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ESA Ministerial Council Meeting: Switzerland to participate in new programmes and play a leading role in the removal of space debris

On 27 and 28 November 2019, State Secretary Martina Hirayama attended the European Space Agency’s ESA Ministerial Council meeting in Seville (“Space 19+”). At this meeting, which brought together the ministers in charge of space affairs from the 22 ESA Member States, the Council conferred on ongoing programmes, new initiatives, …

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ESA ministers commit to biggest ever budget at Space19+

ESA’s Council at Ministerial Level, Space19+, has concluded in Seville, Spain, with the endorsement of the most ambitious plan to date for the future of ESA and the whole European space sector. The meeting brought together ministers with responsibility for space activities in Europe, along with Canada and observers from …

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Luxembourg Space Agency And European Space Agency Cooperate On Space Resources

A Memorandum of Cooperation to further commit to strengthening cooperation in the field of space resources and innovation was signed by Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider and ESA Director General ESA Jan Wörner. Following the establishment of the SpaceResources.lu initiative in 2016 to promote and develop the research, economic …

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UAE Offers Ambitious Vision For Arab Space Cooperation Group

The UAE Space Agency has organised the fourth meeting of the representatives of member states of the Arab Space Cooperation Group on the sidelines of the 16th edition of Dubai Airshow 2019, which was hosted by Dubai World Central on 17 – 21 November. Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul …

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UK Conservative Party Election Pledge: We’ll Set Up a UK Space Command

The British Conservative Party has released its manifesto, as part of its campaign for the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and has pledged that if re-elected it will create a UK Space Command. In its manifesto, the Conservative Party, led by current Prime Minister Boris Johnson, pledged: “We will …

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Turkish Space Agency Opens For Business After Presidential Decree

Turkish President Erdogan issued a decree on 21 November 2019 that formally establishes the Turkish Space Agency. The presidential decree was published in an official gazette of the Turkish government. The Turkish Space Agency will prepare and carry out the Turkish national space programme in line with the policies determined …

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UKspace 2020 Manifesto

On 21 November 2019 the UKspace trade association published its 2020 manifesto for a future British government to consider. With the 12 December 2019 British General Election, and at some point soon thereafter, the UK exiting the European Union, the UKspace 2020 Manifesto comes at an important juncture for Britain’s …

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NATO Foreign Ministers Officially Recognise Space As An Operational Domain

NATO Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on 20 November 2019 to address a wide range of security challenges in preparation for the meeting of NATO leaders in London. “We all agree that NATO remains indispensable for our security, and that despite our differences, we are stronger as we face the …

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France’s CNES Discusses Space Exploration Cooperation At Bremen’s Space Tech Expo Europe

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Yves Le Gall was at the 3rd Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen, Germany, where he took part in the plenary of heads of space agencies and the panel session on ‘Space Trans-Atlantic’, both focused chiefly on space exploration, particularly lunar exploration. Jean-Yves Le …

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France’s CNES Discusses UAE Space Cooperation At Dubai Airshow 2019

Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall was at the opening ceremony of the Dubai Airshow 2019, attended by His Royal Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai. He also met Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi …

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