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SpaceX to fly Starship 50,000 feet high, with 1/3 chance to get it back intact

Paris, 30 November 2020. – High on the agenda this week: SpaceX is planning to launch a Starship prototype into 50,000 feet altitude, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said last week. “Aiming for first 15km / ~50k ft altitude flight next week. Goals are to test 3 engine ascent, body flaps, …

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Space Café Regional – German Edition: Raphael Roettgen about “Hoch hinaus”

In this week’s Space Cafè Regional – German Edition,  Raphael Roettgen, Space Investment & Advisory, Founder of E2MC Ventures, Zurich, Switzerland talked about his new book “Hoch Hinaus – die neue Weltraumwirtschaft”. Raphael also answered relevant questions from the audience. This Space Cafè Regional – German Edition, held on 26 November 2020, was …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Space programme for the Nobel Peace Prize? – the answer might surprise you…

by Prof. Chris Lee Very recently I overheard a conversation that went like this – “our programme has been operating in space for over 20 years and includes the key international space agency partners. It is an inspiration for our young and has done more for global peace than any …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Launching Into the New Decade

by Blaine Curcio The first year of the 2020s has been nothing if not very memorable. A global pandemic, political turmoil, and rapid technological development coming from and also helping to propel these changes. Flying somewhat more under the radar, however, has been the year in Chinese launch. 2020 has …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ali Al Hashemi of Thuraya – “Laser-focused”

Thuraya, leader in mobile satellite services based in the UAE, announced a few weeks ago the order of the new Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk to Thuraya’s CEO Ali Al Hashemi. Markus Payer: When you ordered your next big satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS, you …

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Austrian Aschbacher to become ESA’s new Director General

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The Austrian Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation at the European Space Agency (ESA), has been nominated as next ESA Director General, following the German Jan Wörner, several media reports and tweets said. The nomination is expected to be endorsed by the ESA Member States …

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ESA contracts ClearSpace for debris removal mission

Paris, 27 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted a consortium led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace for the world’s first space debris removal mission, ESA said. The contract has a value of €86 million. ClearSpace will start ClearSpace-1, the first mission to remove space debris, in 2025, …

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SpaceX’s 100th Falcon 9 flight for Starlink sets new re-use record

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night set a new record for re-using a first stage: it was the seventh time that SpaceX flew the booster into space and brought it back to Earth. The vehicle delivered another batch of 60 …

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