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China And France Hold Twelfth Space Cooperation Meeting In Shanghai

The President of the Centre Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, and Zhang Kejian, Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA), chaired the 12th meeting of the French-Chinese space committee in Shanghai on 5 June 2019, devoted to reviewing and developing space cooperation between the two nations. …

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Japan And France Strengthen Space Cooperation In Preparation For Macron Visit

President of the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, was in Tokyo on 6 June 2019 to lay the groundwork for the space agenda of the State Visit of President Emmanuel Macron to Japan on 26 and 27 June. On this occasion and in the presence of Laurent …

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SES President and CEO Steve Collar to Chair World Space Week 2020

Steve Collar, SES President & CEO

SES and World Space Week Association have confirmed that SES President and CEO Steve Collar will be Honorary Chair of World Space Week 2020. “I’m excited to chair World Space Week, the biggest space event on Earth, as it focuses global attention on the broad benefits of satellite technology to …

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Three Companies Selected by NASA for Lunar Payload Delivery

Image courtesy Intuitive Machines

NASA has selected three commercial Moon landing service providers that will deliver science and technology payloads under Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery (CLPS) as part of the Artemis program. Each commercial lander will carry NASA-provided payloads that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface, paving the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Taking Europe to the Moon and Sparking a Lunar Economy

By Mari Eldholm, Governmental Affairs Manager at PTScientists GmbH Europe has never landed on the Moon. PTScientists is preparing to change that by sending the first European lunar lander to the Apollo 17 site. But, perhaps equally important – PTScientists want to prove that Europe can be a fertile ground …

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Leading Canadian Additive and Space Manufacturing Companies Partner Under Canadian Space Agency’s STDP

Burloak Technologies and MDA have announced the recent award of the Canadian Space Agency’s Space Technology Development Program (STDP) project “Large Scale Additive Manufactured RF Satellite Communication Sub-Systems”. This two-year project will directly advance Burloak’s recent success in the application of additive manufacturing (A.M.) for flight applications in commercial space. …

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TechDemoSat-1 On-Board Camera Captures Drag Sail Deployment

A camera captures drag sail deployment on TechDemoSat

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has released an image showing the successful deployment of the de-orbit drag sail on-board TechDemoSat-1.  The deployment of the Icarus-1 drag sail, which was supplied by Cranfield University, marks the end of mission operations for SSTL’s TechDemoSat-1 small satellite which was launched into a 635 …

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Astrobotic Awarded $79.5 Million Contract to Deliver 14 NASA Payloads to the Moon

Astrobotic has been selected by NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon on its Peregrine lunar lander in July 2021. With this $79.5 million CLPS award, Astrobotic has now secured 28 payloads for lunar delivery as part of its first mission. Fifty years …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Cultivating European Lunar Leadership – The Time Is Now!

By Lynn Zoenen, Global Affairs Manager at ispace Europe The Moon Momentum The first half of 2019 has already proven to be a worthy time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon. With China’s Chang’e-4 mission to the far side of the Moon in January …

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