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Yahsat Collaborates With UAE Ministry of Education To Support Remote Learning Initiatives

The UAE Ministry of Education (MoE) announced on 29 April 2020 that it is collaborating with Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) to extend the reach of its Remote Schooling initiative for students seeking to access e-learning platforms during the current COVID-19 situation. As part of the collaboration, Yahsat will …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: “33 minutes with Daniel Porras”

This week’s Space Café WebTalk took place on 28 April 2020, featuring Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow at UNIDIR – the United Nations Institute of Disarmament Research in Geneva – in conversation with Torsten Kriening, co-publisher of SpaceWatch.Global and COO of ThorGroup GmbH. Daniel Porras discussed the question “Is it too late …

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IAF Announces 2020 International Astronautical Congress – The CyberSpace Edition

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Astronautical Foundation (IAF) has announced that this year’s International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will go virtual in October instead of being held in Dubai. Pascale Ehrenfreund, president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), made the announcement on the organization’s website and by email: I …

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Thales Alenia Space to Develop In Spain The TDRS Transmitter For VEGA Launchers

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), announced on 27 April 2020 the signing of a contract with AVIO S.p.A., industrial prime contractor of the VEGA launch vehicle, in the frame of LEAP program of the European Space Agency (ESA), concerning the initial phases of …

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Singapore’s Equatorial Space Reveals ‘Dorado’ Sounding Rocket Launch Services

The Dorado, named after the swordfish constellation, will be Equatorial Space’s second rocket after the Low Altitude Demonstrator, pending launch due to the COVID-19 work and travel restrictions. The Dorado rocket will be the very first commercial sounding rocket capable of exceeding the Karman Line, the conventional boundary of space, …

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Guatemala Launches Quetzmal CubeSat Through UNOOSA And JAXA KiboCUBE Programme

On 28 April 2020 the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), winner of the KiboCUBE programme 2017, run by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), saw their satellite deployed by JAXA from the International Space Station (ISS). The satellite – …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace On The U.S. Space Resources Executive Order

On 6 April 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. This order addresses US policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. SpaceWatch.Global was able to …

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Virgin Orbit Ventilators Granted Emergency Use Authorization, First Deliveries Expected Soon

Virgin Orbit, Sir Richard Branson’s responsive satellite launch company, announced on 23 April 2020 that regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have granted an Emergency Use Authorization for the immediate delivery and use of a new “bridge” ventilator designed and built by the aerospace firm. With that …

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