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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 23 Nov – 29 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 22 Nov – 29 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: A Space programme for the Nobel Peace Prize? – the answer might surprise you…

by Prof. Chris Lee Very recently I overheard a conversation that went like this – “our programme has been operating in space for over 20 years and includes the key international space agency partners. It is an inspiration for our young and has done more for global peace than any …

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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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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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Copernicus Sentinel-6 launched to observe our oceans

Paris, 23 November 2020. – A new family member: Copernicus Sentinel-6 was launched successfully on a SpaceX Falcon 9 on Saturday. The 1.2 tons satellite lifted off from SpaceX’s Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and entered its orbit one hour after lift-off, the European Space Agency (ESA) said. Sentinel-6 …

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“Series of human errors” likely reason for loss of Vega VV17

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A human error in the integration of the fourth stage seems to be a likely reason for the loss of the Vega mission VV17 from Kourou Monday night, Arianespace said. Initial investigations, conducted overnight with the available telemetry and production data, led to the assumption …

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Vega VV17 fails, Taranis and SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites both lost

Paris, 17 November 2020. – A Vega rocket with France’s Taranis and Spain’s SEOSAT-Ingenio satellites on board failed yesterday, Arianespace said; both satellites were lost. “8 minutes after liftoff of Vega mission VV17, following the first ignition of the engine of the Avum upper stage, a deviation of trajectory was …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 9 Nov – 15 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 9 Nov – 15 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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SEOSAT-Ingenio imaging satellite ready for launch from Kourou

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – The Spanish Earth-imaging SEOSAT-Ingenio satellite will be launched on a Vega rocket from French Guiana on 17 November, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced. SEOSAT-Ingenio carries a high-resolution dual camera to image the Earth with a resolution of 2.5 meters. With its capability to look …

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