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Airbus wins ambitious ESA mission to bring first Mars samples back to Earth

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – Airbus has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for its ambitious five-year mission to go to Mars and bring the first samples from the Red Planet back to Earth, the company announced in Toulouse. Airbus acts as ESA’s prime contractor for the Earth …

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NASA calculates nearly $65 billion impact on U.S. economy in 2019

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – NASA has calculated the economic impact of its activities on the U.S. economy in 2019 at a stunning $64.3 billion, the U.S. space agency said in a recently published report. The first-ever agency-wide economic impact report shows that, through all NASA activities, the agency generated …

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Spaceflight to serve Canon, Kleos and Spire on two launches

Luxembourg, 14 October 2020. – Rideshare provider Spaceflight will execute three customer missions on two upcoming launches in the next weeks, the Seattle-based company announced today. Spaceflight will execute two launches on two different continents, the company said, one aboard a Rocket Lab Electron and the other on NewSpace India …

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Virgin Orbit looking to raise up to $200 million of funding

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit is looking to raise up to $200 million of funding, valuing the company at around $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported. “The fundraising comes as the British billionaire’s sprawling travel-to-finance empire and the wider commercial space industry have been …

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Japanese space debris specialist Astroscale raises $51 million

Luxembourg, 13 October 2020. – Astroscale raised an additional funding of $51 million from a group of investors, bringing the total capital raised to $191 million, the Japanese orbital debris removal company said today. This latest round makes Astroscale the most funded on-orbit services and logistics company globally and most funded space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews – Kai-Uwe Schrogl: “Europe has to stand united”

On 1 July 2020, Germany has taken its term in the EU Presidency. Space and space-related initiatives were on the agenda in the preparation. Now, halfway through the term, SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Markus Payer had the opportunity to talk with Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl who is seconded from the European Space …

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Russia calls parts of NASA Moon projects “too American-centric”

Paris, 13 October 2020. – Russia sees aspects of NASA’s Moon mission projects and Artemis as “too American-centric” and stresses the importance of international cooperation in space, the General Director of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was quoted from the opening of the 71st International Astronautical Congress yesterday. “In our opinion, in …

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NASA delays SpaceX Crew-1 mission to mid-November

Paris, 12 October 2020. – The U.S. space agency NASA has postponed the SpaceX Crew-1 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to “no sooner than early-to-mid November”, the agency announced. The delay provides “additional time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates off-nominal …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Three Sides of Mars

by Karim Michel Sabbagh “2030 Destination Mars” is the core theme of this scenario mapping exercise. The objective is to safely land a manned mission on the red planet and set up the foundation for a permanent presence. The outcome would usher the start of an era where mankind takes …

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Space Café Recap “Moriba’s Vox Populi #01/2020” on issues of the dark sky

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #01/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with Dr. Elena Cirkovic – Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute – Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Dr. Meredith Rawls – Research Scientist, Department of Astronomy University …

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