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RUAG Space Contributes Key Components To Sun Explorer Solar Orbiter Mission

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket with Sun Explorer Solar Orbiter is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 7-8 February 2020. RUAG Space is supplying the thermal insulation, the structure of the satellite, and the on-board computer. “We have delivered key components, which enable this important …

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E2MC Update On Space Financing Rounds In 2020 So Far

By Raphael Roettgen We are only one month into the new decade and, while we have not yet seen the SpaceX/BlueOrigin/OneWeb type mega financing rounds of 2019, this month has brought over U.S.$170 million in disclosed financing transactions in the space sector. The financing rounds have covered companies in many …

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Russia Willing To Assist Turkmenistan With Second Satellite, Turkmen Astronaut

Russia is willing to assist the Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan in developing its second satellite and in the selection, training, and launch of the first Turkmen astronaut, according to Yuri Baturin – vice president of the Tsiolkovsky Russian Academy of Cosmonauts, politician, and a former cosmonaut – during a …

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NASA Announces First Commercial Moon Delivery Assignments To Advance Artemis Programme

NASA has finalized the first 16 science experiments and technology demonstrations, ranging from chemistry to communications, to be delivered to the surface of the Moon under the Artemis program. Scheduled to fly next year, the payloads will launch aboard the first two lander deliveries of the agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload …

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France To Support Indian Human Spaceflight And Space Station Ambitions

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was the guest of honour at the international Human Spaceflight Symposium organized in Bangalore, India, on 24 January 2020 by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), and the Astronautical Society of India (ASI). On this …

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Scotland’s AAC Clyde Space Wins $575,000 U.S. Lunar Lander Power System Contract

AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply the power system to the lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. An engineering model and flight models will be delivered to support launch in 2021. The total order value is approximately 5.4 million Swedish Krona (U.S.$575, 000). “We …

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Japan’s Astroscale Receives $4.5 Million Grant From Tokyo Government For Commercial Space Debris Removal

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 23 January 2020 it has been awarded a grant of up to U.S.$4.5 million from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s “Innovation Tokyo Project” to build a roadmap for commercializing active …

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ESA And Airbus Sign International Space Station Bartolomeo Platform Contract

The Bartolomeo platform from Airbus gives new opportunities for research on the International Space Station (ISS). The European Space Agency (ESA) has now firmly booked a payload slot for a Norwegian instrument to monitor plasma density in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Bartolomeo platform – named after Christopher Columbus’ younger brother …

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Finnish Satellite Workshop: Shop Window For Space Science

By Valerie Vlasenko The third edition of the Finnish Satellite Workshop kicked off on 20-22 January 2020 in Espoo. The major event for the space industry and science in Finland saw a gathering of nearly 800 professionals and covered the most important topics for the Nordic space scene.  “Our initial …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 36 – European RTD Policy, Competitiveness and Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 36: ‘European RTD Policy, Competitiveness and Space’, originally published in November 2019. 1. A successful European RTD framework … Research and technological development …

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