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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Attends Installation Of Final Component Of Hope Probe For Emirates Mars Mission

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the Hope Probe mission, also called the Emirates Mars Mission, is a testament to the capabilities of the youth of the UAE. “The project, which represents a historic achievement for the …

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France And Russia Hold Space Cooperation Talks In Moscow

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos, met for a status check on the development of the two nations’ cooperation in space. The meeting was hosted by the French ambassador to Russia, Pierre Levy, at the …

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Intuitive Machines Unveils 2021 Moon Landing Navigation Approach

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Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Lander will capture raw optical images of the lunar surface and convert them into Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) measurements to land within 200 meters of its intended landing site. Intuitive Machines navigators led by Co-Founder, Dr. Tim Crain, attended the American Astronautical Society’s Annual Guidance, Navigation and …

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Rocket Lab Selected By NASA To Launch Pathfinder Mission To The Moon

Rocket Lab has been selected by NASA as the launch provider for a small satellite mission to the same lunar orbit targeted for Gateway – an orbiting outpost astronauts will visit before descending to the surface of the Moon in a landing system as part of NASA’s Artemis program. The …

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Indian Astronaut Candidates Start Training In Russia

The Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) has started the planned training programme of Indian astronaut candidates under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). After a thorough selection process, the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Exclusive Op-Ed: The Right Elements For A Thriving UAE Space Sector

By His Excellency Dr. Eng. Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi  Along the sidelines of local and international events, my colleagues and I at the UAE Space Agency meet with a myriad of official delegations and representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation and the state of the global space sector. Our discussions …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Matthias Wachter Of The Federation Of German Industries (BDI)

Germany is taking huge steps to foster a national New Space industry. The Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI – Federation of German Industries) and its Head of Security and Raw Materials, Matthias Wachter, are at the forefront of that process. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening talked with Matthias Wachter about Germany’s role …

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Japan Eyes Space Cooperation With Malaysia As Balance To Chinese Influence In SE Asia

Japan is eyeing expanded space cooperation with Malaysia in a bid to deepen diplomatic and economic ties with the Southeast Asian country, and as part of an effort to balance against China’s powerful influence through such programmes as its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the region. Yoshikazu Shoji, director …

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Astrobotic Applauds Lunar Leadership In NASA’s FY2021 Budget Request

Astrobotic Technology Inc. has commended the president’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for NASA, which grows funding for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program within the Lunar Discovery and Exploration Program (LDEP). Through CLPS, NASA and its commercial partners like Astrobotic are re-establishing American presence on the lunar surface …

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