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Space Café Recap: “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” 01

In this first Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, global space law experts discuss the legal issues from everyday space activities. Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” analysed current space developments with a legal focus. It, at the same time discussed and ‘demystifyed’ the law for everyone. In this …

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Airbus develops Moon Cruiser for ESA for 2027

Paris, 29 January 2021. – The European Space Agency (ESA) has asked Airbus to develop the concept for a Cis-Lunar Transfer Vehicle (CLTV) – the so-called Moon Cruiser – for complex transport and transfer tasks during lunar missions. The Moon Cruiser is a versatile, autonomous logistics vehicle that is designed …

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Spanish Sateliot to connect nanosats and IoT with 5G

Paris, 29 January 2021. – The name is a program: The Spanish nanosatellite and telecommunications operator Sateliot wants to pioneer in the communication between satellites and Internet of Things (IoT). Sateliot, which sees itself as “the first satellite telecommunications operator to provide global and continuous connectivity to the Internet of …

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UNOOSA and Keldysh Institute announce opportunity for developing countries to receive telescopes and training

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (KIAM RAS) announced an opportunity within the International Scientific Optical Network (ISON) for selected academic and research institutions in developing countries to receive small telescopes and training on …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Dr. Peter Martinez on the Future of Humanity in Space

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Dr. Peter Martinez, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation, USA talked about potential scenarios for the future of humanity in space. Growth and Sustainability in Space – ensuring the long-term usability of Earth’s orbits and beyond: There are more human activities taking place in …

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Axiom sends first fully private crew to the ISS in 2022

Luxembourg, 27 January 2021. – Pretty starck: The start-up Axiom Space wants to send the first fully private crew to the International Space Station (ISS) on its upcoming AX-1/ SpaceX mission next year, the firm announced. Michael López-Alegría, a former NASA astronaut and Axiom Vice President, will command the flight, …

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Momentus founder Kokorich replaced by Dawn Harms

Luxembourg, 26 January 2021. – The space company Momentus which is preparing for a stock exchange listing appointed its Chief Revenue Officer Dawn Harms new CEO, following the resignation of Momentus founder Mikhail Kokorich, the firm announced. Momentus, in consultation with its acquisition vehicle partner Stable Road Acquisition Corp., “has …

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Jurczyk to lead NASA until Biden appoints Bridenstine successor

Luxembourg, 26 January 2021. – U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed Steve Jurczyk to serve as acting administrator of NASA, media reports said. Jurczyk was associate administrator of the U.S. space agency since 2018 and worked at NASA since 1988. He will take the lead of NASA until the …

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SpaceX launches record rideshare mission

Luxembourg, 25 January 2021. – Another record: SpaceX launched 143 small spacecraft in its first, large rideshare mission yesterday, the company said. Falcon 9 launched Transporter-1, SpaceX’s first dedicated SmallSat Rideshare Program mission, from Space Launch Complex 40  at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, SpaceX said. Falcon 9’s first …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Biden-Harris Space Policy: Building on the Space Force and Artemis

by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen The Trump-Pence administration was very busy in space. In 2017, they reconstituted the National Space Council (NSC) to coordinate political, civilian, and military policies and efforts in space. With high-profile Presidential support, Congress established a new branch of the United States (US) military within the US …

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