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Virgin Galactic Prepare for Move to New Mexico HQ

At a press conference last week, Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson announced that Virgin Galactic’s development and testing program had advanced sufficiently to move the spaceline staff and space vehicles from Mojave, California to their commercial operations headquarters at Spaceport America, New Mexico. The move, which involves more than 100 …

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#SpaceWatchGL Interviews: Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of the European Space Policy Institute

With space nations such as China and the United States forging ahead with ambitious plans, where does Europe stand in the global space community? Can Europe successfully compete and is there a willingness to collaborate with other nations? Torsten Kriening sat down with Jean-Jacques Tortora, Director of the European Space Policy …

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Portugal Establishes National Space Agency Based In The Azores

Portugal has become the latest country to establish a national space agency. The new entity, called Portugal Space, will be headquartered in the Azores island of Santa Maria, the site of a proposed spaceport and a European Space Agency (ESA) Estrack tracking and telemetry station. Portugal Space was formally established …

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Northumbria University Leads 60-day Study to Improve Astronauts’ Health

Astronauts spending time in space experience significant deconditioning of their bodies due to the reduced gravity environment. Their muscles become smaller and weaker, and their bones lose density. The ‘bedrest study’ is supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA and German Aerospace Centre (DLR). It will take place until …

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Falcon Heavy Launch Lofts Arabsat-6A and Achieves Historic Triple Rocket Landing

SpaceX is celebrating this morning after its Falcon heavy rocket launched the Arabsat 6-A communications satellite and also achieved a triple rocket landing in the process. The Falcon Heavy launched the Arabsat satellite yesterday at 6.35pm from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on its first commercial mission. The satellite was deployed …

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Space Robotics Market to Surpass $3.5bn by 2025

The space robotics market is predicted to hike from USD 2 billion in 2018 to around USD 3.5 billion by 2025, according to a 2019 Global Market Insights, Inc. report. The market is experiencing rapid technical development owing to the integration of AI technologies into systems developed for space exploration. Several companies are developing AI-based robots …

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UAE Space Agency Signs MoU With Virgin Galactic For Al Ain Operations

Dr. Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, and George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company (TSC), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that outlines cooperation across a range of areas including plans to bring Virgin Galactic spaceflights to the UAE for education, science …

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NSR Predicts Significant Growth of In-Orbit Servicing Market Over Next Decade

NSR’s In-Orbit Servicing Markets, 2nd Edition (IoSM2) report forecasts $4.5 billion in cumulative revenues from In-Orbit Satellite Services by 2028. While growth is anticipated across all applications in all orbits, GEO satellite life extension will yield the largest share of revenues. As more LEO constellations start to launch, NGEO players …

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Reaction Engines Takes Step Forward Following Design Review

The development programme of the world’s first air-breathing rocket engine from UK-based Reaction Engines, has taken an additional significant step forward, which will lead to major testing milestones being undertaken within the next 18 months. ESA, together with the UK Space Agency (UKSA) recently reviewed the preliminary design of the …

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