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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 19-25 October 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour Weekly Aerospace News Roundup, 19-25 Oct”. Special 6th Annual CCAF Edition (Part 1 of 2) …

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Airbus Ventures invests in Singapore radiation protection start-up

Paris, 25 October 2020.  – Airbus Ventures, the venture capital arm of Airbus, expands its presence in Asia Pacific with a $1.85 million investment in the Singaporean radiation protection start-up Zero Error Systems (ZES), Airbus announced. ZES was founded in 2019 as a spin-off from Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University. The …

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Mynaric to supply laser links to Telesat’s U.S. Blackjack showcase

Paris, 25 October 2020. – The space laser communications specialist Mynaric has been selected by Telesat to supply inter-satellite links to U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack program, the Gilching/Munich-based company announced. The Canadian Telesat had announced last week that it will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. …

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SpaceX completes 100th Falcon launch with another Starlink mission

Paris, 25 October 2020. – SpaceX completed its 100th successful Falcon launch since Falcon 1’s first flight in 2008, the company announced. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched another 60 Starlink satellites to orbit on Saturday from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: The hell of humans in heaven – Debating the risks of space technology and habitation

by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen Space technology and the potential habitation of the Solar System is lengthening the list of catastrophic threats posed to humanity, claims Daniel Deudney in his new book Dark Skies: Space Expansionism, Planetary Geopolitics, and the Ends of Humanity. It follows on from his prior arguments about …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: In a Historic First, Eight Nations Formally Recognize the Need to Preserve Heritage in Space

by Michelle Hanlon and Anne-Sophie Martin On October 13, 2020, the civilian space agencies of eight nations – Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States – announced that they had agreed to 12 Principles for Cooperation in the Civil Exploration and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Australia one step closer to a sovereign launch capability

  by Dr. Malcolm Davis As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Strategist, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles. This is “Australia one step closer to a sovereign launch capability″ by Malcolm Davis, originally published on 15 October 2020. Australia’s commercial space sector is moving quickly towards …

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Kratos launches OpenSpace as platform for virtual ground services

Luxembourg, 22 October 2020. – Kratos Defense & Security Solutions launched OpenSpace, a platform for the software-based creation of virtual ground systems, the Nasdaq-listed U.S. company said. OpenSpace is a software platform and family of virtual products that enable satellite operators and ground service providers to create fully software-defined, dynamic …

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