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‘Rapid Action Coronavirus Earth observation’ dashboard, also known as RACE, now live

In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document planet-wide changes in the environment and human society. The wealth of these agencies’ collective information …

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ICEYE Now Contributing to the International Disasters Charter

The Finnish New Space company ICEYE is now providing radar imaging data from its commercial synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for use in monitoring and response activities. ICEYE provides these images at no cost to the Charter’s Authorised Users to enable wider …

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Airbus and ESA sign agreement to continue ISS operations

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed an annual renewal contract with Airbus on continuing the operation and use of European components on the International Space Station (ISS). The contract is worth around €16 million. For astronauts conducting research on the ISS, it is essential that all systems function reliably. …

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Canada looks to Canadian company MDA to build Gateway Canadarm3 for Artemis Deep Space Missions

Canada is taking another important step forward in its participation in the next chapter of Moon exploration. Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced Canada intends to enter into a contract with Brampton-based company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Inc. (MDA) to build Canadarm3. This smart …

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Jessy Kate Schingler on Lunar Policy

In this week’s Space Cafe Web Talk, Jessy Kate Schingler, Director of Policy and Governance for the Open Lunar Foundation, and a founding convener of the Moon Dialogs shared some food for thoughts on lunar policy and future governance models. Jessy Kate Schingler talked about the rise of lunar policy, …

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Japan’s Interstellar Technologies’ Private Rocket Launch Fails

A private rocket from a Japanese firm, Interstellar Technologies, failed to launch on Sunday.  At 5:15 a.m. on Sunday in the town of Taiki-cho, Hokkaido, the Interstellar rocket, “Momo-F5”, experienced an anomaly approximately 68-70 seconds after launch. The “Momo-F5” rocket’s engine nozzle broke, causing the rocket to lose balance. In …

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Lunapolitics: US, Russia, Japan, Canada, and European Space Agency To Hold Lunar Talks On 9 June

By John B. Sheldon The heads of the space agencies from the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada, and the European Space Agency (ESA) are scheduled to meet on 9 June 2020 via video conference in order to discuss cooperation on lunar exploration and the International Space Station (ISS). The meeting …

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Lunapolitics: Russia And China Mull Lunar Base Cooperation

By John B Sheldon Russia and China are currently in talks to pool their resources for joint lunar operations, according to several Russian and international news media sources. The two countries are believed to have created a bilateral working group to draw up plans for a shared base on the …

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SpaceWatchGL Feature: The Space Law Context of the Artemis Accords (Part 2)

By Christopher Johnson (Part 1 of this article was published on 27 May. You can read it here). Developing and Expanding International Space Law As mentioned in Part One of this article, international space law is a modest, open regime, subject to expansion and clarification. At the international multilateral level, …

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SpaceWatchGL Feature: The Space Law Context Of The Artemis Accords (Part 1)

By Christopher Johnson On 15 May 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine gave the first public presentation of the Artemis Accords, a NASA initiative to develop consistent and effective norms for the Artemis Program lunar missions to be conducted in partnership with space agencies around the world.  As these accords are …

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