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Canadian Space Agency Releases Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program Opportunity

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has issued an industrial capacity-building contribution announcement of opportunity (AO) for the Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program (LEAP), as reported by Space Q. This AO comes after the CSA asked for additional input in January for an upcoming “commercial lunar opportunity.” The objective of the AO …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op-Ed: Humanity’s Virtual Presence In Space In The Quantum Age

By John B. Sheldon The Power of Metaphor Since the launch of the first satellite, Sputnik I, on 4 October 1957 our presence in space has been described, defined, and politically and technologically driven by metaphors. The U.S.-Soviet space programmes in the Cold War weren’t just in competition, they were …

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ISRO To Validate Design, Engineering Of Rocket To Carry India’s First Human Space Flight Mission

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will carry out a series of tests to validate the design and engineering of the rocket and orbital module system for India’s first planned human space flight mission, named Gaganyaan. A top official also said that the space agency would soon build its own …

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Northrop Grumman Successfully Completes Historic First Docking of MEV-1 With Intelsat 901 Satellite

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Space Logistics LLC, have successfully completed the first docking of the Mission Extension Vehicle-1 (MEV-1) to the Intelsat 901 (IS-901) spacecraft in order to provide life-extension services. This historic accomplishment marks the first time two commercial satellites have docked in orbit and the first time …

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SANSA And NASA Sign Deep Space Communications Study Agreement

The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently signed an agreement to partner in a study to conduct technical and environmental research on the potential to establish a ground station in South Africa. This station will support future near-Earth and deep space …

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Data From French-Chinese CFOSAT Satellite On Stream For Scientific Community

Initial observations from the first joint science mission between France and China, received from the the China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT), satellite launched 29 October 2018, are now offering new insights into the ocean surface. On 19 February 2020, the French and Chinese space agencies gave the go-ahead on the recommendation …

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SpaceX And Space Adventures Partner To Fly Space Tourists To Orbit On Crew Dragon Spacecraft

Building on the success of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2019 and the recent successful test of the spacecraft’s launch escape system, Space Adventures and SpaceX have entered into an agreement to fly private citizens on the first Crew Dragon free-flyer mission. …

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Kongsberg Contributing To Broadband Connection For The International Space Station

Equipment from Norwegian firm Kongsberg Group is to enable broadband transmission for the International Space Station (ISS), significantly improving communication between the European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts manning the station and Earth. This will be a great benefit for onboard personnel, and Kongsberg is proud to deliver technology to the …

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UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Attends Installation Of Final Component Of Hope Probe For Emirates Mars Mission

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has said that the Hope Probe mission, also called the Emirates Mars Mission, is a testament to the capabilities of the youth of the UAE. “The project, which represents a historic achievement for the …

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