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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Keen to sign up for space tourism? Here are 6 things to consider (besides the price tag)

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Keen to sign up for space tourism? Here are 6 things to consider (besides the price tag)”, originally published 23 July 2021 at The Conversation by Steven Freeland.

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Rocket Lab sees Electron back on track after failure review

Rocket Lab found the root cause for the loss of its mission in May, the company said. It has concluded an extensive review into the cause of the anomaly that resulted in the loss of its “Running Out Of Toes” mission launched on 15 May 2021, Rocket Lab said. The review concluded that an issue occurred within the second stage engine igniter system. 

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Cross-industry collaboration in the Space Sector

One of the reasons why space is rapidly attracting new investments is because of its potential to enable new applications for several non-space industries, health, communications, fintech, agriculture, oil & gas,  and even art, just to name some examples.

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Blue Origin’s New Shepard ready to go with Jeff Bezos on board

Blue Origin New Shepard’s first human flight mission is ready to lift off tomorrow, with its founder and owner Jeff Bezos on board, the company said. "New Shepard is go for launch, “ Blue Origin said. “On July 20, Blue Origin will fly its 16th New Shepard flight to space, and its first with astronauts on board.”

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ispace’s lunar lander fit for assembly at ArianeGroup Germany

The Japanese lunar exploration company ispace has begun the assembly of the flight model for its lunar lander, which is to be used in the company’s first mission scheduled to launch in 2022, the company said. The final assembly of the flight model lander will be carried out in cooperation with Ariane Group at its facility in Lampoldshausen, Germany.

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ArianeGroup Germany gives Ariane 6 a new kick-stage: Astris

ArianeGroup in Germany will develop a new, optional kick-stage for Ariane 6 called Astris, the company announced. The new, additional stage will “further increase the versatility of Ariane 6 and enhance performance for new types of mission”. ArianeGroup was picked as prime contractor by the European Space Agency (ESA). The contract is worth €90 million.

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Masten develops Moon positioning and navigation network

Masten Space Systems, the Californian Moon and Mars mission specialist, will develop a positioning and navigation network for the Moon, the company said. Masten was awarded a Phase II contract, through the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, “to develop and demonstrate a lunar positioning and navigation network prototype”, the company founded in 2004 said.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: African Space Industry Revenue to Surpass USD 10.24 billion by 2024 Despite COVID-19 Setback

As the leading analytics and consulting company focusing on the African space and satellite industry, Space in Africa has released the African Space Industry Annual Report, 2021 Edition. The report was built on the two previous editions to analyse space activities across the continent, industry dynamics, and trends,

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NASA and Northrop Grumman conclude Moon outpost contract

The U.S. space agency NASA and Northrop Grumman of Dulles, Virginia, concluded their contract to develop the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) for the Moon gateway, NASA said. As part of NASA’s Artemis program, HALO will be a critical way station and outpost in the orbit around the Moon. The firm, fixed-price contract is valued at $935 million, NASA said.

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