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Dubai sees major growth potential for UAE from space economy

Dubai, 15 September 2020. – Space industry could become one of the United Arab Emirate (UAE)’s most promising sectors and a key pillar of economic growth over the next 50 years, a whitepaper released by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry concluded. The report, titled ”Space Economy Investment Opportunities for …

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Space Café Podcast Episode 011 Featuring Sara Langston Is Now Available

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 11th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Sara Langston – Teaching the next generation of space travelers Episode 011 features special guest Sara Langston. Sara Langston teaches at the time-honored Embry Riddle flight school and knows what astronauts had to endure …

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Viasat expands its residential Internet service in Brazil

Sao Paulo, 15 September 2020. – Viasat expands its high-quality residential internet service to 14 additional states in Brazil, the global communications company announced Tuesday. Viasat launched its Brazil residential service in seven states and the Federal District in July, the company said. “With its latest expansion, Viasat now offers …

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Exolaunch delivers Würzburg Center for Telematics’ NetSat constellation into orbit

Berlin, September 15th, 2020. – The Würzburg Center for Telematics, an independent research center in Germany, and Exolaunch, a rideshare launch and deployment solutions provider, signed a launch agreement for the NetSat nano-satellite constellation, Exolaunch and its partner announced on Tuesday. Exolaunch will coordinate all launcher related activities, including satellite …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspective: Next Gen ESA by Michal Szaniawski

by Michal Szaniawski, President of Polish Space Agency On 26 August 2020, SpaceWatch.Global Editor in Chief Markus Payer started a dialogue about the next generation ESA here. We reached out to representatives in all ESA memberstates and beyond to get their feedback on that topic. Here we publish their perspectives.  …

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New small satellite Janus mission to study binary asteroids

Denver, 15 September 2020. – Lockheed Martin is working with the University of Colorado Boulder on a space mission to capture the first-ever closeup look at binary asteroids, the company said in a news release on 10 September. Binary asteroids, this “mysterious class of solar system objects”, are pairs of asteroids that …

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ESA awards €129.4 million contract to planetary defence mission Hera

Darmstadt, 15 September 2020. – The European Space Agency (ESA)  awarded a €129.4 million contract covering the design, manufacturing and testing of Hera, the space agency’s first mission for planetary defence, ESA announced today. The contract was signed by Franco Ongaro, ESA Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, and Marco …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: NASA’s regolith solicitation: perhaps more than even they expected

by Daniel Porras* Last week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein announced a solicitation for proposals for the collection of lunar regolith by private companies. This surprising announcement is yet another part of NASA’s efforts to return to the Moon (with the first woman and next man) and establish a sustained presence …

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NASA invites companies to collect Moon “dirt” or rocks and sell it to the U.S. space agency

Washington, DC, 10 September 2020. – NASA invites commercial companies to collect small amounts of Moon “dirt” or rocks and hand it out to the U.S. space agency, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Thursday in a blog. “The requirements we’ve outlined are that a company will collect a small …

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Astroscale UK appoints Sharon Parker-Lines as Operations Director

London/Tokyo, 2 September, 2020. – Astroscale Ltd., the UK subsidiary of Astroscale Holdings Inc., Japan, the market-leader in securing long-term orbital sustainability, announced the strengthening of its management team with the appointment of Sharon Parker-Lines as UK Operations Director effective 1 September 2020. Sharon joins Astroscale with more than 20 …

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