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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ole Dokka of Spaceport Norway

On September 4-5 2019 the global space scene will meet in Trondheim, Norway for the 3rd edition of the SpacePort Norway event. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening had the chance to sit together with Ole Dokka, Executive Director, Spaceport Norway, to learn more about the upcoming event. Thanks for your time for …

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Proton Successfully Delivers the Spektr-RG Astrophysical Observatory Spacecraft into Orbit

Spektr-RG Astrophysical Observatory Spacecraft

A Proton M launch vehicle successfully launched the Spektr-RG astrophysical observatory from Site 81 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 13, 2019 at 3:30:57 p.m. Moscow time. The launch and flight were completed with no issues making this the second launch of this vehicle type in 2019. Two hours later, …

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Space Park Leicester Receives £13.75 Million Meteoric Boost from Government

The University of Leicester is delighted to announce that its new Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research Centre (METEOR) has received nearly £14 million in funding through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF). This funding will leverage a further …

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Firefly Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries Enter Exclusive Agreement for U.S. Commercialization of Lunar Lander Technology

Firefly Aerospace has announced that it has signed an Intellectual Property and Engineering Support Agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for technology based on its Beresheet Lunar Lander. Firefly Aerospace is one of the nine companies selected by NASA to participate in the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to …

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PTScientists Continues Moon Mission Despite Preliminary Bankruptcy

Berlin space start-up, PTScientists filed for bankruptcy on Friday, July 5, 2019, with the competent district court, Charlottenburg, Berlin. This was due to unplanned delays in the acquisition of further incentives and subsidies for the planned Moon mission. The resulting liquidity shortage made the application legally necessary. Lawyer Sascha Feies …

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Virgin Galactic and Social Capital Hedosophia Announce Merger

Virgin Galactic (VG) and Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH), a public investment vehicle sponsored by Social Capital and Hedosophia, announced that the boards of directors of each company have approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge, with the current shareholders of SCH expected to own up to approximately …

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Research Concludes Space Weather Radiation Causes Damage to Electrically Propelled Satellites

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The use of electric propulsion for raising satellites into geostationary orbit can result in significant solar cell degradation according to a new study. The extended journey results in greater exposure to the damaging effects of space weather. Understanding the size of this risk is essential for commercial operators to take …

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Japan And France Sign Two Space Exploration Agreements On Mars And Asteroid Ryugu Missions

On the occasion of President Emmanuel Macron’s official visit to Japan on 26 June 2019, and in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Masahiko Shibayama, Japan’s Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall …

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