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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: The UAE and “the next frontier”​ – why we are keen to develop our space program, and doing so in a hurry

By Talal Al Kaissi How things began, and where they are now: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has long looked to space as a domain we would like to make a meaningful contribution to for a variety of reasons. A meeting between our late founder and President Sheikh Zayed with the Apollo …

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Orbital Transports Announces “Get Spaceborne” Service for In-Orbit Demonstration and Space Qualification

Orbital Transports, Inc. announced its new service Get SpaceborneTM today. Get SpaceborneTM is a great new resource for small satellite component manufacturers. Rather than requiring an expensive, dedicated mission for in-orbit testing and qualification, products being qualified will share a spacecraft bus with other hosted payloads. “Our turnkey service for in-orbit demonstration is …

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NASA Developing a Plan to Fly Personnel on Suborbital Spacecraft

For the first time in the agency’s history, NASA has initiated a new effort to enable NASA personnel to fly on future commercial suborbital spaceflights. NASA’s Flight Opportunities program has successfully worked with emerging commercial suborbital transportation systems to fly research payloads to space for short periods of microgravity time. …

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VIRGIN GALACTIC SIGNS SPACE ACT AGREEMENT WITH NASA FOR PRIVATE ORBITAL SPACEFLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE) (“Virgin Galactic” or “the Company”), a vertically integrated aerospace company, announced today the signing of a Space Act Agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Center to encourage commercial participation in orbital human spaceflight to the International Space Station (“ISS”) while enabling the development of a …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Holidays in space: is the SpaceX Demo-2 launch the primer to a large private spaceflight industry?

by Hamza Hameed and Brendan Rosseau On 30 May 2020, two American astronauts made history by taking part in the first crewed orbital flight ever operated by a private commercial launch service provider. The SpaceX Demo-2 launch marked an important moment in the development of a private space launch industry …

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SPACE PERSPECTIVE TO FLY PEOPLE AND PAYLOADS TO THE EDGE OF SPACE

Space Perspective announced its plans to fly passengers and research payloads to the edge of space with its Spaceship Neptune, a high-performance balloon and pressurized capsule. The human space flight company plans to launch from the iconic Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, with the …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: First space tourists will face big risks, as private companies gear up for paid suborbital flights

by Sara M. Langston, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University On May 30, 2020, millions of Americans watched the inaugural SpaceX Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts to the International Space Station. This mission marked two significant events: First, the return of launch to orbit capability for human spaceflight from the United States. Secondly, …

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Virgin Proposes At-The-Market Offering Of Shares Of Virgin Galactic Holdings By Vieco 10 Limited

Virgin Group, through its subsidiary Vieco 10 Limited, announced on 11 May 2020 that it may offer and sell up to 25,000,000 shares of its common stock in Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc., to or through Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as sales agent or principal. VGH filed an amendment to …

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Flight From Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic  and The Spaceship Company have announced the successful completion of its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America. This glide flight marks the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico and as such is an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. On SpaceShipTwo’s …

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