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Spaceflight to launch new rideshare vehicles in 2021

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – Spaceflight, a rideshare and mission management provider, will launch new transfer vehicles to tug smallsats into customized orbits in 2021, the Seattle-based company announced. Spaceflight develops two next-generation orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) that will debut in 2021; the first, Sherpa-FX, is to fly on the …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Ole Dokka on opportunities that come with a spaceport in the North

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Ole Dokka, project manager of Newspace North, Andoya, Norway, talked about a wide range opportunities that arise with the new spaceport developments. Norway and Andøya Space will soon have one of few commercial spaceports for small satellites in Europe. The project received the first major …

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NASA certifies SpaceX’s Crew Dragon flight system

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – After years of designing, developing, and testing, NASA has certified SpaceX’s Crew Dragon system for flights to the International Space Station (ISS), the agency announced. Crew Dragon is the first commercial spacecraft system capable of transporting humans to and from the ISS and is part …

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Former astronaut Pamela Melroy part of Biden’s NASA review team

Luxembourg, 12 November 2020. – U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has announced the team that will help him to review NASA activities and plans. The Agency Review Team consists of eight volunteers, amongst them former NASA astronaut Pamela Melroy. The other team members are Ellen Stofan from the Smithsonian Institution as …

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#SpaceWatchGL interviews: Juan Tomas Hernani, CEO Satlantis, about Earth Observation, smart imaging and super resolution

High Resolution from the Low Earth Orbit: Founded in 2014, the Bilbao/Spain-based Satlantis is a pioneer and frontrunner in Earth Observation today. SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor in Chief Markus Payer spoke with Satlantis CEO Juan Tomas Hernani about trends in the industry and technology, public and private funding, rideshare and the unprecedented …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Claudia Kessler” On 1 December 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Claudia Kessler, Initiator, Founder, driving force of “Die Astronautin”, Bremen, Germany. This event will take place on 1 Dezember 2020 at 4:00 pm CET. February, 2022: A space crew with only women astronauts docks to the Unity Node after having …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 015 Featuring Simonetta Di Pippo Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 15th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Simonetta Di Pippo – Director of UNOOSA Episode 013 features special guest Simonetta Di Pippo. As the director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Simonetta Di Pippo carries probably the coolest …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE COALITION OF THE LIKE-MINDED

by Ken Hodgkins The scope and nature of the space enterprise has evolved in significant ways since the dawning of the space age. For decades civil and national security space activities were driven by the geopolitical rivalries of the Cold War and space legal and policy-making were the exclusive province …

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NASA-ESA’s Mars Sample Return mission on track, report says

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – NASA is on track to bring samples from Mars to Earth, the U.S. space agency said, citing a report from the Mars Sample Return (MSR) Independent Review Board (IRB). Following an examination of the agency’s ambitious Mars Sample Return plan, the board’s report concludes that …

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Smallsat market more than quadruples in the 2020s, Euroconsult finds

Luxembourg, 11 November 2020. – The market for small satellites is growing exponentially in the next decade, the latest Euroconsult smallsat report found. In its “Prospects for the Small Satellite Market”, Euroconsult forecasts that two mega-constellations will account for half of the smallsats to be launched between 2020 and 2029, …

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