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Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico to be decommissioned

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – It’s sad, but true: the 300 meter Arecibo Observatory radio telescope in Puerto Rico will go into a “controlled decommissioning”, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The nearly 60 years old telescope suffered two cable failures in August and last year which have damaged …

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Rocket builder Relativity Space adds $500 million to its war chest

Luxembourg, 25 November 2020. – The U.S. 3D-printing rocket builder Relativity Space adds half a billion U.S. dollars to its “war chest”, CNBC reported. The valuation of the company that produces rockets with the world’s largest 3D printers has climbed to $2.3 billion, making it the second most valuable private …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 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 China Aerospace News Roundup 16 Nov – 22 Nov 2020”. Hello and welcome to another episode …

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China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon

Paris, 24 November 2020. – China successfully launched its Chang’e-5 lunar sample return mission last night on a Long March 5 rocket, Chinese television and international media reported. Chinese CGTN television showed the successful lift-off, separation and solar array deployment live from the Wengchang satellite launch and control center in …

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Switzerland to kick off Space4Impact platform

Paris, 19 November 2020. – The Swiss Space Center and the European Space Agency (ESA)’s Business Incubation Center in Switzerland are launching Space4Impact, an online event “to raise awareness about space technologies and launch a digital marketplace platform to connect corporates, investors, organizations, and startups”, Space4Impact said. The event is …

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Luxembourg creates European space resources centre ESRIC

Paris, 19 November 2020. – Luxembourg partners with the European Space Agency (ESA) to create the European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESCRIC), the Luxembourgish Government announced. ESRIC wants to partner with public and private international players “to create a hub of excellence for space resources in Europe”, the Government and …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Mari Eldholm on Norway’s space ambitions

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk,  Mari Eldholm, the Director of NIFRO, Oslo, Norway, talked about Norway’s space ambitions from oil to orbit.  Norway may not be as famous for its space efforts as its oil and gas sector, but that might be about to change. The Nordic nation has in …

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Register Today For Our Space Cafe Summit “Anarchy in Space?” On 10 December 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative new format: Space Cafe Summit “Anarchy in Space?” on 10 December 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Never before has security in space been more challenged. Never before has space been more elaborately used for military and security purposes on Earth. And never before was …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Prof. Stephan Hobe” On 8 December 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Prof. Stephan Hobe, Director at Institute of Air Law, Space Law and Cyber Law, University Cologne, Cologne, Germany. This event will take place on 8 December 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Prof. Hobe will discuss some questions of the future design of the …

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Astrobiology Journal features findings of simulated Mars mission

Paris, 17 November 2020. – The Astrobiology Journal has published the findings of the international simulated Mars mission AMADEE-18, which took place in February 2018 in the desert of Oman. From February 1 to 28, 2018, the Austrian Space Forum lead the mission in the Dhofar region in the Sultanate …

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