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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: NASA’s R. Marshall Smith On The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is set to be a staging post in space – a science lab, communications hub, and holding area for robots and rovers and a jumping off point for future deep space transportation. The Gateway will be pivotal for the expansion of humanity’s presence on the Moon, Mars, …

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International Moon Pitch Competition nears deadline

At UNISPACE50+, held earlier this year to celebrate 50 years of space, a new competition was launched by NewSpace 2060 in collaboration with the Moon Village Association (MVA) to encourage everyone to engage with the vision of a NewSpace economy by 2060. The competition encourages interested parties from entrepreneurs and …

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Thai Space Entrepreneur James Yenbamroong To Launch $100 Million SE Asia New Space Fund

Thai Space entrepreneur James Yenbamroong, founder and CEO of Thai New Space company mu Space, announced on 9 October 2018 a plan to establish a venture unit in 2019 in a move to go international and to create opportunities other than satellite communications. Yenbamroong said that the planned venture unit …

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India And Russia Sign MoU On Human Spaceflight Training And Cooperation

A “Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Federal Space Agency of Russia, Roscosmos, on Joint Activities in the field of Human Spaceflight Programme,” was signed between India and Russia on 5 October 2018. The MoU was signed by Dmitriy Rogozin, Director of Roscosmos, and …

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69th IAC 2018 in Bremen celebrates record-breaking levels of attendance

The International Astronautical Congress held in Bremen, Germany last week welcomed a record 6,500 delegates and 83 registered countries, reaffirming a global love affair with space. In addition, more than 10.000 participants attended the public day on Wednesday 3 October to tune-in live to the International Space Station (ISS) for …

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UAE’s MBRSC And European Space Agency Sign Astronaut Training Agreement

The UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with the European Space Agency (ESA) to define frameworks for potential cooperation in space science and technology and capacity building for human spaceflight activities. This took place on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) …

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France’s CNES Opens Representative Office in Abu Dhabi

The French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), has opened a liaison and representative office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, marking deeper and strategic relations in space matters between the French agency and the UAE Space Agency. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the representative office, …

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Saudi Arabia’s KACST Completes SaudiSat-5A And -5B Earth Observation Satellites

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) has developed and manufactured SaudiSat-5A and SaudiSat-5B, two high-resolution Earth observation satellites to be launched later this year from China. SaudiSat-5A and -5B are the second generation of Saudi-made Earth observation satellites, replacing SaudiSat-2 (launched in 2004) and SaudiSat-3 (launched …

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Australia’s CSIRO Releases ‘Lunar Challenge’ Space Exploration Roadmap

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has released its space exploration roadmap that sets out a path for Australian space industry and research organizations to more fully support and participate in international space science and exploration initiatives, particularly international efforts to reestablish a human presence on the Moon. …

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Israel And NASA Sign SpaceIL Commercial Lunar Cooperation Agreement At IAC Bremen

NASA has signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency (ISA) to cooperatively utilize the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL’s commercial lunar mission, expected to land on the Moon in 2019. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen, Germany. NASA will contribute a laser …

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