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ESPI Brief 21: On the importance of narratives in outer space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 21: ‘On the importance of narratives in outer space ’, originally published in March 2018.

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Arctic Space Race: Russia Plans To Launch Arktika Weather Satellite Constellation

Arktika-M, the first Russian weather forecasting satellite for monitoring climate and the environment in the Arctic region is planned to be launched into a Molniya orbit in June 2019, according to Russian space industry officials who spoke to Sputnik, a Russian news outlet.

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UAE Human Spaceflight: Emirati Astronaut Mission Will Be In Late 2019, Last Eight Days

Officials from the Russian state space corporation Roscosmos have indicated that the first Emirati human spaceflight mission will take place in September to October 2019 and will last eight days, a change from the initial plan to send the UAE's first astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2019 for mission lasting 10 days.

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French New Space: CNES Selected To Be Business Provider For French Tech Seed Investment Fund

On 17 January 2019 the Centre national d'etudes spatiales (CNES) was selected as business provider for the French Tech Seed investment fund. The winners of the Call for Interest, launched by Bpifrance, were announced by Frédérique Vidal, France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, and Guillaume Boudy, France’s Secretary General for Investment

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