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France selects Thales and Airbus for its electronic warfare system

Paris, 15 February 2021. – The French army has contracted Thales and Airbus to upgrade the electronic warfare capabilities and system for all three armed forces, Airbus Defence & Space announced. The French defence procurement agency (DGA) has awarded Thales and Airbus a contract for the new joint tactical signals …

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ESA and Portugal support Rocket Factory’s RFA ONE

Paris, 15 February 2021. – Boost by ESA: The German micro-launch startup Rocket Factory Augsburg gained the support from the European Space Agency (ESA) and Portugal Space, the Portuguese space agency, the company announced. Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) signed a second contract in the frame of Boost, ESA’s Commercial Space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Lock Down on All Space Launches!

by Valentin Eder This article describes – in a non-diplomatic way – the current setting/behaviour of space industry stakeholders and a set of radical, but necessary actions to ensure the  long-term sustainability of outer space in the interest of operators, the industry, last but not least, of the global society. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Insights into Space law in China

by Jan Helge Mey L.LM. (McGill) and Dr. Ingo Baumann, BHO Legal, Germany While the space activities of China continue to advance in breadth and depth, rather little is known about the legal and regulatory framework within the country. It is difficult to find online sources and most texts are …

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Space Café Brazil Recap: Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto of the Catholic University of Santos

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Prof. Dr. Olavo de O. Bittencourt Neto, of the Catholic University of Santos, Brazil, talked about the space race’s history and the beginning of the golden era of the United Nations treaties on outer space. He also talked about the role of international space …

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OQ takes lead in European 5G nanosat mission

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Hard- and software: OQ Technology, a satellite start-up from Luxembourg, was contracted by the European Space Agency (ESA) to contribute hard- and software to the nanosat mission MACSAT. OQ Technology said it signed a 2 million Euro contract with the ESA in the frame of …

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NASA to launch its Jupiter Europa Clipper not on SLS

Paris, 12 February 2021. – Shift to commercial: the U.S. space agency NASA decided to launch its Europa Clipper spacecraft to the Jupiter moon not on its own, government-funded Space Launch System (SLS) but on a commercial vehicle, the project team told the press and the public at a NASA …

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Ali Al Hashemi to follow Masood Mahmood as Yahsat CEO

Paris, 11 February 2021. – New CEO, new Board: The CEO of Yahsat, Masood Mahmood, steps down in April and will hand over to Ali Al Hashemi, currently CEO of Thuraya and General Manager of Yahsat Government Solutions, the company announced. Mahmood will join the Yahsat Board of Directors, Yahsat said, …

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Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023 and 2028

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Turkey wants to go to the Moon in 2023. “The national space program will carry our country to an upper league in the global space race,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said according to a report of the Anadolu news agency. Erdogan presented a program that …

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Firefly and Exolaunch want to fly together on Alpha

Paris, 11 February 2021. – Alpha and Exolaunch: the German launch service provider will offer rideshare missions aboard Firefly’s Alpha vehicle from next year on, the U.S. company said. Firefly Aerospace and Exolaunch agreed to “integrate and launch multi-satellite clusters aboard Firefly’s Alpha launch vehicle beginning in 2022,” Firefly announced. …

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