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#SpaceWatchGL interviews: John Thornton of Astrobotic

We know that there is a future beyond our planet, and today there are private companies that are striving towards making humanity’s journey to the Moon and beyond as sustainable as possible. One of these companies is Astrobotic. The Pittsburgh-based company is developing two lunar landers that will eventually fly …

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Third France-South Korea Space Forum Takes Place In Seoul

The President of the French national space agency (Centre national d’études spatiales – CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, and Lim Cheol-Ho, President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), in the presence of Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance, and Fabien Penone, France’s Ambassador …

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UAE’s MBRSC To Host 2019 Young Professionals In Space Conference In Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has announced that registration for the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference, YPS 2019, has opened. YPS is an initiative launched by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, to bring scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders of the space industry and agencies …

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Greek Space Agency Signs Space Cooperation MoU With Airbus

Airbus and the Hellenic Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering future space cooperation. The MOU will focus on Earth observation, space exploration and future growth opportunities including software research and space policy. Established in 2018, the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) is Greece’s national body responsible for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Britain’s Vital Strategic Interests In Space

By Dr. John B. Sheldon There are thousands of dedicated space professionals in the UK, who, between them, have established a world-class reputation in space science, commercial space and engineering, and in certain national security space operations. This group of remarkable men and women have until recently, with a few …

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ESPI Brief 27: Space Policy Directive 2: ITAR, an instrument of U.S. dominance

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 27: ‘Space Policy Directive 2: ITAR, an instrument of U.S. dominance’, originally published in December 2018. 1. The International Traffic in Arms …

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UAE’s MBRSC Hosts STEM Education ‘Science In Space’ Workshop For Emirati Students

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has organised a ‘Science in Space’ workshop, where students had the opportunity to conduct experiments that an astronaut would implement aboard the International Space Station, ISS. The workshop was part of the Science in Space competition, conducted in coordination with NanoRacks LLC, and …

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France’s CNES Showcases Space Cooperation Strategy To French Space Industry

Jean-Yves Le Gall, President of the French national space agency – the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), opened the International Affairs Seminar at the agency’s head office in Paris on 13 May 2019. This event, aimed principally at the French space industry, is designed to present a panorama of space …

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Scottish New Space: University Of Glasgow Opens Space Research Laboratory

The University of Glasgow’s stellar ambitions were given a boost on 8 May 2019 with the opening of the School of Engineering’s space research lab. Ivan McKee MSP, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, officially opened the Integrated Space and Exploration Technology Laboratory during a visit to …

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GomSpace And ESA Sign Deal For Deep Space Small Satellite Subsystems

GomSpace and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a contract to adapt and improve smallsat systems and subsystems for science missions in deep space. The contract value is €3,900,000 (U.S.$4,380,675) over 18 months. (€3,300,000 [U.S.$3,706,725] for GomSpace Denmark and €600,000 [U.S.$673,950] for GomSpace Sweden). The contract is carried out …

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