victory: The White House’s Latest Executive Order On Space Mining

On 6 April 2020, the White House issued an Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources (EO), the latest in a series of directives that the White House has issued to set American space policy over the last three years.[1] This one focuses …

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Ball Aerospace Conducts Critical Design Review for Space Force’s Next-Gen Operational Weather Satellite

Ball Aerospace conducted a critical design review (CDR) of the Weather System Follow-on (WSF) satellite mission, which it is building for the U.S. Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC). With CDR concluded, Ball Aerospace begins full production of the satellite. Upon delivery, this next-generation operational environmental satellite system …

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Magellan Aerospace to Provide Black Brant Sounding Rockets To The DLR

Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced on 16 April 2020 that it would provide Black Brant sounding rocket motors to The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. or “DLR”) estimated to generate revenue of up to US$9.4 million over the term of the agreement. The DLR is the …

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In Response To COVID-19, Space Dynamics Lab Satellite Operators “Fly” Small Sats From Home

The Space Dynamics Laboratory announced on 15 April 2020 that satellite operators are flying NASA spacecraft from their homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The emphasis on social distancing and stay-at-home work has become ubiquitous throughout the world and has affected sectors of many industries, including the space …

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Iran’s Military Satellite Launch Full Of Surprises

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that it had launched a military satellite on the morning (Iranian time) of 22 April 2020 on board a previously unknown satellite launch vehicle the IRGC calls Qassed. The military satellite, called Noor (also spelled ‘Nur’ and ‘Nour’ – Farsi for ‘Light’), could …

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SatADSL And YahClick Unite Efforts To Steer Sub-Saharan Africa Across The Digital Divide

SatADSL – the Brussels-based provider of satellite services – has partnered with YahClick to enhance its connectivity offering across Sub-Saharan Africa. The partnership appoints SatADSL as a new Virtual Network Operator (VNO) partner to YahClick, the UAE-based broadband satellite services provider owned by Yahsat and its partner Hughes Network Systems. The agreement will enable SatADSL to combine the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Alice Gorman On How The EO Is A Rejection Of Longstanding Principles

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. Over the next …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Sebastien Moranta On The EO As An “America First” Policy

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. Over the next …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Michelle Hanlon On How The Moon Agreement Is Finished

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. Over the next …

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