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Virgin Galactic Invites Aspiring Astronauts To Take “One Small Step” As Company Experiences Rocketing Global Demand

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. announced on 25 Febrary 2020 that in preparation for the re-opening of spaceflight sales, it is introducing the One Small Step initiative. The company formally closed its doors to new ticket sales after its history-making first space flight in December 2018. In addition to more than …

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SpaceX And Space Adventures Partner To Fly Space Tourists To Orbit On Crew Dragon Spacecraft

Building on the success of Crew Dragon’s first demonstration mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in March 2019 and the recent successful test of the spacecraft’s launch escape system, Space Adventures and SpaceX have entered into an agreement to fly private citizens on the first Crew Dragon free-flyer mission. …

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Virgin Galactic Captive Carry Test Flight Marks Relocation Of Spaceflight Operations To Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic successfully completed another vital step on its path to commercial service, relocating SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to its commercial headquarters at Spaceport America’s Gateway to Space building. VSS Unity, attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, made the journey from Mojave, California, where the company’s manufacturing facilities are based. The vehicle …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Barbara Belvisi, CEO and founder of Interstellar Lab

Barbara Belvisi is the CEO and founder of Interstellar Lab, a company that builds space-inspired villages here on Earth. Before starting such an unusual venture, she worked as an investor and co-founded a few STEM initiatives in Europe – namely Hello Tomorrow and Hardware Club. She then became the youngest …

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Virgin Galactic Successfully Assembles Second Spaceship For Commercial Operations

Virgin Galactic has reached the “Weight on Wheels” milestone in the build of its second commercial spaceship. In this milestone, all major structural elements of the vehicle were assembled, and the vehicle deployed its main landing gear and carried its own weight for the first time. The milestone signals strong …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: My 2019 in a review – by Ksenia Synkova

SpaceWatch.Global asked its staff and contributors to review 2019 and provide an outlook into 2020. These personal reviews are being published during the holiday season. This is Ksenia Synkova of SpaceWatch.Global. by Ksenia Synkova As we reflect on 2019 and look forward to a New Year, I would like to …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Dr. Khaled Al Hashmi of the UAE Space Agency

The UAE has great ambitions in space and is advancing rapidly, reaching impressive milestones all the time. This year, the UAE sent Hazza Al Mansouri, their first astronaut into space and the UAE Space Agency is developing a hyperspectral satellite as well as planning the Emirates Mars Mission. SpaceWatch.Global Editor, …

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UAE’s Mubadala Showcases Emirati Space And Aerospace Ventures At 2019 Dubai Airshow

Mubadala Investment Company, the Abu Dhabi-based global investor, will showcase the latest development across its diverse aerospace portfolio at Dubai Airshow 2019, which runs from 17-21 November 2019. Mubadala’s aerospace assets, which is comprised of wholly-owned national champions in manufacturing, industrial services and satellite communications, have rapidly scaled over the …

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UAE Unveils National Space Strategy 2030 And National Space Investment Plan

The UAE Space Agency, UAESA, has announced the details of its National Space Strategy 2030 and National Space Investment Plan, complementing the regulatory and legislative framework of the UAE’s national space sector and in line with the strategic objectives of the Agency. The announcement was made during an official ceremony …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: Here’s how the Emirati astronauts get fit and focused for the UAE’s first mission to space

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Livehealthy.ae, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. This is “Here’s how the Emirati astronauts get fit and focused for the UAE’s first mission to space”, originally published 16 September 2019 at Livehealthy.ae. The UAE is preparing to …

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