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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Australia and the US in space—ready for lift-off?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and The Strategist, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles. This is “Australia and the US in space—ready for lift-off?” by Malcolm Davis, originally published on 8 July 2020. Last month, the US Department of Defense released the unclassified summary of a new strategy …

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New York startup iRocket lands contract for reusable rockets with US Air Force

iRocket announced that the company signed a Phase II RAPID Other Transaction Agreement contract with the U.S. Air Force, on the heels of the phase I contract where iRocket partnered with Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Albuquerque, N.M., and Air Force Research Lab at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, …

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Israel’s Ministry of Defense and IAI Launch the Ofek 16 Satellite

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The Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) of the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), have successfully launched the Ofek 16 reconnaissance satellite into space on the sixth of July 2020, at 4:00 AM. The launch was performed from a launch …

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NASA Invests $51 Million in US Firms to Advance Space Research

NASA selected 409 technology proposals for the first phase of funding from the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The contracts will provide approximately $51 million to 312 small businesses in 44 states and Washington, D.C. “NASA depends on America’s small businesses for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Columns: ESPI Yearbook 2019: new decade, new formula

by Sebastien Moranta The ESPI Yearbook is an annual publication that provides a complete overview of all major developments and trends in the space sector over the year including policy, programmes, industry, economy, business and overall worldwide activity. One yearbook, four areas: Policy & Programmes, where we report on the …

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Exolaunch and NanoAvionics sign two launch agreements for SpaceX’s rideshare missions

Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed launch agreements with NanoAvionics, a nano-satellite bus manufacturer and mission integrator, to launch two 6U nano-satellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rideshare missions. Under the contract, Exolaunch will provide launch, integration and deployment services to the NanoAvionics-built satellites. The first contracted spacecraft …

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Astronaut Tim Peake Joins Skyrora’s Advisory Board

Space rocket company Skyrora has announced the addition of British astronaut, Tim Peake to its advisory board. The experience Tim has gained as a European Space Agency astronaut, former International Space Station (ISS) crew member, and British Army Air Corps officer will be invaluable to Skyrora as the company continues …

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United States Space Force field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space

The Department of the Air Force and the United States Space Force have finalized the new service’s organizational structure for echelons below the headquarters, reflecting the newest branch of the armed forces’ guiding principles of being a lean, agile and mission-focused organization. The USSF field organization will consist of three …

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Space BD to Provide Deployment From ISS for Myanmar’s First Microsatellite

Space BD is a space startup in Japan offering access to space using the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”, the largest single ISS module, as well as with rideshares on Japan’s flagship launch vehicle “H3”. The company announced it’s been selected by Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, and the …

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Gilmour Space achieves 45-second milestone in latest hybrid rocket engine test fire

Rocket engineers at Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland, Australia, have completed the first in a series of major technology demonstrations this year: a successful 45-second ‘hot fire’ of their upper-stage hybrid rocket engine. “This was our longest and most efficient test fire to date,” said Gilmour Space CEO and co-founder, …

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