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NASA invites companies to collect Moon “dirt” or rocks and sell it to the U.S. space agency

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – NASA invites commercial companies to collect small amounts of Moon “dirt” or rocks and hand it out to the U.S. space agency, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday in a blog. “The requirements we’ve outlined are that a company will collect a small …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr. Bhavya Lal” On 29 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Bhavya Lal, Researcher at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.  This event will take place on 29 September 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Dr. Bhavya Lal will discuss key findings from a recent report she led on the emergence of the commercial space …

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UAE’s planned city on Mars gets help from university on radiation research

Abu Dhabi, 7 September, 2020. – A new research finding on radiation will support the UAE’s ambitious project to build the first human settlement on Mars by 2117, a scientist told Emirates News Agency, WAM. “Radiation is one of the biggest roadblocks in planning long-term space missions, especially the project …

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CSIS think tank reports on key governance issues in space

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, presented last week a comprehensive report on key governance issues in space. The research report conducted by CSIS’ Aerospace Security Project focused on space sustainability and debris mitigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, and …

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Astroscale UK appoints Sharon Parker-Lines as Operations Director

London/Tokyo, 2 September, 2020. – Astroscale Ltd., the UK subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc., Japan, the market-leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, announced the strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Sharon Parker-Lines as UK Operations Director effective 1 September 2020. Sharon joins Astroscale with more than 20 …

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Russian satellite maker develops lunar navigation system with at least 24 satellites

Moscow, 1 September 2020. – The Russian satellite maker Information Satellite Systems (ISS) JSC develops two dozens of lunar mission satellites, the news agency TASS reports. ISS JSC already works on the functionality and composition of an upcoming Moon navigation system, which would include at least 24 spacecraft and which …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

by Joshua Carlson It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA captures the …

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NASA conducts SLS booster test for future Artemis missions

As NASA begins assembling the boosters for the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will power the first Artemis mission to the Moon, teams in Utah are evaluating materials and processes to improve rocket boosters for use on missions after Artemis III. NASA completed a full-scale booster test for NASA’s Space …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jean-Jacques Dordain on European Space Innovation

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Former Director General of the European Space Agency talked about space innovation in Europe. Jean-Jacques Dordain is to date the longest serving Director General at ESA . Jean-Jacques Dordain has a great experience in the functioning of Europe’s space sector and is now working …

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