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France And China Step Up Space Exploration Cooperation After Xi State Visit

On the occasion of the state visit to France of the President of the People’s Republic of China, the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) have stepped up their cooperation in the fields of planetary exploration and climate action. …

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UAE Space Agency Signs MoU With Virgin Galactic For Al Ain Operations

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, and George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company (TSC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines cooperation across a range of areas including plans to bring Virgin Galactic spaceflights to the UAE for education, science …

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Pakistan’s SUPARCO Said To Be In Talks With UAE On Space Cooperation

Pakistan’s space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), is believed to be in talks with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on developing an agenda for possible space cooperation, according to a senior SUPARCO official quoted in the UAE newspaper Khaleej Times. SUPARCO were in the UAE last …

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UK to Play Main Role in New Space Weather Mission

UK Science Minister, Chris Skidmore,  has announced that new national space funding worth £7 million will ensure UK scientists play a leading role in a new space weather mission. The Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer (SMILE) mission will study how the solar wind interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, which …

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UAE Outlines National Space Strategy to 2030

The UAE Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has adopted the National Space Strategy 2030 during its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi. The Cabinet meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al …

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NSR Predicts Significant Growth of In-Orbit Servicing Market Over Next Decade

NSR’s In-Orbit Servicing Markets, 2nd Edition (IoSM2) report forecasts $4.5 billion in cumulative revenues from In-Orbit Satellite Services by 2028. While growth is anticipated across all applications in all orbits, GEO satellite life extension will yield the largest share of revenues. As more LEO constellations start to launch, NGEO players …

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France’s CNES Gives Go-Ahead To CO3D Earth Observation Programme

The 358th session of the Centre national d’études spatiales’ (CNES) Board of Directors was held at the agency’s Head Office in Paris Les Halles on 12 March 2019. On this occasion, the Board gave the go-ahead for the CO3D project and reviewed the agency’s programmatic activities. Succeeding the stereoviewing capability …

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Reaction Engines Takes Step Forward Following Design Review

The development programme of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine from UK-based Reaction Engines, has taken an additional significant step forward, which will lead to major testing milestones being undertaken within the next 18 months. ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Is It Time To Stop Talking About Space Policy?

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen SpaceWatch.Global is delighted to welcome Bleddyn Bowen as its latest columnist. Bleddyn will be contributing his column every quarter. 2018 saw a watershed in the general awareness and profile of space policy in mass media, policymaking arenas, and public awareness, and 2019 shows little sign yet of being …

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