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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Asia In Space: Cooperation Or Conflict?

By Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan As the Asian Century takes on an interstellar dimension, who will write the rules of the road? Rajeswari Rajagopalan writes that space will likely be no exception to Asia’s great power rivalries. The outer space environment has undergone significant changes in the last decade. Countries in …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Receives $2 Million From ISA; SpaceX Launch Deferred To January 2019

Israel’s Space Agency (ISA) and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology announced on 10 October 2018 that they will support the Lunar projects of the SpaceIL organization with up to U.S.$2 million in funding. SpaceIL is an Israeli startup founded in 2010 by engineers Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and …

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Singapore’s Astroscale’s ELSA-d Mission To Be Launched By Russia’s Glavkosmos in 2020

Astroscale Japan Inc., an affiliate of Singaporean-Japanese New Space company Astroscale that aims to utilise technology top remove space debris in Earth orbit, has contracted with Russian satellite launch provider Glavkosmos/GK Launch Services to launch its End of Life Services by Astroscale –demonstration (ELSA-d) spacecraft on a Soyuz-2 cluster mission …

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Uzbekistan And France Sign Framework Agreement for Space Cooperation

Uzbekistan and France have signed a framework agreement on space cooperation during a state visit to Paris by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on 9 October 2018. The agreement was signed in the presence of French President Emmanuel Macron by Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Abdulaziz …

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Space Impulse B2B Platform Envisions Online Space Industry Ecosystem

Space industry startup, Space Impulse, has assembled a team of veteran technologists and orbital-class aerospace leaders with a mission to lower costs and accelerate times to orbit by streamlining supply chain integration on a comprehensive, global business-to-business (B2B) platform. The platform is designed specifically to address the challenges of complex, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: NASA’s R. Marshall Smith On The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

NASA’s Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway is set to be a staging post in space – a science lab, communications hub, and holding area for robots and rovers and a jumping off point for future deep space transportation. The Gateway will be pivotal for the expansion of humanity’s presence on the Moon, Mars, …

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International Moon Pitch Competition nears deadline

At UNISPACE50+, held earlier this year to celebrate 50 years of space, a new competition was launched by NewSpace 2060 in collaboration with the Moon Village Association (MVA) to encourage everyone to engage with the vision of a NewSpace economy by 2060. The competition encourages interested parties from entrepreneurs and …

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Thai Space Entrepreneur James Yenbamroong To Launch $100 Million SE Asia New Space Fund

Thai Space entrepreneur James Yenbamroong, founder and CEO of Thai New Space company mu Space, announced on 9 October 2018 a plan to establish a venture unit in 2019 in a move to go international and to create opportunities other than satellite communications. Yenbamroong said that the planned venture unit …

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India And Russia Sign MoU On Human Spaceflight Training And Cooperation

A “Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Federal Space Agency of Russia, Roscosmos, on Joint Activities in the field of Human Spaceflight Programme,” was signed between India and Russia on 5 October 2018. The MoU was signed by Dmitriy Rogozin, Director of Roscosmos, and …

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69th IAC 2018 in Bremen celebrates record-breaking levels of attendance

The International Astronautical Congress held in Bremen, Germany last week welcomed a record 6,500 delegates and 83 registered countries, reaffirming a global love affair with space. In addition, more than 10.000 participants attended the public day on Wednesday 3 October to tune-in live to the International Space Station (ISS) for …

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