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ESA and Orbit Fab test and use green propellant

Paris, 26 February 2021. – Greener space: The European Space Agency (ESA) tests a ‘green’ satellite thruster as an alternative to today’s hydrazine-based engines, the agency said. Hydrazine is the most common propellant employed by thrusters aboard satellites today and is typically used to manoeuvre satellites into their final geostationary …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Nikolai Khlystov on Multi-stakeholder collaboration

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Nikolai Khlystov, Lead, Shaping the Future of Mobility and Space at World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland talked about ways and initiatives that support sustainable peace in space. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever” Space is becoming critical for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 15 – 21 Feb 2012

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 15 – 21 Feb 2012”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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Europe takes next step towards STM conference

Paris, 25 February 2021. – European States and institutions set the roadmap for their European Conference on Space Traffic Management (STM) to be held in July. The preparation of the conference, which was requested by the EU-ESA Space Council in November last year, is moderated by Germany, which had initiated …

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OHB invests in food security start-up ConstellR

Paris, 25 February 2021. – OHB invests in the human food security start-up ConstellR, the German space company said. Venture Capital, the strategic investment arm of space and technology group OHB, has invested in ConstellR, whose mission aims at supporting human food security, OHB said. The Freiburg-based start-up, a spin-off …

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Orbex wants to 3D-print its rocket engines

Paris, 25 February 2021. – Printing rockets: The spaceflight specialist Orbex has ordered “the largest industrial 3D printer in Europe”, to “rapidly print complex rocket engines in-house”, the UK-based space launch company said. The custom-made, large volume 3D printer will allow Orbex to print more than 35 large-scale rocket engine …

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ESA choses Harmony for its next Earth Explorer mission

Paris, 24 February 2021. – Harmony is on its way: The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen the Harmony satellite concept to move forward with its tenth scientific Earth Explorer mission. Harmony is conceived as a mission with two satellites that orbit in formation with one of the Copernicus Sentinel-1 …

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Northrop Grumman orders two more Cygnus from Thales

Paris, 23 February 2021. – Two more: Northrop Grumman has ordered two more Cygnus cargo modules from Thales Alenia Space, the joint venture between Thales and Leonardo said in Turin yesterday. Thales will deliver pressurized cargo modules for the 18th and 19th Cygnus cargo mission, the company said, a contract …

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Survey for Polish Space Law: its a good time to create Polish Space Law Act

by Prof. Katarzyna Malinowska, Prof. Małgorzata Polkowska, Bartosz Malinowski and Mariusz T. Kłoda Poland has a long history in space legislation – ratified 4 Space Treaties. Poland is a UNCOPUOS and ESA member. In 2014 r. the Polish Space Agency POLSA was created. The main task of POLSA is to …

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