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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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ESA boosts Rocket Factory Augsburg’s launch vehicle

Paris, 2 November 2020. – A boost from ESA: The German launch service provider Rocket Factory Augsburg (RFA) receives support from the European Space Agency (ESA) to further develop its launch vehicle, the company announced. RFA is the first company to sign a contract for Boost, ESA’s Commercial Space Transportation …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville 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 China Aerospace News Roundup 26 Oct – 1 Nov 2020”. A small note on the timing …

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NorthStar to be first to monitor space traffic from space

Luxembourg, 28 October 2020. – NorthStar Earth & Space contracted Thales Alenia Space to build the first three satellites of its Skylark constellation for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services, the Canadian company announced. NorthStar claims to be “the first commercial service to monitor space, from space”, via a constellation of …

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ESA participates in NASA’s Artemis and lunar Gateway

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement with NASA to contribute to the first human outpost in lunar orbit, known as Gateway, ESA announced. ESA commits to delivering at least two European Service Modules that provide electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen to NASA’s Orion …

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Airbus ROXY reactor to turn lunar dust into oxygen

Luxembourg, 27 October 2020. – Airbus Defence and Space presented a technology to produce oxygen from lunar dust, the company announced. The breakthrough process and reactor invented by Airbus and named ROXY (Regolith to OXYgen and Metals Conversion) could revolutionize human space exploration and contribute to UN sustainability goals on Earth, …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Mari Eldholm” On 17 November 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Mari Eldholm, the Director of NIFRO, Oslo, Norway. This event will take place on 17 November 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. Norway may not be as famous for its space efforts as its oil and gas sector, but that might be about to …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 014 Featuring Dr. James Schwartz Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 14th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Dr. James Schwartz – we need to rethink everything  Episode 014 features special guest Dr. James Schwartz   Admittedly, Elons rocket launches and landings are fascinating.  They have a magical attraction. The same applies, …

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