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France To Support Indian Human Spaceflight And Space Station Ambitions

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was the guest of honour at the international Human Spaceflight Symposium organized in Bangalore, India, on 24 January 2020 by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI). On this …

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Scotland’s AAC Clyde Space Wins $575,000 U.S. Lunar Lander Power System Contract

AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply the power system to the lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. An engineering model and flight models will be delivered to support launch in 2021. The total order value is approximately 5.4 million Swedish Krona (U.S.$575, 000). “We …

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ESA And Airbus Sign International Space Station Bartolomeo Platform Contract

The Bartolomeo platform from Airbus gives new opportunities for research on the International Space Station (ISS). The European Space Agency (ESA) has now firmly booked a payload slot for a Norwegian instrument to monitor plasma density in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Bartolomeo platform – named after Christopher Columbus’ younger brother …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 36 – European RTD Policy, Competitiveness and Space

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. 36: ‘European RTD Policy, Competitiveness and Space’, originally published in November 2019. 1. A successful European RTD framework … Research and technological development …

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France’s CNES Bolsters Cooperation With U.S. In New Year Washington Visit

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Washington, DC, on 17 January 2020 at the invitation of His Excellency Philippe Etienne, France’s Ambassador to the United States, to extend CNES’s New Year wishes to the U.S. space community. He took advantage of his visit to meet …

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UAE’s MBRSC Extends Deadline For Second Astronaut Search To 31 March 2020

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Given the very large turnout for registration to the second batch seeking to join the UAE Astronaut Programme, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has extended the deadline for application submissions until 31 March 2020, aimed at providing Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions …

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China Prepares For Banner Year In Space

China is looking forward to 2020 being a banner year for its ambitious space programme, according to a Chinese government report released on 17 January 2020. China expects to break its own satellite launch record by lofting over 60 satellites into various Earth orbits on more than 40 launches from …

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New Management Takes Over Germany’s PTS GmbH After Restructuring

After a successful restructuring phase the management team of Planetary Transportation Systems (PTS) now takes full responsibility for the company. The PTS executives take over the Berlin New Space company with immediate effect as part of a management buyout from the Zeitfracht Group. Zeitfracht Group saved PTS from bankruptcy in …

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France’s CNES Signs Space Cooperation Agreement With Chinese Academy of Sciences

As part of the official visit to China of Frédérique Vidal, the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Bai Chunli, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), signed a framework agreement on space cooperation on 13 January 2020. …

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CNES’s Jean-Yves Le Gall Looks Ahead At French Space Programme For 2020

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall presented his New Year wishes to the press at the agency’s Head Office in Paris Les Halles on 7 January 2020. He hailed the unstinting efforts of journalists covering space and working to raise its profile and bring the sector’s everyday …

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