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São Tomé And Príncipe Signs Space Agreement With India

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe signed an agreement with India to create a space centre on the island that is situated off of Africa’s Equatorial West coast at a ceremony held on 8 September 2018 during a visit to New Delhi by the São Tomé and Príncipe Minister for …

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India’s Gaganyaan Programme To Receive Technical and Medical Support From France’s CNES

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and ISRO Chairman K. Sivan announced today the creation of a French-Indian working group on human spaceflight, thus following up on one of the main commitments made by President Emmanuel Macron after his State visit to India. CNES and ISRO will be combining their expertise …

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Bahrain And Russia In Talks To Send Astronauts Into Orbit; Roscosmos Mulling Regional Office In Manama

According to several Bahraini and Russian media sources, the Bahraini and Russian governments are in discussions about possibly sending candidates from the small Persian Gulf island to Russia for astronaut training and launch into Earth orbit. “The representatives of the Bahrain Space Science Agency attended a spacecraft launch at Baikonur …

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Japan’s ANA Holdings And Partners To Create Avatar X Virtual Reality Space Exploration Concept

In what a growing number of analysts are calling a bold move, Japan’s ANA Holdings – owner and operator of All Nippon Airways (ANA) – is partnering with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and companies such as Softbank, Takenaka, and HIS, to create AVATAR X in a bid to …

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Australian Space Agency And France’s CNES Sign Space Cooperation Agreement

The Australian Space Agency and its French counterpart, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits both countries work together to develop their respective space programmes and take full advantage of the rapidly expanding global space industry. The Australian Minister for Industry, …

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India’s Gaganyaan Mission To Send Three Foreign-Trained Vyomanauts Into Space By 2022

Following the announcement in early August 2018 by Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, that India will launch its own Vyomanauts into space by 2022, senior Indian space officials have added more details about what is now called the Gaganyaan programme. Speaking to journalists on 28 August 2018, the Indian Minister …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Advice for the Next Generation – Gernot Groemer of OeWF

SpaceWatch.Global last spoke to Gernot Groemer, Founder and Administrative Director of the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) last year when we covered the Forum’s work and activities on the Mars Analogue missions. This week, we speak to Groemer as a founding member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) which aims …

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India’s Human Spaceflight Ambitions Faces Political Backlash, Technical Skepticism

Now that the euphoria over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that India will launch its first Vyomanaut (derived from the Sanskrit word for space, or vyoma) into Earth orbit by 2022 has passed, the political contours of the announcement are beginning to take shape. A number of critics are pointing …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Alexander Shaenko of the Mayak Cubesat Project

Alexander Shaenko is a Moscow-based engineer and space enthusiast, the driving force behind the Mayak cubesat developed by space enthusiasts that was launched in 2017. He is currently working on a new space-related project. We talked to him about his past and present activities, his views on the current situation …

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