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CNES And AASO Join Forces – Africa Enters The ActInSpace Fold

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Sekou Ouedraogo, President of the African Aeronautics & Space Organisation (AASO), signed a partnership agreement to develop ,the ActInSpace international hackathon in Africa. The fourth edition of ActInSpace will be held in April this year and Burkina-Faso, Ghana and Nigeria …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne’s Camden Large Solid Rocket Motor Development Facility Nears Completion

Aerojet Rocketdyne has installed a steel casting bell to support production of large solid rocket motors, marking an important milestone for completion of its Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) facility in Camden, Arkansas, US, the company announced on 12 March 2020. The vacuum chamber casting bell was relocated from Aerojet …

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Coronavirus Impact: Nitrogen Dioxide Emissions Drop Over Italy

New data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite reveal the decline of air pollution, specifically nitrogen dioxide emissions, over Italy. This reduction is particularly visible in northern Italy which coincides with its nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The animation shows the fluctuation of nitrogen dioxide emissions across …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Women In Tech… Does It Have To Be “Sole” Destroying?!

By Tegan Lloyd Williams I have a new obsession… GOLD TRAINERS. Massive, blingy, bright and bold gold trainers. I work in a corporate, male dominated industry and it is always flattering and often positive to hear the words “I don’t see gender”, or “It doesn’t matter if you are male …

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Spaceflight Readies 28 Payloads For Inaugural Rideshare Launch On Arianespace’s Vega

Spaceflight Inc. announced on 9 March 2020 that it is providing mission management and rideshare integration services for four organizations on Arianespace’s first dedicated rideshare mission on its Vega launch vehicle. The proof of concept rideshare mission, VV16, will launch 53 microsatellites, nanosatellites and cubesats, including 28 payloads from Spaceflight …

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ESA And The European Commission Preorder Four More Ariane 6 Launches

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that it has finalized its preorder for four more launches on Ariane 6, along with an initial payment. Using Ariane 62, the light version of the new European launcher, these missions will be carried out on behalf of the European Commission to continue the …

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CNES Gives Go-Ahead For CNES-ISRO Trishna And Space Inspire SATCOMs

The Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) Board of Directors convened for its 362nd session on 12 March 2020. During this meeting, they gave the go-ahead to engage France in the development of the French-Indian Trishna programme and to pursue activities for the new Space Inspire series of flexible satellites, as …

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RUAG Space To Supply Payload Adapters And Separation Systems For The Soyuz Launchers

GK Launch Services, an operator of Soyuz-2 commercial launches and RUAG Space, a leading independent space product supplier, have signed a Long-term Purchase Agreement for Payload Adapters and Separation systems for the Soyuz-2 launchers RUAG Space will supply Payload Adapters and Separation systems for the Soyuz-2 family of launchers. The new purchase agreement …

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US Space Force Debuts First Offensive Weapons System

The first offensive weapon system in the United States Space Force, the Counter Communications System Block 10.2, achieved Initial Operating Capability on 9 March 2020, providing quick reaction capability with direct operational support to the warfighter. The Space and Missile Systems Center’s Special Programs directorate and the 4th Space Control …

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Several Key Space-Related Events Cancelled Or Postponed Due To Covid-19 Caution

  Due to health and travel concerns related to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, several important space-related events have been postponed or cancelled. As of today, we have received scheduling updates for the following events. For any further information, please contact the event organizers. The Global Aerospace Summit, originally …

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