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French Exotrail signs two contracts with ESA and stays on track for its electric propulsion mission

Luxembourg, 16 September 2020. – The French space start-up Exotrail continues its steady development in a challenging environment and has signed two nano- and micro-satellite contracts with the European Space Agency (ESA), the companies cofounder and CEO David Henri said on Wednesday at the Luxembourg Space Forum. Exotrail will build …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective: Next Gen ESA by Michal Szaniawski

by Michal Szaniawski, President of Polish Space Agency On 26 August 2020, SpaceWatch.Global Editor in Chief Markus Payer started a dialogue about the next generation ESA here. We reached out to representatives in all ESA memberstates and beyond to get their feedback on that topic. Here we publish their perspectives.  …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Fahad Al Mheiri” On 6 October 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Fahad Al Mheiri, Acting Executive Director – Space Sector United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) in the United Arab Emirates.  This event will take place on 6 October 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Fahad Al Mheiri will discuss recent developments and updates in the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NASA’s regolith solicitation: perhaps more than even they expected

by Daniel Porras* Last week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein announced a solicitation for proposals for the collection of lunar regolith by private companies. This surprising announcement is yet another part of NASA’s efforts to return to the Moon (with the first woman and next man) and establish a sustained presence …

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Boeing to face independent ethics probe over lunar lander bid, Reuters reports

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – Boeing is facing an independent review of its compliance and ethics practices, according to an agreement struck with NASA and the U.S. Air Force and seen by Reuters, the news agency reported. “The agreement, signed in August, comes as federal prosecutors continue a criminal investigation …

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Board-Level Qualification Testing for Rad-Hard MOSFET Packaging

For Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) QPL qualification, high-reliability rad hard MOSFETs undergo extensive screening and quality-conformance testing to ensure that devices perform to specification in the harshest environments, sometimes for 15 years and longer. Both the US and European communities have developed specifications detailing quality conformance testing sequence. In the …

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Northrop Grumman wins $13.3bn nuclear missile contract from U.S. Air Force

Falls Church, Virginia/ Washington, DC, 8 September 2020. – Northrop Grumman Corporation was selected by the U.S. Air Force to modernize the nation’s aging intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system under a $13.3 billion contract, the company announced. It was awarded for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the …

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Amergint completes acquisition of Raytheon’s space-based optics business

Colorado Springs, 1 September 2020. – Amergint Technologies Holdings, Inc. (ATH) announced it has completed the acquisition of Raytheon Technologies’ electro-optics technology business headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut, which will be renamed Danbury Mission Technologies (Danbury). Previously a division of Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace Systems unit, Danbury is a leading technology …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 43 – U.S. Defense Space Strategy

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. 43: ‘The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy’, originally published in July 2020. 1. Overview of the strategy The Defense Space Strategy (DSS) …

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