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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Launching Into the New Decade

by Blaine Curcio The first year of the 2020s has been nothing if not very memorable. A global pandemic, political turmoil, and rapid technological development coming from and also helping to propel these changes. Flying somewhat more under the radar, however, has been the year in Chinese launch. 2020 has …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ali Al Hashemi of Thuraya – “Laser-focused”

Thuraya, leader in mobile satellite services based in the UAE, announced a few weeks ago the order of the new Thuraya 4-NGS satellite. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk to Thuraya’s CEO Ali Al Hashemi. Markus Payer: When you ordered your next big satellite, Thuraya 4-NGS, you …

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Austrian Aschbacher to become ESA’s new Director General

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The Austrian Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation at the European Space Agency (ESA), has been nominated as next ESA Director General, following the German Jan Wörner, several media reports and tweets said. The nomination is expected to be endorsed by the ESA Member States …

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ESA contracts ClearSpace for debris removal mission

Paris, 27 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) contracted a consortium led by the Swiss start-up ClearSpace for the world’s first space debris removal mission, ESA said. The contract has a value of €86 million. ClearSpace will start ClearSpace-1, the first mission to remove space debris, in 2025, …

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SpaceX’s 100th Falcon 9 flight for Starlink sets new re-use record

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – The 100th flight of a Falcon 9 rocket on Tuesday night set a new record for re-using a first stage: it was the seventh time that SpaceX flew the booster into space and brought it back to Earth. The vehicle delivered another batch of 60 …

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Japan’s first StriX satellite to launch on Rocket Lab’s Electron

Luxembourg, 26 November 2020. – On Electron: Japanese Earth-imaging company Synspective will launch its first of 30 StriX satellites on Rocket Lab’s 17th Electron vehicle, its seventh mission of the year, Rocket Lab announced. The Synspective mission is scheduled for lift-off during a 14-day launch window opening on 12 December UTC …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Prof. Steven Freeland on The Multifaceted Nature of Space and the Role / Rule of Law

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Prof. Steven Freeland, Professor of International Law, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia talked about the Multifaceted Nature of Space and the Role / Rule of Law. Prof. Steven Freeland talked about: Australia’s initiatives on the commercial space side, National law – what are the important …

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