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CNES CEO Baptiste pushes for French agency’s reorganization

The CEO of the French space agency CNES, Philippe Baptiste, is pushing ahead with the reorganization of the agency, the French newspaper La Tribune reports. The reorganization of CNES entered a new phase with discussions between the unions and management, the paper reports. Baptiste has chosen to push CNES towards a matrix organization

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 25 – 31 October 2021

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 Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 25-31 October 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! A special shout-out to our friends at SpaceWatch.Global,

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Over 6,500 attend IAC 2021 in Dubai

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021), organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), held in the Middle East for the first time and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) ended on Friday. Over 6,500 delegates from more than 110 countries attended the “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Mankind” themed event.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: China’s Space Goals and Capacity

China under President Xi Jinping is aimed at establishing global leadership across domains, be it land, sea, air, cyber, and space. This grand strategic approach can be discerned from its prioritization of technologies that upgrade its civilian and military capacities across domains, through its ‘new infrastructures’ list.

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Plus Ultra and RFA to launch cislunar constellation

Plus Ultra Space Outpost (Plus Ultra) and Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) have signed an agreement to launch a demonstrator mission to the Moon, RFA announced. RFA will launch Plus Ultra’s first satellite in 2023 on an RFA ONE launch vehicle. The vehicle uses industrial automation and staged-combustion propulsion, according to the company.

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Space Café WebTalk with Remco Timmermans: Dubai in Space Fever

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening caught up with space Social Media Specialist Remco Timmermans, live from the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) exhibition floor in Dubai. Remco is an experienced space business professional,

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Euro2Moon launches to explore natural lunar resources

Airbus Defense & Space, Air Liquide and ispace Europe have announced the joint creation of the Euro2Moon non-profit platform focusing on topics related to the exploration of the lunar surface. Euro2Moon will bring in public and private expertise targeting the utilisation of lunar resources in a commercial and sustainable way.

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Space Café Radio: On Tour On Mars (4) – Dr. Gernot Groemer, OeWF

In this Space Café Radio – on tour on Mars (4), SpaceWatch.Global contributing editor Emma Gatti spoke in this third episode of our AMADEE-20 coverage with Dr. Gernot Groemer, Director at Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) and Mission Director. Together, they talked about AMADEE-20, the future of Mars exploration, space geopolitics and a precious lesson learned from Le Petit Prince.

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Promus Ventures closes €120 million space fund

Promus Ventures has closed a €120 million space fund named Orbital Ventures, Promus announced. The Luxembourg-based fund focuses on early-stage, space-related companies. The European Investment Fund contributed €40 million, while other investors include the Luxembourg Government through the Ministry of Economy and the National Credit and Investment Institution.

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