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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: How the European Union and the African Union are stepping up cooperation in space 

Short wave infrared satellite view of Abidjan - Copernicus Sentinel-2

On 26 and 27 April, the EU Global Action will participate in the NewSpace Africa Conference 2023 to put on display success stories and explore the new opportunities emerging in the fast-growing African space sector, a sector in which Europe is strongly present and sees new opportunities for business cooperation and growth.

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SpaceX Completes First Fully Integrated Starship Flight Test

SpaceX has successfully completed its first fully integrated Starship flight test as it successfully launched the rocket. However, the launch was not a complete success, as the rocket exploded four minutes into the flight. This happened as the booster failed to separate from the spacecraft as intended, causing the rocket to tumble and subsequently explode before falling into the. Despite this, the rocket successfully separated from the Super Heavy booster, a key in-flight milestone.

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Register Today for our Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” – on 1 June 2023

Over bagels, croissants, coffee and other treats, we will discuss many legal issues arising from everyday space activities. Ruvimbo and Antonino, both leading experts in space law, will also provide their ‘one word’ to describe the wonders of space/space law – a tradition for all guests at the Space Café Law Breakfasts, and help to demystify the sometimes complex and contradictory vested interests involved in space activities and industry.

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SAIC and GomSpace sign Memorandum of Understanding

GomSpace collaboration. Credit GomSpace

Science Application International Corp (SAIC), an American technology company that provides government services and information technology support, and GomSpace, a manufacturer and operator of nanosatellites, announced on the 18th of April that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. They will partner for CubeSat, MicroSat and SmallSats Systems and Solutions for the Americas market. 

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Leidos Partners With NASCAR for Lunar Rover Race


Leidos and its Dynetics team have announced their intention to compete in another moon race through a promotional partnership with NASCAR. The partnership will be a collaboration between the two organizations in the areas of speed, safety, and reliability. The parties unveiled the details regarding the collaboration and design, and technology of the Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) during a special event at the Space Foundation's 38th annual Space Symposium, the premier assembly for the global space ecosystem.

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Pangea Aerospace and Tehiru Partner for Air-Launch System

Aerospace startup Tehiru and Pangea Aerospace have announced a partnership that will involve Pangea Aerospace supplying the ARCOS methalox aerospike engine to Tehiru for its first-ever thermo-electric rocket booster, making it more cost-effective, sustainable, and reusable. Tehiru’s rocket can support payloads up to 550 kg to LEO as part of their air-launch system.

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