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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “China extends terrestrial rivalries into orbit with new space race”, originally published 23 August 2019 at The Nikkei Asian Review. On Friday (23 August 2019), …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: India’s strategy in space is changing. Here’s why

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “India’s strategy in space is changing. Here’s why”, originally published 14 August 2019 at World Economic Forum website. After a gap of more than a …

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Milestone Demonstrates Motor’s Reliability to Enhance Astronaut Safety

Northrop Grumman, along with NASA and Lockheed Martin, have successfully completed the second qualification test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA’s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS). Preliminary results indicate all eight high pressure valves on the motor performed as expected under hot temperature conditions. The qualification test …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: The Dark Side of Moon Exploration by Jessica West

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Jessica West/Opencanada.org, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “The dark side of moon exploration”, originally published 22 August 2019. Landing on the moon 50 years ago was a major achievement. But, as Jessica West writes, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: No Tardigrades Here by Laura Montgomery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Laura Montgomery, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “No Tardigrades Here”, originally published 22 August 2019. No, a tardigrade is not what you get when you’re late to class.  It’s a microbial “water bear.”  It’s …

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ESA Searches for Ideas on Exploration of Lunar Caves

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking for ideas on how to explore lunar caves. While the surface of the Moon has been well-documented with cameras onboard several satellite missions, relatively little is known about the presence and nature of subsurface cavities. In volcanic areas of the lunar maria, planetary …

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MDA Selected to Build Robotic Interfaces for Canadarm3 on NASA-led Gateway

MDA has been awarded two contracts from the Canadian Space Agency for work on Phase A of the Gateway External Robotic Interfaces project. The Gateway External Robotic Interfaces will act as critical touch points for the eXploration Large Arm (XLA) and the eXploration Dexterous Arm (XDA), the major robotic manipulator …

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Astrobotic Selects United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch its First Mission to the Moon

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021. “We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This contract with ULA was the result of a highly …

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