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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: James Ellinthorpe Of Aerojet Rocketdyne

Aerojet Rocketdyne develops and manufactures advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, and other agencies and companies. During the 70th International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. in October 2019, SpaceWatch.Global’s Ksenia Synkova met with James Ellinthorpe, Business Development Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Hunting Gravitational Waves, An Interview With Professor Catia Grimani

Like all waves, gravitational ones transport energy, producing perturbations. We can visualize them by imagining a rope which we hold at one end and is tightly fixed on the other one; when we give a vertical impulse to it, we produce a perturbation — a “wave” — that propagates forward …

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Bahrain’s NSSA Issues Request For Tender For 3U CubeSat – MoU With Roscosmos Approved

Bahrain’s National Space Science Agency (NSSA) issued a Request for Tenders on 18 February 2020 for a 3U CubeSat, a basic ground station, and the satellite’s launch. The closing date for the submission of tenders is 25 March 2020. The requirement stated in the tender is to “devise comprehensive programs …

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UAE’s MBRSC To Host Fifth Annual Emirates Mars Mission Science Workshop

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) is hosting the fifth edition of the Annual Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) Science Workshop between 15-17 March 2020 across three cities in the UAE. Featuring talks and engaging workshops by scientists and leading experts from the UAE and around the world, the event …

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AAC Clyde Space Selected To Deliver Batteries For Intuitive Machines’ Lunar Lander Mission

Image courtesy Intuitive Machines

AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply batteries to the Nova-C lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. The agreement, announced on 27 February 2020, broadens the scope of its original order from power systems to also include batteries that will enable Intuitive Machines to optimize …

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Canadian Space Agency Releases Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program Opportunity

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has issued an industrial capacity-building contribution announcement of opportunity (AO) for the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), as reported by Space Q. This AO comes after the CSA asked for additional input in January for an upcoming “commercial lunar opportunity.” The objective of the AO …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Humanity’s Virtual Presence In Space In The Quantum Age

By John B. Sheldon The Power of Metaphor Since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 our presence in space has been described, defined, and politically and technologically driven by metaphors. The U.S.-Soviet space programmes in the Cold War weren’t just in competition, they were …

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SANSA And NASA Sign Deep Space Communications Study Agreement

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an agreement to partner in a study to conduct technical and environmental research on the potential to establish a ground station in South Africa. This station will support future near-Earth and deep space …

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