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NASA selects 17 U.S. companies for Moon technologies

Paris, 10 November 2020. – NASA selected 17 companies to further develop Moon technologies, the U.S. space agency announced. NASA selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to mature industry-developed space technologies for the Moon and beyond through the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s 2020 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity, the agency said. …

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Space not amongst Biden-Harris priorities for the U.S.

Paris, 10 November 2020. – Space is not amongst the priorities that U.S. President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris have announced so far, according to the “Biden-Harris Transition” website buildbackbetter.com. The four priorities mentioned by Biden and Harris are: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change. “The Biden-Harris …

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NASA chief Bridenstine to leave under Biden administration

Paris, 9 November 2020. – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine expects to leave the agency under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden, Aerospace Daily and Aviation Week reported. “Even if asked, he would pass on staying on as head of the U.S. space agency,” Aerospace Daily wrote. “You need somebody …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: One Size to Fit Them All: Interoperability, the Artemis Accords and the Future of Space Exploration

by Antonino Salmeri On October 13th 2020, at the occasion of the 71st International Astronautical Congress, a coalition of 8 Countries including Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America presented a multilateral document called “The Artemis Accords”.[1] Legally, the …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in October 2020

by Raphael Roettgen Despite the absence of any triple-digit million rounds, we still saw over $100 million of financing activity in the space sector in October 2020. This sum is excluding public sector awards, principally the roughly $370 million to 14 companies that were announced under NASA’s Tipping Point program. …

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ESA gives first Boost to three German space start-ups

Paris, 3 November 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed up to support three German space start-ups through its Boost program, ESA said. The three first Boost support contracts have been signed with HyImpulse Technologies, Isar Aerospace Technologies, and Rocket Factory Augsburg, all Southern German start-up launchers. The Boost …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Kai-Uwe Schrogl: “We must not overrate the Artemis Accords”

After the signature of eight countries to the Artemis Accords, the position of the European Space Agency ESA was discussed a lot.  SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer used the opportunity to talk with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl is Vice Chair of the European Coordination Committee for the ISS Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA-CC) …

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European States enter Artemis negotiations with the U.S.

Paris, 2 November 2020. – Amidst international criticism of the U.S. Artemis Accords for Moon and Mars exploration, the European Union (EU) and the member states of the European Space Agency (ESA) are entering into discussions with the U.S. about the legal aspects of cooperation in space exploration, Kai-Uwe Schrogl, …

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Pentagon establishes Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy

Paris, 2 November 2020. – The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) established a new Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, the Pentagon announced. The new Secretary “will be the senior official responsible for the overall supervision of DoD policy for space warfighting”, “under the authority, direction, and control of …

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