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GLEX 2021

Space Exploration

NASA to send Viper rover to Moon to drill for water in 2023

NASA is planning to send its robot rover Viper to the Moon in late 2023, the agency said, to search for ice and other resources on and below the lunar surface. The Viper data would help the agency map resources at the lunar South Pole that could one day be harvested for long-term human exploration at the Moon, NASA said. 

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Virgin Galactic succeeds human spaceflight from New Mexico

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic completed the first human spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico, the company said. The flight of VSS Unity which was released from the mothership VMS Eve with CJ Sturckow, as pilot-in-command, and Dave Mackay on board, sees New Mexico become the third US state to launch humans into space, the company said.

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Astroscale drives space debris program with further Sunrise funding

Astroscale drives its space debris removal technology with a partner funding by OneWeb under the European Sunrise program, Astroscale announced. The global satellite communications network OneWeb signed a €2.9 million funding award with Astroscale “to mature their technology and capability towards a commercial service offering by 2024”, Astroscale said.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Space Venture Europe 2020: Historic year for European New Space start-ups

The ESPI Space Venture Europe is an annual publication that provides a complete overview of the European New Space sector with a focus on private investments in European space start-ups. For 2020, the report provides key information on the evolution of Europe’s entrepreneurship environment and start-up dynamics as well as the impact of COVID-19.

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Firefly will launch lunar Blue Ghost on Falcon 9 in 2023

Firefly Aerospace, a Texas-based provider of launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, will launch its Blue Ghost lunar lander on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 in 2023, the company said. Blue Ghost will be carrying ten payloads for NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, together with other commercial payloads.

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ESA and industry study constellation to connect the Moon

Europe launches Moonlight, a bold proposal to put in place a commercially viable satellite constellation around the Moon. The European Space Agency (ESA) signed contracts with two consortia to develop a Moon constellation and provide telecommunications and navigation services for all kind of Moon missions.

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NASA congratulates China for first Mars rover photos

He did not welcome the uncontrolled return of China’s Long March launcher pieces for its Mars mission, but he congratulated China for the release of its first photos from the Zhurong Mars rover. “Congratulations to the China National Space Administration on receiving the first images from the Zhurong Mars rover,” the new NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said.

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Space Café WebTalk with Katherine Courtney Recap: Are we sleepwalking into the next catastrophe?

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening met with space strategist and former Chief Executive for the UK Space Agency, Katherine Courtney, to discuss space sustainability and her role as founder of education charity PrimarySpace.

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Europe pushes Moonlight, a lunar satellite constellation

“The first ever lunar communications & navigation service”: Europe pushes ahead with its plan to place communication and navigation satellites around the Moon. Under its Moonlight initiative, the European Space Agency (ESA) supports two consortia of European companies which embark on the design of telecommunications and navigation services for Moon missions.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 10 May – 16 May 2021

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 10 May - 16 May 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup!

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