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Inovor and Gilmour develop Australia’s launch capabilities

Paris, 20 January 2021. – South Australia prepares its first space mission, SASAT1, the space and defence company Inovor Technologies said yesterday. Inovor Technologies will design and build the 6-unit Apogee satellite bus that will be launched into orbit in 2022, the company said. SASAT1 will carry payloads to provide …

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SpaceX to transform oil rigs into floating offshore launch pads

Paris, 20 January 2021. – SpaceX bought two oil rigs to transform them into floating offshore launch pads for its Starship, space and tech media reported. The two nearly identical deepwater oil rigs – ENSCO8500 and 8501platforms – were acquired from the offshore drilling company Valaris and renamed Phobos and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 Jan – 17 Jan 2021

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 Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 11 Jan – 17 Jan 2021”. Hello and welcome to another …

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EU to invest €82.5 million in Pan-African Programme

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Union (EU) spends €82.5 million to support six infrastructure and digitalisation projects of the Pan-African Programme, Space in Africa reported. The six projects span multiple sectors such as air transport, digitalisation, regional integration and trade, and sustainable resource management, Space in Africa said. …

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EU to launch Spaceways study on Space Traffic Management

Paris, 19 January 2021. – The European Commission asked a consortium of European launchers and operators as well as policy and legal institutes to develop a framework and guidelines for Space Traffic Management (STM). The project, called SPACEWAYS, will characterise and analyse the current changing context of STM, especially its …

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Softbank invests $350m and takes 30% OneWeb stake

Paris, 18 January 2021. – OneWeb, the LEO satellite communications company, secured additional funding from SoftBank and Hughes, bringing OneWeb’s total funding to $1.4 billion, the company announced. The capital raised to date positions the company to be fully funded for its first-generation satellite fleet, totaling 648 satellites by the …

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Branson’s Virgin Orbit reaches space with LauncherOne

Paris, 18 January 2021. – A new chapter of space flight: Virgin Orbit successfully flew its small LauncherOne rocket from a Virgin Atlantic 747 airplane into orbit on Sunday, the company and its owner, Richard Branson, tweeted. The launch marks the entry of another private entrepreneur in the launch market, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Sustainability Trends 2020/2021 and Beyond

by Dr. Olga Stelmakh-Drescher and Prof. Steven Freeland Space Sustainability is the crucial requirement for a long-term and effective operational space environment. Being highly multifaceted, it has many interdependent and complementary constituent elements, facets and vectors – it is an enabler of continuous and unconditionally safe activities in space, as well as a driver of change as regards …

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Space Café Recap: “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele #02”- Quantum Technologies

In this Space Cafè “Black Ops by Ralph Thiele #2”, Colonel (Ret`d) Ralph Thiele, Chairman of the Berlin based Political-Military Society, President of Euro Défense-Germany, and Managing Director of StratByrd Consulting, Germany talked with his guests about the Implication for Security & Defence coming with quantum technologies. His guests in this …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Mahmoud Abu Wasel on a new space initiative

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Mahmoud Abu Wasel, Vice-President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice talked about the new space initiative of the institute. With the rapid increase in the private sectors race to space and governments attempting to keep up, we are witnessing the new age of the …

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