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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The Artemis Accords and Lunar Exploration – Revolution and Evolution

by Professor Christopher J. Newman, Northumbria University, UK The international community has struggled for a number of years with the issue of how to govern a human settlement on the Moon and deal with the management of any resources. Previous attempts have been through painstakingly negotiated international treaties. The Outer …

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NASA’s Osiris Rex touches asteroid Bennu to collect dust

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – NASA’s Osiris-Rex probe unfurled its robotic arm last night and successfully touched an asteroid to collect dust and pebbles from its surface, the U.S. space agency said. The asteroid Bennu is currently more than 200 million miles from Earth and offers scientists a window into …

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NASA supports Nokia to deploy cellular network on the Moon

Luxembourg, 21 October 2020. – Nokia is to deploy the first cellular network on the Moon, the Finnish company said. The company was selected by NASA in its recently announced Tipping Point technology program to deploy the first LTE/4G communications system in space, helping pave the way towards sustainable human presence …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: “International and cooperative” – Review of the 71th International Astronautical Congress by Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund

2020 changed everything, also the International Astronautical Congress. Instead of meeting the global space community in person in Dubai this year, we met in CyberSpace during the first edition of the International Astronautical Congress earlier last week from 12-14 Oct 2020. SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk …

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NATO plans new space center at Ramstein base in Germany

Luxembourg, 19 October 2020. – NATO plans to build a new space center at its air force station in Ramstein, Germany, the newswire DPA and Deutsche Welle reported. The new space base would join with the NATO air force high command in Ramstein, in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, and would …

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German DLR extends research cooperation with Australian Southern Launch

Luxembourg, 19 October 2020. – The German space agency DLR cooperates with the Australian launch company Southern Launch in space launch research, the agency said. The agreement aims to implement joint civilian research activities in the field of suborbital and orbital space launch, especially in the field of reusable launch …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang China Aerospace News Roundup 12-18 Oct 2020

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville 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 Weekly Aerospace News Roundup, 12-18 Oct”. Welcome to the Dongfang Hour Weekly China Aerospace News …

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Astroscale’s Okada elected VP of International Astronautical Federation

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – Astroscale’s founder and CEO Nobu Okada was elected Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Okada intends to contribute to the IAF as a representative of Japan and the Asian region, as an advocate for orbital sustainability and a voice for the emerging new …

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NASA awards “Tipping point” funds for Moon and Mars technologies

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – NASA supports U.S. space tech companies with more than $370 million to spur the development of cutting-edge Moon and Mars mission technologies. NASA selected 14 American companies, including several small businesses, as partners to develop a range of technologies that will help forge a path …

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Telesat to develop two LEO buses for U.S. DARPA’s Blackjack

Luxembourg, 18 October 2020. – Telesat wins another Blackjack: the Canadian satellite company will develop two Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft buses for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Ottawa-based company said. Telesat U.S. Services has been awarded a DARPA contract to develop and demonstrate in-orbit commercial …

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