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Israel’s SpaceIL Team Successfully Launches Lunar Ambitions With Beresheet

Space IL has successfully launched the first private spacecraft to the Moon. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday, 21 February 2019, carrying the Beresheet spacecraft. Beresheet, meaning beginning or genesis in Hebrew, will land on the lunar surface in approximately sixty days and …

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France And The UAE Discuss Hyperspectral, Space Exploration Cooperation Plans

The head of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, took part in the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, on 11 February 2019 where he met Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA), and Yousuf …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ray Stott of Spacespecialists Ltd

Established in 2017, Spacespecialists is a space consultancy/consultants that offers tailored recruitment, training and speaking services to space industry clients across the globe. Based in Cheshire, UK and now also on the Gold Coast of Australia, the team is backed up with many years of experience in the space sector …

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Russia And France Celebrate Historic Space Cooperation Ties

The head of the French national space agency, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, spoke at the French-Russian seminar organized by GIFAS, the French aerospace industries association, at the Espace Hamelin in Paris on 30 January 2019. President Le Gall kicked off the round table session on ‘The …

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Goonhilly and Shetland Space Centre collaborate on launch and tracking capabilities

Against the backdrop of the UK’s flourishing NewSpace sector, Shetland Space Centre (SCC) and Goonhilly Earth Station are to partner to develop launch and tracking capabilities that will enable further development of the sector. The companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will see them working together on a …

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Brexit In Orbit: UK Space Industry Added 3,400 Jobs In Two Years In Spite Of Uncertainty

The UK’s space sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment with total income now standing at 14.8 billion pounds (U.S.$19.2 billion), Science Minister Chris Skidmore has announced. The main findings from the independent ‘UK space industry: size and health report’ show that, compared to the 2016 survey: …

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ESPI Brief: Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe?

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. 17: ‘Next Steps to the Moon: What Role for Europe? ’, originally published in November 2017. 1. Solidification and Internationalisation of the Deep …

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Israel’s IAI And Germany’s OHB Join Forces On Lunar Surface Access Initiative

OHB System and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have signed an agreement that will see the companies collaborate on a commercial Lunar Surface Access Service (LSAS). The agreement, signed during the Ilon Ramon Space Conference on Tuesday, will provide a lunar lander that can allow payloads up to 150kg to the …

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Russia Positions Its Moon Programme As Alternative To U.S. Lunar-Orbit Gateway Station

Russia is preparing a national concept for Moon exploration by March 2019, according to the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. This news comes after the U.S. national space agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA), put forward its Lunar Gateway project which will see the agency construct a gateway …

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