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New Global Space Safety Coalition Established

A first-of-its-kind global ad hoc coalition dedicated to developing and maintaining a set of “living” space-safety best practices was announced today at the Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies Conference – AMOS. The new coalition, the Space Safety Coalition (SSC), is comprised of space operators, space industry associations and space industry …

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UAE’s MBRSC And Japan’s JAXA Sign STEM Education Agreement For Use Of ISS Kibo Technology

ISS, courtesy NASA

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) of the United Arab Emirates and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will cooperatively perform an educational project that uses JAXA’s “Int-Ball”, a camera robot for the International Space Station, when the UAE astronaut gets on board the International Space Station for the first …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race”, originally published 23 August 2019 at The Nikkei Asian Review. On Friday (23 August 2019), …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s strategy in space is changing. Here’s why

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “India’s strategy in space is changing. Here’s why”, originally published 14 August 2019 at World Economic Forum website. After a gap of more than a …

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Milestone Demonstrates Motor’s Reliability to Enhance Astronaut Safety

Northrop Grumman, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, have successfully completed the second qualification test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS). Preliminary results indicate all eight high pressure valves on the motor performed as expected under hot temperature conditions. The qualification test …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The Dark Side of Moon Exploration by Jessica West

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Jessica West/Opencanada.org, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “The dark side of moon exploration”, originally published 22 August 2019. Landing on the moon 50 years ago was a major achievement. But, as Jessica West writes, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: No Tardigrades Here by Laura Montgomery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Laura Montgomery, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “No Tardigrades Here”, originally published 22 August 2019. No, a tardigrade is not what you get when you’re late to class.  It’s a microbial “water bear.”  It’s …

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ESA Searches for Ideas on Exploration of Lunar Caves

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking for ideas on how to explore lunar caves. While the surface of the Moon has been well-documented with cameras onboard several satellite missions, relatively little is known about the presence and nature of subsurface cavities. In volcanic areas of the lunar maria, planetary …

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