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Airbus and UK progress with Skynet6 program

Paris, 15 January 2021. – Update on Skynet: Airbus and the UK Ministry of Defence have completed the design review phase of the project, Airbus said. Airbus was awarded the Skynet 6A contract in July 2020 and has been working on the program at its sites in Stevenage, Portsmouth and …

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U.S. Space Command to move from Colorado to Alabama

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Going to Huntsville: the U.S. Space Command will move its headquarters from Colorado to Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced. The headquarters will be at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, the Republican Governor Ivey announced, bringing reportedly 1600 jobs to Alabama. The location was chosen over five other …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: ‘War in space’ would be a catastrophe. A return to rules-based cooperation is the only way to keep space peaceful

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Prof. Steven Freeland, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “‘War in space’ would be a catastrophe. A return to rules-based cooperation is the only way to keep space peaceful”, originally published 30 November 2020 at …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Kai-Uwe Schrogl “A Challenging Presidency – A Bright Perspective For Europe In Space”

With the end of the year, Germany passed on the EU Council Presidency. After six months of tumultuous political developments and an intensification of the COVID-19 crisis, Germany was able to finalize the big dossiers relevant for the next years. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer drew a resumé on the space …

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Scott Pace leaves U.S. National Space Council

Paris, 5 January 2021. – After three-and-a-half years of service as Executive Secretary of the White House National Space Council, Scott Pace left and returned to George Washington University, spacepolicyonline.com reported. Pace was Director of the Space Policy Institute at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs before being tapped by …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Rethinking the Inevitable: Why We Need to Stop Hoping, and Prepare for Space Warfare

by Doug Loverro In the not-so-distant future, some country’s leader will be forced to answer the following question – will they passively allow the citizens and military forces of their nation to be targeted, with impunity, by the space forces of an adversary nation?  Will they countenance thousands of sailors …

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U.S. SDA awards $150 million launch contract to SpaceX

Paris, 4 January 2021. – The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded SpaceX a $150 million launch service contract, the agency announced. The Hawthorne, California-based firm has been awarded a $150,450,000 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services from Vandenberg Air Force Base for the Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 Transport …

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France launches super high-resolution military satellite

Paris, 30 December 2020. – France launched the second of its three CSO super high-resolution military satellites from French Guiana, the manufacturer Airbus announced. The Earth observation satellite CSO-2 that Airbus has built for the French Armed Forces has been successfully launched on a Soyuz launcher from the Kourou European …

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Bangkok start-up to build “first spaceship of Thailand”

Paris, 30 December 2020. – “E la nave va” – but it’s not a movie: The Bangkok-based start-up mu Space wants to build “the first spaceship of Thailand” next year, the company announced. The company said during the opening of its first spaceship factory in Thailand that it wants to …

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UK loses Galileo and Egnos but can continue with Copernicus and ESA

Paris, 29 December 2020. – The United Kingdom will no longer participate in the European Galileo or Egnos programs but can continue, in principle, with Copernicus and remain member of the European Space Agency (ESA), the British Government said. On its official www.gov.uk website, the Government lists the „Brexit transition: …

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