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Gilmour Space achieves 45-second milestone in latest hybrid rocket engine test fire

Rocket engineers at Gilmour Space Technologies in Queensland, Australia, have completed the first in a series of major technology demonstrations this year: a successful 45-second ‘hot fire’ of their upper-stage hybrid rocket engine. “This was our longest and most efficient test fire to date,” said Gilmour Space CEO and co-founder, …

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Space Café Special Recap: Dr. Michael Kueppers on Asteroid Day

In this week’s Space Cafè Asteroid Day Special, Dr. Michael Kueppers, Mission Scientist for the Hera Mission at the European Space Agency talked about the hazards caused by asteroid impacts. Dr. Michael Kueppers discussed the hazards caused by asteroid impacts on earth and how today’s technology may allow us to avoid …

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ICEYE Now Contributing to the International Disasters Charter

The Finnish New Space company ICEYE is now providing radar imaging data from its commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for use in monitoring and response activities. ICEYE provides these images at no cost to the Charter’s Authorised Users to enable wider …

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Airbus and ESA sign agreement to continue ISS operations

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an annual renewal contract with Airbus on continuing the operation and use of European components on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is worth around €16 million. For astronauts conducting research on the ISS, it is essential that all systems function reliably. …

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Decisions from the 290th ESA Council meeting

ESA’s 22 Member States approved the Director General’s proposal to appoint Elodie Viau as Director for Telecommunications from 1 September 2020, succeeding the current director, Magali Vaissiere. For the past 12 years, Elodie Viau has worked for SES, one of the world’s leading satellite owners and operators, based in Betzdorf, …

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Canada looks to Canadian company MDA to build Gateway Canadarm3 for Artemis Deep Space Missions

Canada is taking another important step forward in its participation in the next chapter of Moon exploration. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced Canada intends to enter into a contract with Brampton-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. (MDA) to build Canadarm3. This smart …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jessy Kate Schingler on Lunar Policy

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Jessy Kate Schingler, Director of Policy and Governance for the Open Lunar Foundation, and a founding convener of the Moon Dialogs shared some food for thoughts on lunar policy and future governance models. Jessy Kate Schingler talked about the rise of lunar policy, …

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International Astronautical Federation announced IAF Young Space Leaders 2020

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is pleased to announce the 2020 IAF Young Space Leaders who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating exceptional leadership in their academics or early careers. Through various activities and programmes the IAF commits to include and inspire young minds who are active in the space field …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Impact of an asteroid on Earth: the need for legal clarifications

By Aniela Barug, Konstantinos Andritsos, Siti Jamaldin, and Jacomo Restellini Scientists believe that the fall of a destructive asteroid on Earth is not entirely unlikely. If so, what would be the means of defence available to States in order to comply with international law? The potential situation of an asteroid …

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