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Intersputnik appoints Elina Morozova Executive Director

Paris, 4 January 2021. – Elina Morozova is the new Executive Director of Intersputnik, the intergovernmental satellite telecommunications organization headquartered in Moscow. The Executive Director is responsible for relations with member-countries, national signatories, Russian government authorities, the United Nations including the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: “Houston, we have a Space Traffic Management Pilot program”

by Dr. Moriba Jah The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC) will finally get its chance to demonstrate to the rest of the space community its value-added in taking stewardship of civil space situational awareness and space traffic management, as was indicated in National Space Policy Directive …

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Equatorial Space Systems Concludes First Test Flight

Singapore’s launcher startup, Equatorial Space Systems, verifies its technology with first in-flight proof-of-concept. The 2.5-meters-long Low Altitude Demonstrator took flight over the vast expanse of the Felcra Palm Oil Estate in Perak, Malaysia at approximately 11:40 local time on Monday, 21st December, and  reached its target altitude of 1.2 kilometres. …

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Space BD and ALE conclude an LOI

Space BD Inc., the leading space startup in Japan that provides access to space using the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” and rideshares on Japan’s flagship launch vehicle “H3”, and ALE, with the mission to make space closer for people announced that they concluded a Letter of …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: 2020 – A Preview of the Decade to Come?

by Blaine Curcio SpaceWatch.Global asked its friends, staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the review of Blaine Curcio. Everyone would agree that 2020 was in many ways exceptional. There were vastly fewer …

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Voyager to acquire ISS heavy user and pioneer Nanoracks

Paris, 31 December 2020. – The space exploration company Voyager Space wants to acquire a majority stake in XO Markets and its largest subsidiary Nanoracks, the company announced. Houston-based Nanoracks offers low-cost, high-quality solutions for satellite deployment and research in more than 30 nations worldwide. Voyager plans to invest “significant …

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France launches super high-resolution military satellite

Paris, 30 December 2020. – France launched the second of its three CSO super high-resolution military satellites from French Guiana, the manufacturer Airbus announced. The Earth observation satellite CSO-2 that Airbus has built for the French Armed Forces has been successfully launched on a Soyuz launcher from the Kourou European …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: My 2020 in a review – by Bassam Alfeeli

by Bassam Alfeeli Year 2020 was a year of many historical events. Taking Covid-19 aside, we have witnessed the launching of 3 missions to Mars and the return of samples from extraterrestrial bodies (Moon and Ryugu). We also saw the success of commercial human space flights as well as building …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 21 Dec – 27 Dec 2020

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 21 Dec – 28 Dec 2020”. Hello and welcome to another …

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Viasat concerned about SpaceX’s Starlink relocation plans

Paris, 29 December 2020. – Viasat raises “serious environmental concerns” about SpaceX’s intention to relocate nearly 3,000 Starlink satellites to lower altitudes, the company said in a filing to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) dated 22 December. In July 2020, Viasat filed a petition to deny or defer an …

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