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Japanese ex-astronaut to develop first wooden satellite

Paris, 5 January 2021. – A sustainable one: A former astronaut and professor of Kyoto University and the Japanese industrial group Sumitomo Forestry want to build the first wooden satellite and started research on the use of wood in space, BBC and other international media reported. Wooden satellites would burn …

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U.S. SDA awards $150 million launch contract to SpaceX

Paris, 4 January 2021. – The U.S. Space Development Agency (SDA) has awarded SpaceX a $150 million launch service contract, the agency announced. The Hawthorne, California-based firm has been awarded a $150,450,000 firm-fixed-price contract for launch services from Vandenberg Air Force Base for the Space Development Agency’s Tranche 0 Transport …

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Equatorial Space Systems Concludes First Test Flight

Singapore’s launcher startup, Equatorial Space Systems, verifies its technology with first in-flight proof-of-concept. The 2.5-meters-long Low Altitude Demonstrator took flight over the vast expanse of the Felcra Palm Oil Estate in Perak, Malaysia at approximately 11:40 local time on Monday, 21st December, and  reached its target altitude of 1.2 kilometres. …

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Space BD and ALE conclude an LOI

Space BD Inc., the leading space startup in Japan that provides access to space using the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” and rideshares on Japan’s flagship launch vehicle “H3”, and ALE, with the mission to make space closer for people announced that they concluded a Letter of …

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Register Today For Our Space Café Australia by Melanie Jane Ward On 13 January 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café Australia featuring Jackie Carpenter, Managing Director at One Giant Leap Australia Foundation. This event will take place on 13 January 2021 at 9:30 pm CET. Jackie Carpenter is an STEM Education and outreach specialist who works out of New South Wales …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: 2020 – A Preview of the Decade to Come?

by Blaine Curcio SpaceWatch.Global asked its friends, staff and contributors to review 2020 and provide an outlook into 2021. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is the review of Blaine Curcio. Everyone would agree that 2020 was in many ways exceptional. There were vastly fewer …

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Swiss Space Office asks Cysec to develop satellite cyber security

Paris, 31 December 2020. – The cybersecurity company Cysec has been contracted by the Swiss Space office to mitigate the cyber risks of in-orbit reconfigurations of small satellites. The Lausanne-based company partners with HEPIA, the Geneva University of Applied Sciences and Arts, to develop a new security architecture that will …

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Voyager to acquire ISS heavy user and pioneer Nanoracks

Paris, 31 December 2020. – The space exploration company Voyager Space wants to acquire a majority stake in XO Markets and its largest subsidiary Nanoracks, the company announced. Houston-based Nanoracks offers low-cost, high-quality solutions for satellite deployment and research in more than 30 nations worldwide. Voyager plans to invest “significant …

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Bangkok start-up to build “first spaceship of Thailand”

Paris, 30 December 2020. – “E la nave va” – but it’s not a movie: The Bangkok-based start-up mu Space wants to build “the first spaceship of Thailand” next year, the company announced. The company said during the opening of its first spaceship factory in Thailand that it wants to …

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