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Space Sustainability

#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: In Orbit Servicing

There are currently more than 11,000 satellites in LEO and GEO, and only about 3,000 of those are active, this means that there are over 8,000 deactivated satellites. But space is booming, and in 2020 the world registered the highest number of satellites launched per year, with a record of 1,283 which represents 42% of all active satellites now in orbit.

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Brussels – Niklas Nienass

In this Space Café Radio – on tour in Brussels at the European Commission, SpaceWatch.Global Event coordinator and Space Cafe Benelux Host Chiara Moenter spoke with Niklas Nienass, German politician of the Alliance 90/The Greens and Member of the European Parliament about the need for space sustainability, international and national space strategies, and the need for space legislation.

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Space Café Russia Recap: A conversation on the safety of space traffic and prospects for its regulation

The latest episode of Space Café Russia by Elina Morozova, which is now on air with simultaneous translation into English, featured Vladimir Agapov, General Designer of joint-stock company Astronomical Scientific Center, Alexander Solntsev, Deputy Head of the Department of International Law at RUDN University, and Valentin Uvarov, CEO of Climate Monitoring Systems LLC.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Space Sustainability Is Not Passive

On November 14th of last year, Russia deliberately destroyed one of its satellites as a test of a new anti-satellite weapon (ASAT). According to a US State Department press briefing, “this test has so far generated over fifteen hundred pieces of trackable orbital debris and will likely generate hundreds of thousands of pieces of smaller orbital debris.”

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40 Starlink satellites get lost in geomagnetic storm

Up to 40 of the 49 Starlink satellites launched last Thursday will re-enter, or have already done so, due to a geomagnetic storm, SpaceX reported. A coronal mass ejection hit Earth’s magnetic field two days before launch but the weak impact did not trigger remarkable geomagnetic activity.

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Greg Wyler’s E-Space raises $50 million in funding 

E-Space announced it has closed the “largest seed funding round in space technology history” with a $50 million investment led by Prime Movers Lab. E-Space, the startup behind Rwanda’s filing for a constellation of 300,000 satellites is Greg Wyler’s latest space venture. He also founded O3b Networks and OneWeb previously.

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Brussels –Josef Aschbacher

In this Space Café Radio – on tour in Brussels at the 14th European Space Conference in the Egmont Palace, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Josef Aschbacher, Director General of the European Space Agency ESA about the strategic accelerators, Space for a green future, Rapid and resilient crisis response and Protection of space assets.

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US rejects accusation of Starlink endangering China’s space station

The United States has refuted China’s diplomatic accusation that SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have endangered its crewed space station, in an official note verbale to the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs in Vienna. Beijing issued their note verbale in December to the same UN office.

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Turion Space and NanoAvionics on reconnaissance mission

Turion Space has selected NanoAvionics’ small satellite bus MP42 as the basis for its ‘Droid-1’ spacecraft. Droid-1 is designed for reconnaissance missions in low Earth orbit (LEO) and is to launch in Q1 2023. The satellite will be capable of taking extremely accurate measurements of space objects using its onboard sensors.

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