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The Space Cafe Podcast #039: Andrew Williams and an idea for tackling the constellation issue

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 39th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Andrew Williams and an idea for tackling the constellation issue. Episode 039 features a special guest Andrew Williams. Andy Williams may have an interesting idea about how to deal with the growing issue of satellite constellations.

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Airbus Ventures invests in ispace’s lunar landers

The lunar lander startup ispace receives a Series C injection from Airbus Ventures, the company said, bringing the total amount raised to approximately $200 million. The funds from ispace’s Series C investment round are going to its second lunar mission, which is planned to launch in 2023, as well as to support the development of its Series 2 lunar lander for its third mission,

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Blue Origin to build Orbital Reef “business park”

Blue Origin and Sierra Space announced the plan to build a commercially developed, owned and operated LEO space station, called Orbital Reef, by 2030. The project is encouraged by Boeing, Genesis Engineering Solutions, Redwire Space, and Arizona State University. The destination will offer research, industrial, and commercial customers cost competitive services, Blue Origin said.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 18 – 24 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 18-24 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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South Korea’s first homegrown rocket fails to deploy payload

South Korea’s first domestically built rocket reached its designated altitude but the dummy payload it was carrying could not be deployed into orbit, Naro Space Center said. The third-stage engine shut down 46 seconds early and therefore could not release the 1500-kg payload at orbital speed. Nuri lifted off an hour later than planned as the 47.2-m rocket’s valves had to be examined.

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Ariane 5 breaks world record for GTO mass injection

Arianespace has launched another Ariane 5 from ArianeGroup with two giant satellites on board and broke the record of the largest total mass injected with a single flight into the geostationary transfer orbit. For its 111th launch, flight number VA255 from Kourou, French Guiana, Ariane 5 executed the “highest performing flight by any launcher to geostationary transfer orbit”.

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Space Café Radio: On Tour On Mars (3) – Alon Shikar

In this Space Café Radio – on tour on Mars (3), SpaceWatch.Global contributing editor Emma Gatti spoke in this third episode of our AMADEE-20 coverage with Alon Shikar, Vice President Research & Development at D-Mars. They talked about the new home on Mars, the evolution of the habitat and upcoming challenges.

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Space Café Radio: On Tour On Mars (2) – Alexandra de Carvalho and Annabelle Mielitz

In this Space Café Radio – on tour on Mars (2), Emma Gatti spoke in this second episode of our AMADEE-20 coverage with Alexandra de Carvalho and Annabelle Mielitz, members of OeWF (Austrian Space Forum) and members of the Human Factor team. They discussed the wellbeing of the analogue astronauts and the important questions about alcohol, Netflix, EVA's and snoring on Mars.

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57 days until launch of James Webb telescope

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is currently undergoing final checks after a successful arrival at the ESA launch Facility in Kourou French Guiana. Its launch is still scheduled for 18th December 2021, on an Ariane 5 rocket. The operational preparations of the world’s largest and most complex space science observatory will take two months in total.

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