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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Britain’s National Space Council: Putting the ‘bloody Union Jack’ on top of spacepower?

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen We are delighted to publish a regular column of  Dr. Bleddyn Bowen, Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Leicester. In this insight, Bleddyn discusses the concept of a UK National Space Council against a backdrop of Brexit and the current instability of the UK …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 34 – Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 34: ‘Toward a more strategic, assertive and united Europe in Space’, originally published in September 2019. 1. Europe faces international challenges In her …

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Emirati Astronaut Hazza Al Mansoori Returns Safely To Earth After Historic Mission

Hazzaa Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, along with astronauts Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin, returned to Earth safely, after completing his eight-day scientific mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The hatch closing of the Soyuz MS-12 took place at 8:20 am UAE time. The spacecraft undocked from the …

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SCISYS develops European database for the identification and avoidance of space debris hazards

DLR Space Management has commissioned the Bochum space experts at SCISYS Deutschland GmbH to implement a central database for data and information as part of the EU Space Surveillance and Tracking Project (EUSST). The accumulation of debris in space is a problem that is increasingly occupying the United Nations as …

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Astrobotic Commends Senate NASA Funding Bill’s Strong Resources For Lunar Science, Exploration

Astrobotic commends the Senate Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittee for providing strong funding for NASA’s Lunar Discovery and Exploration initiative in its FY2020 bill. Under the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ranking Member Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and full Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) and Vice Chairman Patrick …

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UK’s Ministry Of Defence Announces £1.5 Million Boost For Military Space Innovation

UK Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan has announced a £1.5 million investment in 12 ground-breaking space innovation projects. The announcement marks the next step in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) ‘Space to Innovate’ competition, which sought to find and fund new technologies that could improve the UK’s resilience, awareness …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Theresa Hitchens, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “New Space Debris Rules Stalled By Year-Long Interagency Spat”, originally published 24 September 2019 at Breaking Defense. A US interagency working group has spent more than a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: On war, debris, and commerce in space

By Dr. Bleddyn Bowen SpaceWatch.Global is delighted to work with Bleddyn Bowen as its columnist. Bleddyn contributs his column every quarter. On 25-26th June the Secure World Foundation convened their inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability in Washington, DC, with SpaceWatch Global participating as a media partner for the event. I attended …

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Take a sneak peek at Space Tech Talks speakers at the Dubai Airshow 2019

With the global space market forecast to double in size by 2030, countries are focusing on space-based services to help grow their economy.  According to space-market specialists Euroconsult, last year 18 countries spent $200 million on space-related activities, from satellites to exploration. Space investment and innovation has hit an all-time high. During the Space …

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A Perspective on APSCO TUBITAK Uzay Training Course on Space Law

by Muhammad Hossein Ouji The biennial “space law” training course of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) was held this time in cooperation with TUBITAK Uzay and UNOOSA for four days from 18th to 21st September, 2019 at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey. This year, as a new initiative, in …

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