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Japan joins Artemis mission with Gateway contribution

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Japans joins: The country’s space agency JAXA will cooperate with NASA on the lunar Gateway, the outpost planned to orbit the Moon, NASA said. Japan will provide several capabilities for the Gateway’s International Habitation module (I-Hab), which will provide the heart of Gateway life support capabilities and …

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U.S. Space Command to move from Colorado to Alabama

Paris, 14 January 2021. – Going to Huntsville: the U.S. Space Command will move its headquarters from Colorado to Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey announced. The headquarters will be at Huntsville’s Redstone Arsenal, the Republican Governor Ivey announced, bringing reportedly 1600 jobs to Alabama. The location was chosen over five other …

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EU backs Orbital Ventures and Primo Space with €300 million

Paris, 14 January 2021. – The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) invest €300 million into the space sector, the EU announced, with €100 million stemming from the EU budget. The investment supports two space tech focused funds, Orbital Ventures and Primo Space, the “first ever EU-backed equity …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021

by Blaine Curcio and Jean Deville As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 4 Jan – 10 Jan 2021”. Hello and welcome to another …

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Breton launches European launcher alliance and Cassini fund

Paris, 13 January 2021. – Europe needs a more aggressive space strategy, the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, said and launched the “European Launcher alliance” as well as a €1 billion European space fund, Cassini, “to boost start-ups and space innovation”. “We must ask ourselves: will our current …

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Exotrail demonstrated mini-thruster for smallsats in space

Paris, 13 January 2021. – The French new space start-up Exotrail used the 13th European Space Conference to announce the successful in-orbit demonstration of its innovative electric mini-propulsion system. “Exotrail reports full success of first-ever cubesat mission equipped with Hall-effect electric propulsion technology,” the company said yesterday. “Through an In-Orbit …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The story behind Estée Lauder’s payload to the ISS

by Jose Salgado On June 2019, NASA presented the Interim Directive for the use of the ISS for commercial and marketing activities, which makes available 5% of the agency’s annual allocation of crew resources and cargo capability for commercial non-R&D use. Using this new Directive, the cosmetic company Estée Lauder …

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Register Today For Our Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” On 28 January 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global’s new Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” series where global space law experts discuss the legal issues from everyday space activities. This event will take place on 28 January 2021 at 9:30 am CET. Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” will analyse current space developments with …

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Boeing to power ISS with six more solar arrays

Paris, 12 January 2021. – More power: Boeing provides six more solar arrays to the International Space Station (ISS) to increase the orbiting laboratory’s power supply, the company said. The modification to Boeing’s ISS sustainment contract with NASA calls for Boeing to deliver six additional solar arrays to NASA for …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr. Peter Martinez” On 26 January 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, USA. This event will take place on 26 January 2021 at 4:00 pm CET. Growth and Sustainability in Space – ensuring the long-term usability of Earth’s orbits and beyond: …

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