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Airbus develops Moon Cruiser for ESA for 2027

Paris, 29 January 2021. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked Airbus to develop the concept for a Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle (CLTV) – the so-called Moon Cruiser – for complex transport and transfer tasks during lunar missions. The Moon Cruiser is a versatile, autonomous logistics vehicle that is designed …

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UNOOSA and Keldysh Institute announce opportunity for developing countries to receive telescopes and training

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (KIAM RAS) announced an opportunity within the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) for selected academic and research institutions in developing countries to receive small telescopes and training on …

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ASIA-PACIFIC SPACE CONFERENCE TO BE HOSTED FROM ADELAIDE 5 – 6 February 2021

International Space University’s virtual space forum celebrates international and interdisciplinary space activities across the Asia Pacific. For ten years, Adelaide has been the home of the International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SHSSP). In partnership between the University of South Australia (UniSA) and the International Space University (ISU), …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Peter Martinez on the Future of Humanity in Space

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, USA talked about potential scenarios for the future of humanity in space. Growth and Sustainability in Space – ensuring the long-term usability of Earth’s orbits and beyond: There are more human activities taking place in …

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Jurczyk to lead NASA until Biden appoints Bridenstine successor

Luxembourg, 26 January 2021. – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed Steve Jurczyk to serve as acting administrator of NASA, media reports said. Jurczyk was associate administrator of the U.S. space agency since 2018 and worked at NASA since 1988. He will take the lead of NASA until the …

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Norwegian NorSat-TD demonstrates European technologies

Luxembourg, 26 January 2021. – The Netherlands cooperates with Norway to test Dutch space technology on Norway’s new national satellite NorSat Technology Demonstrator (NorSat-TD), the Norwegian Space Agency said. NorSat-TD will test technologies in orbit for Norwegian companies, state actors and international partners, it said. The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Biden-Harris Space Policy: Building on the Space Force and Artemis

by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen The Trump-Pence administration was very busy in space. In 2017, they reconstituted the National Space Council (NSC) to coordinate political, civilian, and military policies and efforts in space. With high-profile Presidential support, Congress established a new branch of the United States (US) military within the US …

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Ramon 2021 SpaceTech Conference will start as of Monday, January 25th 2021

We are proud and excited to invite you to the Ramon 2021 SpaceTech Conference! Join the conference on Monday, January 25th to explore your new business opportunities in space! Ramon SpaceTech 2021 is continuing in the footsteps of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut, to empower the emerging space industry …

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ESA and Airbus to place two science missions on ISS

Luxembourg, 22 January 2021. – The European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus want to place two scientific payloads on the Bartolomeo platform of the International Space Station (ISS) in 2022 and 2024, ESA said. One mission is the Exobiology Platform (EXPO) which will serve for a set of radiation experiments …

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ThrustMe pioneers with iodine propulsion in space

Paris, 21 January 2021. – The French space start-up ThrustMe has successfully tested the first iodine electric propulsion on a Chinese satellite in space, the company announced. ThrustMe said it tested the first iodine-fueled electric propulsion system aboard the Spacety Beihangkongshi-1 satellite. On 28 December 2020, the first iodine electric …

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