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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: No Tardigrades Here by Laura Montgomery

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Laura Montgomery, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “No Tardigrades Here”, originally published 22 August 2019. No, a tardigrade is not what you get when you’re late to class.  It’s a microbial “water bear.”  It’s …

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ESA Searches for Ideas on Exploration of Lunar Caves

The European Space Agency (ESA) is asking for ideas on how to explore lunar caves. While the surface of the Moon has been well-documented with cameras onboard several satellite missions, relatively little is known about the presence and nature of subsurface cavities. In volcanic areas of the lunar maria, planetary …

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Astrobotic Selects United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur Rocket to Launch its First Mission to the Moon

Astrobotic has selected United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket in a competitive commercial procurement to launch its Peregrine lunar lander to the Moon in 2021. “We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This contract with ULA was the result of a highly …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “How India is catching up with China with the launch of Chandrayaan-2”, originally published 22 July 2019. On the day of India’s Chandrayaan 2 mission, …

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#SpaceWatchGL Themes: ESPI Executive Summary – Commercial Space Exploration

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Executive Brief “Commercial Space Exploration”, originally published in July 2019. Please read here an excerpt: Toward a Paradigm Shift? Despite multiple attempts to foster …

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ispace Selected by European Space Agency to Support Lunar Mission

ESA PROSPECT Project

ispace Europe has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a programme which seeks to extract water on the Moon. PROSPECT — which stands for Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation — is a payload package being developed by ESA …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Krystal Wilson of Secure World Foundation about Summit for Space Sustainability

Last March, Secure World Foundation was pleased to announce the inaugural Summit for Space Sustainability, to be held in Washington, DC on June 25-26, 2019. Our creation of the Summit was driven by the rapid growth in both the number and diversity of space actors, the emergence of new kinds …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. John Mankins of the Moon Village Association and Mankins Space Technology, Inc.

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, we couldn’t think of a better feature than SpaceWatch.Global’s Editor, Chaitanya Gopal’s interview with  Dr. John Mankins of the Moon Village Association (MVA) to discuss the ways in which this NGO is looking at the best ways of establishing a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Ole Dokka of Spaceport Norway

On September 4-5 2019 the global space scene will meet in Trondheim, Norway for the 3rd edition of the SpacePort Norway event. SpaceWatch.Global’s Torsten Kriening had the chance to sit together with Ole Dokka, Executive Director, Spaceport Norway, to learn more about the upcoming event. Thanks for your time for …

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PTScientists Continues Moon Mission Despite Preliminary Bankruptcy

Berlin space start-up, PTScientists filed for bankruptcy on Friday, July 5, 2019, with the competent district court, Charlottenburg, Berlin. This was due to unplanned delays in the acquisition of further incentives and subsidies for the planned Moon mission. The resulting liquidity shortage made the application legally necessary. Lawyer Sascha Feies …

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