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MDA Selected to Build Robotic Interfaces for Canadarm3 on NASA-led Gateway

MDA has been awarded two contracts from the Canadian Space Agency for work on Phase A of the Gateway External Robotic Interfaces project. The Gateway External Robotic Interfaces will act as critical touch points for the eXploration Large Arm (XLA) and the eXploration Dexterous Arm (XDA), the major robotic manipulator …

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Astrobotic Selects United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch its First Mission to the Moon

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021. “We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This contract with ULA was the result of a highly …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2”, originally published 22 July 2019. On the day of India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Marco Aliberti of ESPI

Have you ever thought about the weather patterns that occur in space? Space Weather is something that is often overlooked but the weather events that happen in space can have a great effect on our space infrastructure such as satellites and the services they provide here on Earth. Along with …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Executive Summary – Commercial Space Exploration

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 Executive Brief “Commercial Space Exploration”, originally published in July 2019. Please read here an excerpt: Toward a Paradigm Shift? Despite multiple attempts to foster …

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NanoRacks Delivers UAE Science Experiments To ISS For Upcoming Emirati Astronaut Mission

ISS, courtesy NASA

The 18th cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station from SpaceX delivered a historic mission for NanoRacks. NanoRacks, the leading provider of commercial access to low-Earth orbit, transported the materials for the science experiments that will be conducted by the first Emirati astronaut upon his arrival to the International …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The US Capital Celebrates a Moon Landing

By Michelle Hanlon, Associate Director of the Air and Space Law Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law, Co-Founder of For All Moonkind. It was a spectacle, perhaps one of the greatest ever to be hosted on the National Mall.  Projecting the pictorial narrative of what many, including …

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Cheops Passes Final Review Before Shipment to Launch Site

The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, has successfully passed the final analysis review for its launch on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. All technical evaluations performed by Arianespace on the mission’s key aspects, including the launch trajectory and payload separation, have shown positive results. “We are …

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ispace Selected by European Space Agency to Support Lunar Mission


ispace Europe has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a programme which seeks to extract water on the Moon. PROSPECT — which stands for Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation — is a payload package being developed by ESA …

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