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Arianespace Tapped To Launch Euclid Dark Energy Exploration Satellite For ESA

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) have announced the signature of a launch services contract for the Euclid satellite – with the mission’s timeframe for liftoff starting in mid-2022 from the Guiana Space Centre, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America. The Euclid mission will be compatible with Ariane …

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UAE Leaders Autograph Mars Hope Probe Prior To July 2020 Launch

Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said that that UAE, under the leadership of President H.H. Sheikh …

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Indonesia In Talks With Russia To Launch First Astronaut

Indonesia is understood to be in talks with Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, about the possibility of Russia training and launching the Southeast Asian country’s first astronaut. This makes Indonesia the latest country to be in talks with Russia about its human spaceflight ambitions, with Turkey, Hungary, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, …

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UAE’s Sharjah Hosts Emirati-Japanese Workshop On Space Exploration

The Sharjah Academy for Astronomy, Space Sciences and Technology at Sharjah University hosted a joint Emirati-Japanese workshop on planetary exploration, in cooperation with the UAE Space Agency, the Chiba Institute of Technology and CITJAMSS. The workshop aimed to introduce the UAE’s key developments and achievements in the global space sector …

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Macao Contributes To Chinese Space Exploration With Satellite And Research Centre

Macao’s first space exploration satellite was named Macao Science 1, the special administrative region (SAR)’s Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Tam Chon Weng announced Sunday at an opening ceremony of an aerospace exhibition. During the opening ceremony, vice administrator of China National Space Administration (CNSA) Wu Yanhua also announced …

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Egypt Opens Astronaut Selection Competition In Middle East Human Spaceflight Rush

The head of the Egyptian Space Agency, Mohammed el-Qousy, announced on 25 December 2019 that the agency will launch a nationwide, six-year long competition to select Egypt’s first astronaut. Addressing a delegation of the Education and Scientific Research Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, el-Qousy said that the selection …

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UAE’s MBRSC Showcases Research At 2019 American Geophysical Union Meet

A team of engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), along with university students who are part of a space science research programme affiliated with the centre, participated in the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2019. The meeting is the largest annual international gathering related to …

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Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye Reportedly Looking To Build Four Types Of Mayak Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle

Ukrainian and Russian press are reporting that Ukrainian aerospace giant and design office Yuzhnoye is planning to build four variants of its Mayak heavy lift space launch vehicle, subject to Western investment. The four variants are the Mayak SH-3, capable of lofting 59 tonne payloads to low-Earth orbit (LEO); Mayak …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Ksenia Synkova

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Ksenia Synkova of SpaceWatch.Global. by Ksenia Synkova As we reflect on 2019 and look forward to a New Year, I would like to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Goodbye 2019 – Hello To The Most Exciting Decade In The Space Industry Since The 1960´s! – by Ole Dokka

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Ole Dokka of Spaceport Norway. by Ole Dokka NORWAY – THE OIL AND CO2 EXPORTER I live in a country with a small …

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