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#PLASUS21: PLANETARY SUSTAINABILITY 21 WORKSHOP

Humans are setting out for the stars. Our space environment is being used more and more intensively, mega-constellations are beginning to light up the night sky and disrupt science. Junk is accumulating in the more heavily used Earth orbits. Several countries now want to go to the Moon, and this time plan to use its resources.

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Date set for the European STM Conference for 7 July 2021

At its fourth meeting on 21 April 2021, the preparatory group for the European Space Traffic Management (STM) Conference set 7 July 2021 as the date for this event in virtual format. “With the progress we made at the hearing in March and the mapping we conducted at our preparatory group meeting this week, we are well prepared for an early July date” said Kai-Uwe Schrogl,

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Space Travel Reality Show Partnered With NASA, Featured On Colbert

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Space Travel Reality Show Partnered With NASA, Featured On Colbert”, originally published 13 April 2021 at Forbes by Laurel Donnellan. Space Hero will be the world's first global competition to send a civilian into space on a $55M, 10-day trip to the International Space Station.

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Moon missions generate $42bn over next decade, NSR says

Paris, 22 April 2021. – Moon missions will generate more than $42 billion of revenue for the international space sector, NSR newest Moon Markets Analysis report found. The report forecasts 140 Moon Missions launching over the next decade to generate $42.3 billion, NSR said. Major growth areas include orbital and surface infrastructure building.

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Experts wary of space debris while SpaceX denies “close call” with OneWeb

Paris, 21 April 2021. – European space experts call for a better control of space debris and regulation of space traffic, the Financial Times (FT) reports. The launch of thousands of new satellites in ‘mega-constellations’ to improve global internet access will exacerbate the growing problem of space debris, the FT quoted experts from a conference of the European Space Agency (ESA) yesterday.

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Spire Global works with Findus to track space debris

Paris, 21 April 2021. – The Austrian new space investor Findus Venture works with the startup Spire Global to “tackle the growing problem of space debris”, the companies announced. They signed a second partnership agreement to launch the ADLER-2 satellite that aims to “further enhance orbital debris monitoring in low earth orbit, and expand novel atmospheric sensing capabilities".

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Space Café Summit 02 Recap “Occupy Space – Where are we going?”

Can regulation match innovation in a space race? 3 experts discuss  - The space race never ended. In fact, it just got a whole lot faster - Space engineering has always been a fundamentally future thinking activity, but in recent years mass investment in the industry coupled with technological development has been like a shot in the arm.

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US Intelligence expects China to expand space weapons

Paris, 19 April 2021. – China intends to expand its destructive anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon arsenal to target U.S. satellites, the annual report of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) concluded.„China has already fielded ground-based ASAT missiles intended to destroy satellites in LEO and ground-based ASAT lasers probably intended to blind or damage sensitive space-based optical sensors on LEO satellites,” the unclassified report published last week found.

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