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Roscosmos Confirms Destruction Of Russian Fregat Upper Stage’s Tank In Space

The TsNIIMash rocket and spacecraft scientific center has confirmed the destruction in the earth’s orbit of tanks of the Russian Fregat-SB upper stage, the press service of Roscosmos space agency told TASS on Sunday, 10 May 2020. It said the upper stage was used to place into orbit Spektr-P scientific …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Lunapolitics Or Lunapolitik? The Choice Is Ours

By John B. Sheldon More than fifty years after the first Apollo Moon landings, we are witnessing the rise of Lunapolitics, where the Moon’s topography – or ‘Lunography’ – from below its surface through to Cislunar space intersects with Earthly political and economic interests. If we manage Lunapolitics sensibly then …

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MDA Receives Contract To Support Robotic Operations On The International Space Station

MDA announced on 4 May 2020 that it has received a contract worth CA$190 million (US$135.3 million) to support robotic operations on the International Space Station (ISS) from 2020 to 2024. MDA has provided Logistics and Sustaining Engineering (L&SE) services to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and its international partners …

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China’s Space Double Whammy: Successful Long March 5B Launches New Capsule For Human Spaceflight

China scored a space double whammy on 5 May 2020 when its successfully launched its heavy Long March 5B launch vehicle carrying a new capsule designed for crewed missions. The Long March 5B launch was conducted from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Hainan Island, located just off China’s southern …

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Lunapolitics: U.S. To Propose ‘Artemis Accords’ To Govern Moon Mining Operations

Following the executive order on Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources signed by President Donald J. Trump on 6 April 2020, it has been reported by Reuters on 5 May 2020 that the United States is drafting principles it proposes can govern mining and other …

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Astrobotic to Develop New Commercial Payload Service for NASA’s Human Landing System

Astrobotic proudly announced on 4 May 2020 that it is has been selected to develop and lead a new commercial payload service onboard the Dynetics Human Landing System (HLS).  Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, was recently announced as one of three awardees by NASA to develop a new …

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Maxar To Support Dynetics In Designing And Building Lunar Human Landing System For NASA

Maxar Technologies, a trusted partner and innovator in Earth Intelligence and Space Infrastructure, announced on 1 May 2020 that it has been selected to support Dynetics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leidos, in designing and building a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program, which will send the first woman and …

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NASA Names Companies To Develop Human Landers For Artemis Moon Missions

NASA has selected three U.S. companies to design and develop human landing systems (HLS) for the agency’s Artemis program, one of which will land the first woman and next man on the surface of the Moon by 2024. NASA is on track for sustainable human exploration of the Moon for the first time in history. The human landing system awards under the Next Space …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interview: Dr. Scott Pace On The U.S. Space Resources Executive Order

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. SpaceWatch.Global was able to …

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