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Breton wants European LEO, more defense and Ariane 7

Paris, 9 December 2020. – Another LEO and more defense & security: The European Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, is working on a European Low Earth Orbit satellite constellation. “European broadband connectivity is neither ubiquitous nor robust enough to address our digital inequalities,” Breton said at the European Space …

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Cargo Dragon docks to ISS while Starship prepares next test

Paris, 8 December 2020. – The flow of good news doesn’t stop: SpaceX has launched its next generation Cargo Dragon spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) while the company prepares for the next important test flight of its Starship in Texas today. The unpiloted and automated Cargo Dragon resupply …

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Space Café Recap “Moriba’s Vox Populi 02” on the lack of transparency, predictability, and accountability

In this session of Space Cafè “Moriba’s Vox Populi #02/2020” Dr. Moriba Jah talked about topics of relevance to space safety, security, and sustainability with Charity Weeden, Vice President, Global Space Policy, Astroscale U.S. Inc Jenni Tapio, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment Finland Dr. Regina Peldszus, Senior …

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Secure World Foundation’s briefing for the Biden transition team

As a new White House Administration begins preparing its agenda for many crucial issues, Secure World Foundation prepared a brief for the Biden transition team. Below is an executive summary of that brief. Outer space activities are more important to the United States now than at almost any time in …

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UAE’s spy satellite Falcon Eye successfully launched

Luxembourg, 3 December 2020. – This time, it worked: After several launch attempts and a long delay due to the Covid pandemic, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finally launched Falcon Eye, their military Earth observation satellite. Falcon Eye 2 was successfully launched from the European Spaceport (CSG) in Kourou, French Guiana …

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E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in November 2020

by Raphael Roettgen November’s space financing activity was clearly dominated by the US$500 million round by American rocket company Relativity Space, known for its extensive use of 3D printing in its manufacturing process. The round, which was subscribed by existing and new investors, occurred at at an eye-watering (considering the …

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Space Café Regional – German Edition: Raphael Roettgen about “Hoch hinaus”

In this week’s Space Cafè Regional – German Edition,  Raphael Roettgen, Space Investment & Advisory, Founder of E2MC Ventures, Zurich, Switzerland talked about his new book “Hoch Hinaus – die neue Weltraumwirtschaft”. Raphael also answered relevant questions from the audience. This Space Cafè Regional – German Edition, held on 26 November 2020, was …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Launching Into the New Decade

by Blaine Curcio The first year of the 2020s has been nothing if not very memorable. A global pandemic, political turmoil, and rapid technological development coming from and also helping to propel these changes. Flying somewhat more under the radar, however, has been the year in Chinese launch. 2020 has …

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