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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Moon missions: exciting times coming

by Joshua Carlson It is an exciting time for space enthusiasts, particularly those who aim for economic development of the Moon. The Moon is awash in new flights, plans, and missions over the next decade – and very likely, far beyond that. A recent graphic by the ESA captures the …

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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk “33 minutes With Dr. Natalia Archinard” On 22 September 2020

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative Space Café WebTalk featuring Dr. Natália Archinard, Deputy Head of the Science, Education, Transport and Space Section at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and Chair of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). …

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Astrobotic awarded over $1 million to advance CubeRover payloads

Astrobotic has been awarded two contracts by NASA to support the development of payloads for future delivery on its 4U and 6U CubeRovers— presented as the world’s first line of commercial lunar rovers. CubeRovers are standardized and scalable, providing planetary surface mobility services that support a variety of scientific and …

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Intelsat to acquire Gogo’s commercial aviation business

McLean, Virginia – August 31, 2020 – Intelsat (OTC: INTEQ), operator of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the commercial aviation business of Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the largest global provider of in-flight broadband …

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SpaceX to Launch Masten Lunar Mission in 2022

Masten Space Systems announced that it has selected SpaceX to launch Masten Mission One (MM1). As part of MM1, Masten’s lunar lander will deliver nine NASA-sponsored science and technology demonstration experiments and several commercial payloads to the lunar south pole. “Having SpaceX’s proven launch success behind us is not only …

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#SpaceWatchGL Perspectives: Next Gen ESA: What’s the vision?

by Markus Payer, Editor-in-Chief of SpaceWatch.Global When ESA’s Director General Jan Woerner started his last 12 months at the helm of the European Space Agency end of June, he wrote a blog that witnessed a certain impatience and urgency about the future and direction of the organization. “We are at …

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Blue Origin-led team delivers Lunar Lander engineering mockup To NASA

The Blue Origin-led Human Landing System (HLS) National Team, comprised of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, delivered an engineering mockup of a crew lander vehicle that could take American astronauts to the Moon. The lander is set up in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (SVMF), NASA Johnson …

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The Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule approved to land in Australia

The Australian Government has given the all clear to Japan’s space agency to land its capsule carrying samples from a 4.5 billion year old asteroid in the South Australian outback. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has formally approved the return of JAXA’s Hayabusa2 near Woomera later this year. …

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ispace raises $28 Million in Series B Funding, announces Lunar Data Business

ispace, along with IF SPV 1st Investment Partnership (managed by Incubate Fund) as the lead investor, Space Frontier Fund (managed by Sparks Innovation for Future), Takasago Thermal Engineering, and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, announced that ispace raised approximately $28 million (USD)[1] from the four organizations for its Series B investment round. …

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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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