SpaceTalks 4.0 - 2024

Policy and Law

Polaris signs Aurora spaceplane contract with German Bundeswehr

The German aerospace startup Polaris signed a four-month €250,000 contract with the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) to examine applications of its Aurora spaceplane for military observation missions, the company said. The contract allows for testing and validating the potentials of the reusable Aurora spaceplane in defense activities

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The Space Cafe Podcast #32: Jacques Arnould, a tricky question for the entire space industry

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 32nd episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Jacques Arnould, a tricky question for the entire space industry. Episode 032 features a special guest Jacques Arnould. Jacques Arnould is paid to ask uncomfortable questions. As an ethicist at the French space agency CNES

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Space Café Recap: “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” #4

In the latest Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, Steven Freeland and Torsten Kriening welcomed Elina Morozova and Andrzej Misztal at the wonderful ‘Coffee-Desk’ Café in Warsaw. Over blueberry cake, home-made cookies, croissants, and coffee, the panelists, along with a lively audience engaged in a revealing

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: GNOSIS CONFERENCE – The Case for Sustainability in Space

Space is changing – the near-Earth environment that was once principally used for largely strategic purposes by national governments is now increasingly being used for “tactical” applications by commercial companies. This creates a number of areas of potential contention – between different satellite operators competing for access to preferred orbital slots

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Keen to sign up for space tourism? Here are 6 things to consider (besides the price tag)

SpaceWatch.Global has been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Keen to sign up for space tourism? Here are 6 things to consider (besides the price tag)”, originally published 23 July 2021 at The Conversation by Steven Freeland.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 12 – 18 July 2021

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 12 – 18 July”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup!

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Debris – A Major Challenge for the Future of Humanity

This piece describes the challenges posed by the increasing proliferation of orbital space debris, as well as debris falling back to Earth. It describes how a ‘business as usual’ case going forward threatens to result in outer space becoming less accessible and navigable, thus compromising future space activities. It describes the existing legal and governance frameworks that has been developed

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: African Space Industry Revenue to Surpass USD 10.24 billion by 2024 Despite COVID-19 Setback

As the leading analytics and consulting company focusing on the African space and satellite industry, Space in Africa has released the African Space Industry Annual Report, 2021 Edition. The report was built on the two previous editions to analyse space activities across the continent, industry dynamics, and trends,

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 5 July – 11 July 2021

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 5 July – 11 July”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup!

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Addressing the limitations of our current approach to collision risk from space debris

The advent of large satellite constellations has focused attention on the risks associated with increasing activity in space. The growing space traffic and debris population, which results in more conjunctions, has made apparent the limitations of our collision avoidance capabilities and processes.

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