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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Taking Europe to the Moon and Sparking a Lunar Economy

By Mari Eldholm, Governmental Affairs Manager at PTScientists GmbH Europe has never landed on the Moon. PTScientists is preparing to change that by sending the first European lunar lander to the Apollo 17 site. But, perhaps equally important – PTScientists want to prove that Europe can be a fertile ground …

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Astrobotic Awarded $79.5 Million Contract to Deliver 14 NASA Payloads to the Moon

Astrobotic has been selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon on its Peregrine lunar lander in July 2021. With this $79.5 million CLPS award, Astrobotic has now secured 28 payloads for lunar delivery as part of its first mission. Fifty years …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Cultivating European Lunar Leadership – The Time Is Now!

By Lynn Zoenen, Global Affairs Manager at ispace Europe The Moon Momentum The first half of 2019 has already proven to be a worthy time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon. With China’s Chang’e-4 mission to the far side of the Moon in January …

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Israel Space Agency And Space Florida Sign Space Cooperation MoU

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis participated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing between Space Florida and the Israel Space Agency on 27 May 2019. The Governor, Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello, and Mr. Avi Blasberger, Director General of The Israel Space Agency, were all on hand for the …

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First EU-ESA Space Council In Eight Years Held, Discusses Space As Enabler

The Centre national d’études spatiales’s (CNES) President and ESA Council Chair, Jean-Yves Le Gall, attended the 9th Space Council between ESA and the European Union (EU) on 28 May 2019. It was a day of very high-level discussions on potential key areas of contribution for European space policy and Europe’s …

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UNOOSA And Asteroid Foundation Sign MoU To Enhance NEO Awareness

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asteroid Foundation, Luxembourg that will enable both bodies to work together to enhance understanding and deliver educational activities on asteroids. The collaboration also aims to raise awareness of International Asteroid Day, celebrated …

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GomSpace Tapped By ESA To Design Nano-Spacecraft For Asteroid Rendezvous Mission

GomSpace’s subsidiary in Luxembourg and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a contract of 400,000 Euros for the Phase A design of the Miniaturised Asteroid Remote Geophysical Observer (M-ARGO) mission. Under the contract GomSpace will be in charge of preliminary design of the mission, spacecraft and implementation planning. A …

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#SpaceWatchGL interviews: John Thornton of Astrobotic

We know that there is a future beyond our planet, and today there are private companies that are striving towards making humanity’s journey to the Moon and beyond as sustainable as possible. One of these companies is Astrobotic. The Pittsburgh-based company is developing two lunar landers that will eventually fly …

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Third France-South Korea Space Forum Takes Place In Seoul

The President of the French national space agency (Centre national d’études spatiales – CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, and Lim Cheol-Ho, President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), in the presence of Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance, and Fabien Penone, France’s Ambassador …

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UAE’s MBRSC To Host 2019 Young Professionals In Space Conference In Dubai

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, MBRSC, has announced that registration for the 4th Young Professionals in Space Conference, YPS 2019, has opened. YPS is an initiative launched by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE, to bring scientists, practitioners, engineers and leaders of the space industry and agencies …

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