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Experts wary of space debris while SpaceX denies “close call” with OneWeb

Paris, 21 April 2021. – European space experts call for a better control of space debris and regulation of space traffic, the Financial Times (FT) reports. The launch of thousands of new satellites in ‘mega-constellations’ to improve global internet access will exacerbate the growing problem of space debris, the FT quoted experts from a conference of the European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday.

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Spire Global works with Findus to track space debris

Paris, 21 April 2021. – The Austrian new space investor Findus Venture works with the startup Spire Global to “tackle the growing problem of space debris”, the companies announced. They signed a second partnership agreement to launch the ADLER-2 satellite that aims to “further enhance orbital debris monitoring in low earth orbit, and expand novel atmospheric sensing capabilities".

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 12 April – 18 April 2021

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 12 April - 18 April 2021”.

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NASA’s Ingenuity flew 39 seconds and 3 meters above the Red Planet

Paris, 20 April 2021. – 39.1 historic seconds: NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity succeeded to become the first aircraft in history to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet. The Ingenuity team at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California confirmed the flight succeeded after receiving data from the helicopter via NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover last night.

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Biden names Pam Melroy deputy to new NASA chief Bill Nelson

Paris, 19 April 2021. – U.S. president Joe Biden names former NASA astronaut Pam Melroy to serve as the agency’s deputy administrator, alongside Bill Nelson who was named 14th NASA administrator in March. “Pam’s experience as an astronaut, space shuttle commander, and U.S. Air Force test pilot would bring to NASA a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing the agency,” acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk commented.

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NASA selects SpaceX’s Starship for $2.89 billion lunar landing

Paris, 19 April 2021. – It’s a big deal: NASA has selected SpaceX's Starship to land two American astronauts on the Moon. The firm-fixed price, milestone-based contract total award value is $2.89 billion, NASA said. The U.S. space agency picked SpaceX over Blue Origin to develop its first commercial human lander that will carry the next two American astronauts to the lunar surface as part of its Artemis program, NASA said.

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Blue Origin succeeds next New Shepard test flight

Paris, 16 April 2021. – Beautiful start, beautiful landing: Blue Origin successfully completed its 15th New Shepard mission, on its way now to fly astronauts and customers to the edge of space, the company owned by Jeff Bezos said. After its successful lift-off, the crew capsule with a dummy passenger reached an apogee of more than 100 kilometers, before returning, with parachutes, to its launch site in Texas.

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ispace to take Emirates ‘Rashid’ rover to the Moon

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc., under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world.

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Nigerian Space Agency appoints new Director General

Dr Halilu Shaba Ahmad got confirmed as the third Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, as Space in Africa reported. Prior to his appointment as the Director-General of NASRDA, Dr Ahmad served in various leadership capacities since joining the Space Agency Agency in 2009. Most recently, he served as the Director of Strategic Space Applications, in which capacity

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Yuri Gagarin’s boomerang: the tale of the first person to return from space, and his brief encounter with Aussie culture

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “‘Yuri Gagarin’s boomerang: the tale of the first person to return from space, and his brief encounter with Aussie culture”, originally published 11 April 2021 at The Conversation by Alice Gorman. Sixty years ago, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel in space when he completed his historic orbit of Earth on April 12, 1961.

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