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Intuitive Machines Selects Launch Date And Landing Site For 2021 Moon Mission

Intuitive Machines (IM) engineers have selected an area in Oceanus Procellarum near Vallis Schröteri as the landing site for its upcoming IM-1 lunar mission with an anticipated launch date in October 2021. Vallis Schröteri, also known as Schröter’s Valley, is the largest valley on the Moon (comparable in size to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Raji Rajagopalan On The EO’s First Mover Advantage

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 …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Guoyu Wang On Space Law Ambiguities

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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Russia Wary Of Space Privatisation After Trump Executive Order, But Willing To Talk

Responding to President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the personal press secretary of Russian President Vladimir Putin, told the TASS news agency that any attempt at “privatizing” space would be considered “unacceptable.” Mr. …

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Quality Control Issues Delay Russian Proton-M Launches

Three Proton-M launch vehicles have been returned from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to their manufacturer in Moscow after newly introduced Roscosmos quality control measures found defective components and parts in them. The three launch vehicles were found to have defective components and parts that were believed to have been …

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Space Tango Wins NASA Utilization Awards For LEO Commercialization Of Biomedical Applications

Kentucky-based Space Tango, a leader in the commercialization of low-Earth orbit (LEO) for discovery and on-orbit manufacturing across a wide range of applications, today announced the award of three projects focused on biomedical application development on the International Space Station (ISS) that will be supported by the NASA Research Opportunities …

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Virgin Orbit’s VOX Space Wins US$35M US Space Force Launch Contract

VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit subsidiary which provides responsive and affordable launch services for the U.S. national security community, has been selected to launch three dedicated missions for the U.S. Space Force (USSF), delivering multiple spacecraft to orbit for the Department of Defense (DoD) Space Test Program-S28 (STP-S28). This launch …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective On US Space Resources Executive Order: Peter Marquez On The Need For 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. Starting today, …

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