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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes with Dr. Bhavya Lal” On 29 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Bhavya Lal, Researcher at IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute.  This event will take place on 29 September 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. Dr. Bhavya Lal will discuss key findings from a recent report she led on the emergence of the commercial space …

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US issues fifth Space Policy Directive on space cybersecurity

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The White House has issued last week its fifth Space Policy Directive (SPD 5) outlining cybersecurity principles of space systems and operations. The memorandum signed by US President Donald Trump sets forth key cybersecurity principles for space systems and intends to serve as “the …

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CSIS think tank reports on key governance issues in space

Washington, DC, 7 September 2020. – The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, presented last week a comprehensive report on key governance issues in space. The research report conducted by CSIS’ Aerospace Security Project focused on space sustainability and debris mitigation, rendezvous and proximity operations, and …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 43 – U.S. Defense Space Strategy

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. 43: ‘The new U.S. Defense Space Strategy’, originally published in July 2020. 1. Overview of the strategy The Defense Space Strategy (DSS) …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

by Joshua Carlson It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA captures the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Global Maritime Awareness is Gaining Focus

by Guy Thomas, Contributing Editor The US Naval Intelligence Maritime Intelligence Integration Office (NMIO) recently hosted a virtual meeting sponsored by NATO ACT (Allied Command Transformation) on tools being used to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).  It was heartening to learn of the tools and processes that are …

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Space BD to provide SmallSatellite deployment service

Space BD, a Japanese space startup that provides access to space using the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” ,and rideshares on Japan’s flagship launch vehicle “H3”, announced that it will provide cubesat deployment service from the ISS for HMU-SAT1. HMU-SAT1 is a nanosatellite developed by Space Development …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes With Dr. Natalia Archinard” On 22 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of the Science, Education, Transport and Space Section at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). …

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Business as Usual in the Middle Kingdom

by Blaine Curcio As we near the 2/3 point for the year 2020, it is starting to feel like a “lost year” for some. With many people working from home for the majority of the year, with borders largely closed, and with governments in turmoil, many are starting to ask …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Thomas Jarzombek on European Space Development

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Thomas Jarzombek, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy talked about about Germany’s role in the European and global space sector. Thomas Jarzombek highlighted the national contribution to space security in a European context, such as EU SST. Also, he discussed ideas on larger questions related …

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