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UNOOSA and ESA join forces to address the space debris challenge

The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a joint statement on their wish to cooperate on the challenge of space debris. The two organisations agreed to work together to increase global understanding and the consolidation of knowledge on space debris; to …

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France And Indian State of Kerala To Cooperate Developing New Space Ecosystems

On the occasion of the meetings between CNES’s Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science (DIA) and the Government of Kerala, India, on 16, 17 and 18 May 2019, the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), through its Connect-by-CNES programme (CbC), and the Kerala Start-Up Mission (KSUM) signed a Letter of Intent …

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UNOOSA and ESA sign MoU to help countries leverage space for the SDGs

In order to help all countries identify how space can sustain their efforts to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate access to space solutions …

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#SpaceWatchGL interviews: John Thornton of Astrobotic

We know that there is a future beyond our planet, and today there are private companies that are striving towards making humanity’s journey to the Moon and beyond as sustainable as possible. One of these companies is Astrobotic. The Pittsburgh-based company is developing two lunar landers that will eventually fly …

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UK Offers Funds For British Airports To Become Spaceports

Future spaceports can apply for a share of two million pounds to support plans for small satellite launch from aircraft and sub-orbital flight from the UK, Science Minister Chris Skidmore announced Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Sites such as Newquay in Cornwall, Campbeltown and Glasgow Prestwick in Scotland, and Snowdonia in …

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Third France-South Korea Space Forum Takes Place In Seoul

The President of the French national space agency (Centre national d’études spatiales – CNES), Jean-Yves Le Gall, and Lim Cheol-Ho, President of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), in the presence of Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of the Economy and Finance, and Fabien Penone, France’s Ambassador …

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Greek Space Agency Signs Space Cooperation MoU With Airbus

Airbus and the Hellenic Space Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) covering future space cooperation. The MOU will focus on Earth observation, space exploration and future growth opportunities including software research and space policy. Established in 2018, the Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) is Greece’s national body responsible for …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’Ed: Britain’s Vital Strategic Interests In Space

By Dr. John B. Sheldon There are thousands of dedicated space professionals in the UK, who, between them, have established a world-class reputation in space science, commercial space and engineering, and in certain national security space operations. This group of remarkable men and women have until recently, with a few …

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ESPI Brief 27: Space Policy Directive 2: ITAR, an instrument of U.S. dominance

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. 27: ‘Space Policy Directive 2: ITAR, an instrument of U.S. dominance’, originally published in December 2018. 1. The International Traffic in Arms …

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