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UK investing £1.4 billion in space defence

The UK government announced it will invest approximately £1.4 billion to reinforce their national interests in space, as part of the first Defence Space Strategy (DSS). The DSS outlines the methods of protecting the UK’s national interests in space, stimulating growth of the sector and supporting highly skilled jobs.

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China releases five-year space program

The State Council Information Office of China issued its fifth white paper, titled "China's Space Program: A 2021 Perspective," on the country's space program. The paper introduces China's principles, policies, measures, and mindset while also summarizing its achievements in space science, technology and application. Major achievements include improvement in space infrastructure, the BeiDou

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China confirms building Moon base with Russia by 2035

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has confirmed the country will be joining forces with Russia to build a research Moon base by 2035. The station will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway. Russia and China announced the project in June last year, after signing an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding in March 2021.

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SpaceX wins $102 million Air Force contract for point-to-point transportation

The U.S. Air Force awarded a US $102M, five-year contract to SpaceX to demonstrate technologies and capabilities to transport military cargo and humanitarian aid on a heavy rocket, the U.S. Government announced. The contract is part of the rocket cargo program led by the Air Force Research Laboratory (ARFL).

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ESA wants to accelerate Europe’s access to space

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to accelerate the use of space in Europe with an annual budget of € 7.15 billion, the agency said. The largest envelopes are invested in Earth Observation (€ 1.6 billion), Navigation (€ 1.5 billion), and Space Transportation (€ 1 billion). Copernicus suffers a budget shortfall of € 750 million due to the withdrawal of the UK.

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Euroconsult estimates EO manufacturing revenues to grow to US $76.1B by 2030

Euroconsult, the space consulting and market intelligence firm, estimates the Earth Observation (EO) manufacturing market to grow to US $76.1B in revenue by 2030. The data were released in the company’s ''Earth Observation Satellite Systems Market'' report. Between 2011-2020, 65% of EO satellite launches were commercial but only captured a negligible 4% of the market value.

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President nominates new eighth lead for NGA

President Joe Biden has nominated Navy Vice Admiral Frank Whitworth to lead the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the institution responsible for analyzing and distributing satellite imagery for intelligence purposes. Career intelligence official Whitworth, currently serves as a director among top military officers advising the president and senior defense officials.

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Government space budgets hit record high in 2021 despite COVID

Space consulting and market intelligence firm Euroconsult has released its “Government Space Programs” report for 2021. The highlight of this year’s findings is an accelerated volume of governmental investment in the space sector. This is due to ambitious space exploration programmes and the militarization of space.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 13 – 19 December

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 Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 13 - 19 December 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup!

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