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Spaceflight Inc. and Benchmark Space Systems Sign Exclusive Deal

Benchmark Space Systems, a leading provider of green in-space propulsion systems for small satellites, announced an exclusive services agreement with rideshare leader Spaceflight Inc. to provide a full range of non-toxic chemical propulsion solutions designed to accelerate satellite rideshare deployments to prime orbital locations aboard its next-generation Sherpa orbital transfer …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Christopher Johnson on Lunar Exploration Governance

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Christopher Johnson, Space Law Advisor at the Secure World Foundation talked about issues of developing the next phase of governance for space activities. That included the strengths and shortcomings of international, national, and contractual approaches to developing new norms for space activities. He shared some thoughts …

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Virgin Galactic unveils novel high-speed vehicle design

  Virgin Galactic, which includes its manufacturer of advanced air and space vehicles, The Spaceship Company, has revealed the initial designs for its high-speed vehicle. The company has signed non-binding memorandum of understanding with Rolls-Royce to collaborate in designing and developing engine propulsion technology for high-speed commercial aircraft. The initial …

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Maxar contributes sixth robotic arm for Mars rover program

Maxar Technologies , a developer in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, congratulates NASA on the successful launch of Perseverance Rover, which began its journey to Mars on an Atlas V rocket launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida earlier. Maxar built Perseverance’s Sample Handling Assembly (SHA) robotic arm …

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Russian communications satellites achieve designated orbit

The Briz-M booster has put Russian communications satellites Express-80 and Express-103 on the designated orbit at an altitude of 54,900 kilometers, the press service of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos said on Friday, 31 July 2020. “The spacecraft separated from the booster unit. The satellites have been put on the …

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Austrian Space Forum postpones Mars Analog Mission by one year

The Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) announced the postponement of its international Mars analog mission “AMADEE-20”. The simulation of a crewed mission to the Red Planet was originally scheduled to take place later this year in October in Israel. Due to pandemic related safety concerns the Austrian Space Forum in accordance …

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TNO delivers optical module for Sentinel-5 space mission

TNO is the first to deliver an optical module to German Airbus Defence & Space which is assembling the Sentinel-5 satellite instrument. The aim of Sentinel-5 is to accurately monitor the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere on a daily basis. In developing a spectrometer and a telescope for the satellite, …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 008 Featuring Michelle Hanlon Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 8th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Michelle Hanlon, The legal loophole to remove the American flags on the Moon Episode 008 features special guest Michelle Hanlon. Michelle Hanlon was a successful public international law lawyer for decades, until she found …

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Astroscale U.S. Appoints Carolyn Belle as Director, Advanced Systems, and Rob Staples as Program Manager

Astroscale U.S. Inc., (“Astroscale U.S.”), the U.S. unit of Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, announced that Carolyn Belle and Rob Staples have joined Astroscale U.S. Belle is serving as Director, Advanced Systems as of July 2020, and Staples is serving as Program Manager as …

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