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#SpaceWatchGL Share: Africa is investing more money in space and satellite industry

Highlights Over USD 4 billion have been spent on satellite development in Africa up till date. For 2020, African governments budgeted an estimated USD 490 million towards their space programme compared to USD 250 million in 2019. African would have launched at least 110 Satellites by 2024 compared to the …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Renato Krpoun on Swiss Space Innovation

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Renato Krpoun, Head of the Swiss Space Office at the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI, Switzerland talked about Swiss innovation in space. Renato Krpoun shared his thoughts about the Space ecosystem in Switzerland, and the potential of small space-faring nations. He talked about …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: What Bedouins can teach us about Space Sustainability 

by Alyssa Goessler  Sustainability has been practiced as a precondition for survival by many indigenous groups throughout the span of history. For those of us concerned with sustainability in space—or “the ability of all humanity to continue to use outer space for peaceful purposes and socioeconomic benefit over the long …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 9 with Moriba Jah Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 9th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Moriba Jah on space debris, and why it may be too late Episode 009 features special guest Moriba Jah. Astrodynamicist Moriba Jah is one of the most dazzling figures on the international space scene, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: the Space Law Games begin

by Christopher Newman and Ralph ‘Dinz’ Dinsley Monday 10th August 2020 saw the commencement of the first event in the Space Law Games, an event focusing on a fictional rendezvous and proximity operation (RPO) for a mission extension occurring in Geostationary orbit. The Space Law Games is a collaborative endeavor …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Europe’s Space Electric Propulsion Budget

by Manuel La Rosa Betancourt The recent decision of the EPIC Consortium to give priority to national agency programs for incremental technologies by cutting funding for much-needed disruptive technologies in half demands an open discussion on the budget for electric propulsion (EP) proposed by the Consortium. The budget redistributes 8 …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Kenneth Hodgkins on Global Space Economy

In this week’s Space Cafè WebTalk, Kenneth Hodgkins, President of International Space Enterprise Consultants in Virginia talked about his wide-ranging thoughts on working towards a shared vision for our future global space economy, with a focus on international space policy and law. With 40 years of US Government experience, he is …

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Advisory Board on Space Resources appoints Étienne Schneider as member

Established in 2017 as part of the implementation of the SpaceResources.lu initiative strategy, the core function of the Advisory Board on Space Resources is to support the government on topics related to the exploration and use of resources available in space. Facilitated and managed by the Luxembourg Space Agency, this …

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The IAC 2020 Technical Program goes Virtual

The International Astronautical Federation’s annual event, the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), has been at the center of innovation for the space community for 70 years. As such, the annual event plays an important role to allow space professionals and the young generation to disseminate their research and develop collaborations. The …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: African States’ and International Space Treaties

by Nelly-Helen Neji Ebruka As often said, when men reached for the stars, lawyers reached for their books. After Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight in 1957, the international community through the United Nations deemed it pertinent to agree on certain principles and rules to regulate outer space affairs. Space exploration …

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