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China’s Space Double Whammy: Successful Long March 5B Launches New Capsule For Human Spaceflight

China scored a space double whammy on 5 May 2020 when its successfully launched its heavy Long March 5B launch vehicle carrying a new capsule designed for crewed missions. The Long March 5B launch was conducted from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Hainan Island, located just off China’s southern …

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Lunapolitics: U.S. To Propose ‘Artemis Accords’ To Govern Moon Mining Operations

Following the executive order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources signed by President Donald J. Trump on 6 April 2020, it has been reported by Reuters on 5 May 2020 that the United States is drafting principles it proposes can govern mining and other …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: satsearch Survey Results – Space Industry Sentiment On Rebuilding After Covid-19

By Hywel Curtis The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is having a severe effect on families, companies and organizations all over the world and the space industry is certainly not immune to the impact. The situation is changing rapidly as the virus spreads, and in order to get a sense of the …

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Astrobotic to Develop New Commercial Payload Service for NASA’s Human Landing System

Astrobotic proudly announced on 4 May 2020 that it is has been selected to develop and lead a new commercial payload service onboard the Dynetics Human Landing System (HLS).  Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, was recently announced as one of three awardees by NASA to develop a new …

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TS2 SPACE Launches New KA-Band Satellite Broadband In Iraq, Syria And Armenia

TS2 SPACE has recently launched new KA-BAND satellite services. Using the HYLAS 2 spacecraft, the company now provides high- speed data services to Iraq, Syria and Armenia. The HYLAS 2 satellite carries 24 active Ka-band user beams and six gateway beams. The Ka-band spot beams are providing two-way communications services …

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Infostellar Raises US$3.5 Million To-Date In Current Investment Round

Infostellar, a highly innovative ground-segment-as-a-service (GSaaS) provider, announced on 30 April 2020 that it has raised a total of US$3.5 million in convertible bonds with existing investors Airbus Ventures and Sony Innovation Fund, while welcoming new investors Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance. …

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Astroscale Signs MOU With Northumbria University To Collaborate On Satellite End-of-Life Practices

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 4 May 2020 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Professor Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, to collaborate on …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Unlocking Space Data With Blockchain For A Scalable New Space Economy

By Alessandra Albano The global space industry is expected to generate revenue of US$1.1 trillion or more in 2040, up from the current US$350 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. Investors are also taking an upbeat view of the prospect of investing in space innovations amidst the risk of technical recession. According …

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