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Virgin Galactic Achieves Spaceflight Success, With Help From UAE Investment

Virgin Galactic, the private spaceflight company founded by Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson achieved success on 13 December 2018 after its SpaceShipTwo Unity (VSS Unity) reached suborbital space for the first time over the Mojave Desert in California, United States. VSS Unity reached an altitude of 82.7 kilometres near …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi Of The UAE Space Agency

Clear Objectives for a New Space Pioneer The UAE Space Agency has set out its stall right from the very beginning. It is highly ambitious, and since its establishment just four years ago, it has come an incredibly long way. It has overseen the initiation the Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) …

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Australia’s CSIRO To Build CSIROSat-1 To Detect Invisible Infrared Light

Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), has announced that it would be extending its Earth observation capabilities by acquiring Australia’s first CubeSat designed to detect invisible infrared light. To be known as CSIROSat-1, the new satellite will allow researchers from CSIRO and other institutions …

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India And Japan To Hold First Space Dialogue In March 2019

India and Japan have scheduled their first annual bilateral space dialogue in March 2019, where they will discuss cooperation and coordination on a range of civil and national security space issues,  ranging from space-based maritime domain awareness and satellite reconnaissance through to the harmonization of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) …

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Russia’s Space Crisis: Roscosmos “Spends Billions On Space But Kopecks” On Engineering Talent

The Russian state space corporation Roscosmos has been accused by a Russian journalist of spending “billions on space but kopecks” on the engineering talent required for the sustainable and long-term success of Russia’s space ambitions. Vladimir Koryagin, an investigative journalist for Lenta, wrote a report titled “A Flight to Nowhere: …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Why We Should Continue To Invest In Space Exploration

By James Yenbamroong Mankind has always been defined by our collective curiosity. We constantly push for greater things, expanding our knowledge and influence over the world around us. Some achieved things that were previously thought impossible. The Wright brothers flew the first fixed-winged aircraft, Yuri Gagarin was the first man …

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Russia’s Roscosmos Fires Back At Barrage Of Criticism And Whiff Of Scandal

Following a string of high-profile incidents, failures, and corruption scandals and allegations, Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, has hit back at its Russian and international critics in a bizarre claim that criticism of the struggling space programme is an “information attack” designed to discredit Roscosmos and its efforts at reforming …

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China’s New Space Race: U.S. Space Official Concerned China Is Skewing Commercial Space Competition

A senior U.S. space official has told SpaceWatch.Global of the Trump administration’s concern that Chinese commercial and trade practices are distorting the international commercial space market, and that the U.S. does not envision any form of space cooperation with China as a result. In a wide-ranging interview with SpaceWatch.Global, Dr. …

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Firefly Aerospace Selected By NASA To Provide Launch For Commercial Lunar Payloads

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. (Firefly), a provider of economical, and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft and in-space services, have announced that they have been selected by NASA for the award of a Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. The principal purpose of NASA’s CLPS program is to acquire end-to-end commercial payload services …

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