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ESA and Orbit Fab test and use green propellant

Paris, 26 February 2021. – Greener space: The European Space Agency (ESA) tests a ‘green’ satellite thruster as an alternative to today’s hydrazine-based engines, the agency said. Hydrazine is the most common propellant employed by thrusters aboard satellites today and is typically used to manoeuvre satellites into their final geostationary …

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NATO installs space excellence centre in Toulouse

Paris, 25 February 2021. – NATO has selected Toulouse for its new centre of excellence dedicated to space, the French government said. The centre will be “at the heart of Europe’s largest space ecosystem”, surrounded by the French Space Command and Space Academy, the Space Lab, leading international space industries, …

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OHB invests in food security start-up ConstellR

Paris, 25 February 2021. – OHB invests in the human food security start-up ConstellR, the German space company said. Venture Capital, the strategic investment arm of space and technology group OHB, has invested in ConstellR, whose mission aims at supporting human food security, OHB said. The Freiburg-based start-up, a spin-off …

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Orbex wants to 3D-print its rocket engines

Paris, 25 February 2021. – Printing rockets: The spaceflight specialist Orbex has ordered “the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe”, to “rapidly print complex rocket engines in-house”, the UK-based space launch company said. The custom-made, large volume 3D printer will allow Orbex to print more than 35 large-scale rocket engine …

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Survey for Polish Space Law: its a good time to create Polish Space Law Act

by Prof. Katarzyna Malinowska, Prof. Małgorzata Polkowska, Bartosz Malinowski and Mariusz T. Kłoda Poland has a long history in space legislation – ratified 4 Space Treaties. Poland is a UNCOPUOS and ESA member. In 2014 r. the Polish Space Agency POLSA was created. The main task of POLSA is to …

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ECSL Winter Webinar Series Launches Today

Berlin, 22 February 2021. – The ECSL Seminar series is back: Following the success of the ECSL Summer Webinars held in August 2020, the European Centre for Space Law (ECSL) is glad to announce that it will continue its series of webinars with the ECSL Winter Webinars, set to take place …

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Québec to invest $300m in Telesat’s Lightspeed

Paris, 22 February 2021. – Québec invests $317 million in Telesat’s new LEO constellation Lightspeed, the satellite operator announced. The Government of Québec invests $158 million in preferred equity and grant a loan of the amount, Telesat said. “This collaboration comes on the heels of Telesat’s selection of Thales Alenia …

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EOS to launch LEO system for digital precision agriculture

Paris, 22 February 2021. – The satellite imagery analytics provider EOS plans to launch seven optical satellites into LEO by 2024, the Californian company said. By launching its own satellite imaging constellation, the company aims to establish a full satellite data production vertical – from direct imagery collection to processing, analysis …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Bridging Space and Asia with Multi-GNSS

by Sam Claydon, The Sustainability Project Asia; the most populous and largest continent in the world, mostly known for its diverse foods, rich culture and strong global economic presence, is also home to a unique fusion of Global Navigation Satellite Services (GNSS); an unparalleled characteristic that holds a pool of potential …

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