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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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Moon to Mars: opportunities for Australian businesses

The Australian Space Agency is partnering with NASA on its inspiring plan to go back to the Moon and on to Mars. As part of this, the Australian Government is investing $150 million to fuel the growth of Australian businesses so they can succeed in national and international space supply chains, …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes With Prof. Chris Newman” On 15 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring  Professor Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom. This event will take place on 15 September 2020 at 4:00 pm CEST. “UK Space Policy – Back to the Future”. In this discussion, Prof. Chris Newman …

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center board meets on strategic plans

The Board of Directors of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center, MBRSC, held a meeting chaired by Talal Humaid Belhoul, Vice President, MBRSC to discuss developments related to future projects at the Center, aligned with the strategic plan of the UAE’s National Space Program. The meeting was attended by Hamad Obaid …

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UK global-sustainability space projects receive £3.4 million cash boost

On World Humanitarian Day, the UK Space Agency announced £3.4 million of new funding for 10 leading-edge projects, backing UK academics using space to tackle global development problems – from the spread of malaria to human trafficking and forced labor. In 2018, there were an estimated 228 million cases and 405,000 …

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Blue Origin-led team delivers Lunar Lander engineering mockup To NASA

The Blue Origin-led Human Landing System (HLS) National Team, comprised of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, delivered an engineering mockup of a crew lander vehicle that could take American astronauts to the Moon. The lander is set up in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), NASA Johnson …

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Summer webinars begin at European Center for Space Law

From the 24 – 28th of August 2020, the European Center for Space Law will be organizing an one week online webinars called the ECSL Summer Webinars. If you are interested in joining the online event, you can register until August 23rd by sending an email to [email protected] mentioning: first name …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: German space policy: the need for a strategy and a corresponding legislation

by K.-P. Ludwig, Sonay Sarac, Dr. Christian Langenbach – DGLR-Space Science & Application In view of Germany’s specific role in the international markets for space products and services, in which national organisations have long been active as well-positioned providers and diverse users -, consideration has been given for years to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: From Safety to Security – 2020 Project Ploughshares Survey Report

by Jessica West and Gilles Doucet Thank-you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey on space norms that Gilles Doucet and I organized in May and June of this year. The feedback that we received was incredibly detailed and thoughtful. Reading through the comments felt like having …

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