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ispace to take Emirates ‘Rashid’ rover to the Moon

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc., under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world.

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Nigerian Space Agency appoints new Director General

Dr Halilu Shaba Ahmad got confirmed as the third Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, as Space in Africa reported. Prior to his appointment as the Director-General of NASRDA, Dr Ahmad served in various leadership capacities since joining the Space Agency Agency in 2009. Most recently, he served as the Director of Strategic Space Applications, in which capacity

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Isar Aerospace signs up for Andoya launch pad in Norway

sar Aerospace’s Spectrum rocket will launch from Norway: Isar Aerospace has signed an agreement with Norwegian Andøya Space to secure exclusive access for a period of up to twenty years to one of its launch pads on the island Andøya. “We are very happy and proud that we were able to secure our dedicated launch pad on Andøya, the best-funded spaceport in continental Europe.

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#SpaceWatchGL Coproduction: A Dragonfly Interview: The Raptor Demystified

Earth observation is an essential instrument for a variety of industries and government organizations. Accurate remote sensing can save time and money for different entities and improve people’s lives.  To enhance the quality of this experience, industry experts are focused on tools and resources that will ensure the future of use-case has the highest impact possible.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 5 April – 11 April 2021

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 China Aerospace News Roundup 5 April - 11 April 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup!

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Northrop Grumman extends Intelsat 10-02’s life in orbit

Paris, 14 April 2021. – Northrop Grumman and Intelsat succeeded with an in-orbit docking of a life extension module to one of Intelsat’s commercial satellites, the companies said. Northrop Grumman’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics, successfully completed the docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-2 to the Intelsat 10-02 commercial communications satellite.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Toward a decision-intelligent process to assess collision risks in space

Many of us were made aware of an alleged near-miss between two satellites in low earth orbit, one operated by SpaceX and the other by OneWeb. With the growing number of participants in the space domain, the issues of coordination and planning of space activities, as well as the development of common space operation practices, protocols, or norms of behavior are increasingly critical. 

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Marlink got green light to acquire ITC Global

Paris, 13 April 2021. – The Norwegian network provider Marlink Group can close the acquisition of ITC Global, the company said. Backed by Apax Partners, Marlink obtained final regulatory approvals to acquire 100% of ITC Global from Panasonic, the group said. Marlink and ITC Global are preparing for a swift closing of the transaction in the coming weeks, the company said.

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Exolaunch offers ‘green’ space tug system

Paris, 13 April 2021. – The rideshare provider Exolaunch launched a new “environmentally responsible” space tug system, the German new space company said. The program dubbed Reliant features a new line of orbital transfer vehicles (OTV) that bring satellites into their custom orbits are that Exolaunch considers “fully sustainable” – “the first of its kind in the OTV industry.”

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Space Hero to cast reality show candidate into space

Paris, 13 April 2021. – Looking for another hero: Space Hero, “the World‘s first ever global casting show” for a trip to the International Space Station (ISS), signed an agreement with NASA for a feasibility study of a such a mission, Space Hero said. The agreement was signed at a significant date in human history, Space Hero said, as April 12, 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the first human in space, Yuri Gagarin.

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