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Emirates Mars Mission’s Hope Probe Due To Launch On 15 July

The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, announced the scheduled launch of its Mars Hope Probe in a 495,000,000km journey to reach and orbit the Red Planet. The countdown to the launch begins after the probe’s successful transfer from the UAE to Japan, in …

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Peru And US Space Command Sign Space Data Sharing Agreement

U.S. Space Command took another step in expanding its international space data sharing network; this time with the nation of Peru on 20 May 2020. Maj. Gen. Javier Tuesta Marquez, National Commission on Aerospace Research and Development (CONIDA), Republic of Peru, and Rear Adm. Marcus A. Hitchcock, USSPACECOM Director of …

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SpaceChain Foundation Invests In Core Semiconductor To Produce Open Hardware Platform For Direct Satellite-To-Devices Communication

SpaceChain Foundation announced on 19 May 2020 it has contracted and invested in Core Semiconductor, an innovator in provably secure computing platforms for all connected devices, to produce the world’s first open-source hardware platform capable of providing a downlink to mobile phones and small devices directly from satellites in orbit, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon Junk – Responsible Management Of Lunar Orbital Debris

By Yoav Landsman in collaboration with Catrina Melograna We have much to gain by making the Moon humankind’s next destination. We can practice living and working on another world, operate autonomous machines from great distances, and utilize the natural local resources. It is a natural step on our way to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Japan’s New Space Domain Mission Unit And Security In The Indo-Pacific Region

By Yuka Koshino Japan’s establishment of the Space Domain Mission Unit, which is planned to become fully operational in 2023, reflects the country’s increasing reliance on space systems to meet its security needs. It could emerge as a key actor in the defence of space assets in the Indo-Pacific. In …

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Lunapolitics: Russia’s Roscosmos Signals Openness To US-Proposed Artemis Accords

By John B. Sheldon A senior official from the Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos, has indicated that Russia is open to discussions with the United States regarding Russia’s role in the Artemis lunar programme – in particular the Lunar Gateway mission – within the framework of NASA’s proposed Artemis Accords. …

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Japan Stands Up Its First Military Space Operations Squadron

The Japanese Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and Ministry of Defense (MoD) stood up the country’s first Space Operations Squadron – the first component of Japan’s Space Domain Mission Unit (SDMU) – in a ceremony presided by the Japanese Minister of Defense Taro Kono on 18 May 2020. The Space Operations Squadron, …

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Skyrora Completes The UK’s First Complete Ground Rocket Test in 50 Years, In Scotland

The UK’s Space race heats up as Skyrora effectively made the UK ready for launching rockets into space after a team successfully built a mobile launch complex and completed a full static fire test with the Skylark L rocket on it – in only five days. Skyrora’s combined achievement also …

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Kleos Space Awarded Micro-Satellite Military Utility Contract For ISR Data

Kleos Space, the Luxembourg-headquartered radio frequency (RF) satellite reconnaissance company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), has been awarded a contract by the Micro-Satellite Military Utility (MSMU) Project The MSMU project is coordinated by the Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory …

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