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Earth-Size, Habitable Zone Planet Found Hidden In Early NASA Kepler Data

A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star’s habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water. Scientists discovered this planet, called Kepler-1649c, when looking through old observations from Kepler, which the …

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NanoAvionics And Mexican Space Agency Introduce A Nanosatellite Pilot Project For Future Space Missions

Nanosatellite manufacturer and mission integrator NanoAvionics, together with the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and students from the Polytechnic University of Atlacomulco will develop the first nanosatellite for the State of Mexico, (one of most important states of the country), the AtlaCom-1. Building the nanosatellite is part of a pilot project …

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Intelsat 901 Satellite Returns To Service Using Northrop Grumman’s Mission Extension Vehicle

Intelsat announced on 17 April 2020 that Intelsat 901 has returned to service following the successful docking with the first Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV-1) from Northrop Grumman Corporation and the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SpaceLogistics LLC, on 25 February – the first time that two commercial spacecraft docked in geostationary orbit. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Kai-Uwe Schrogl On The Clarity Of Existing Space Law

On 6 April 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. This order addresses US policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. Over the next …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Steven Freeland On The Importance Of The Outer Space Treaty In The EO

On 6 April 2020, US President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. This order addresses US policy regarding the recovery and use of resources in outer space, including the Moon and other celestial bodies. Over the next …

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Xplore Receives USAF Award For Innovative Commercial Capabilities Around The Moon

Xplore Inc., a commercial space company has announced they have won an Air Force award to study positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions for cislunar space. The award category, for commercial and technical innovations between the Earth and the Moon — is entirely new for the Air Force, which is …

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CIMON-2 Makes Its Successful Debut On The ISS

CIMON-2, the updated version of the CIMON astronaut assistant, developed and built by Airbus for the German Aerospace Center Space Administration (DLR), has now demonstrated its capabilities during initial tests on the International Space Station (ISS). The free-flying, spherical technology demonstrator with artificial intelligence (AI) showed off a number of …

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The MBRSC Shortlists 10 Candidates For UAE Analog Mission

The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the shortlist of 10 Emiratis out of over 100 applicants for the UAE Analog Mission#1, as part of the Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station (SIRIUS 20/21), an eight-month analog mission conducted at the NEK ground-based analogue facility in Moscow, …

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