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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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South Africa And France Sign Agreement To Jumpstart Future Cooperation

In the presence of France’s Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu, Jean-Pascal Le Franc, Centre national d’etudes spatiales (CNES) Director of Planning, International Relations, and Quality, and Valanathan Munsami, CEO of the South African National Space …

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Japan’s Toyota And JAXA Join Forces To Develop Lunar Rover And Pursue Space Exploration

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced their agreement on 12 March 2019 to consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration. As a first step, JAXA and Toyota have reached agreement to further cooperate on and accelerate their ongoing joint study of a …

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France And Australia Sign Landmark Space Cooperation Agreements

France and Australia held ministerial-level meetings on science and innovation in Canberra, Australia, on 27-28 February 2019. The French delegation included France’s Minister for Higher Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and the heads of the French national scientific research centre CNRS, the French national institute for health and medical …

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French And Indian Space Agencies To Establish Maritime Surveillance Centre In India

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall and Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), signed an agreement on 6 March 2019 in Bengaluru to implement the short-term plan for the French-Indian programme to develop a maritime surveillance system. This signature follows on from …

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France And China Convene 14th Joint Science And Technology Committee Meeting

France’s Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation Frédérique Vidal and China’s Minister for Science and Technology Wang Zhigang hosted the 14th French-Chinese joint science and technology committee in Beijing on 25 February 2019. Participants included Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre national de la recherche …

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Japan’s iSpace Adds NKG Spark Plug As Corporate Partner In Lunar Mission

NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD., a manufacturer with over 80 years of experience in spark plugs and ceramics, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and lunar exploration company, iSpace Inc., have announced that NGK SPARK PLUG has agreed to participate as a Corporate Partner of the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program …

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Israel’s SpaceIL Team Successfully Launches Lunar Ambitions With Beresheet

Space IL has successfully launched the first private spacecraft to the Moon. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, 21 February 2019, carrying the Beresheet spacecraft. Beresheet, meaning beginning or genesis in Hebrew, will land on the lunar surface in approximately sixty days and …

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France And The UAE Discuss Hyperspectral, Space Exploration Cooperation Plans

The head of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, took part in the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, on 11 February 2019 where he met Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA), and Yousuf …

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