14 Mar 2019

Pentagon officially stands up Space Development Agency, names first director

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has officially established the Space Development Agency (SDA), assigning Fred Kennedy, the current director of the Tactical Technology Office, as the agency’s first director. According to a DoD memo, “[t]he SDA will define and monitor the Department’s future threat-driven space architecture and will accelerate

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21 Feb 2019

Israel to launch first privately funded moon mission

Israel is poised to become the fourth country to reach the moon, a feat that only the US, Russia, and China have pulled off so far. The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is partner in a mission that aims to land Beresheet, a robotic lander, on the lunar surface in order to

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18 Feb 2019

How realistic are China’s plans to colonize the moon?

After China’s recent success in landing a spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the country is planning three additional lunar missions that could lay the groundwork for China’s long term goal of establishing a lunar base. While this goal may strike some as a naive dream inspired by science-fiction

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17 Oct 2018

China’s Moon Missions Could Threaten US Satellites: Pentagon

“China’s lunar probes may one day threaten critical U.S. satellites, said one of the military’s top experts on space threats. In May, China launched the Chang’e 4 lunar relay satellite on an unusual trajectory: a lunar swing-by that pulled the satellite in a wide arc before settling it into a ‘parking orbit’

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06 Jun 2018

A “Hybrid Approach” to the Weaponization of Space and New Opportunities for Cooperation

An upcoming international conference in Vienna to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space seeks to “consider the future course of global space cooperation for the benefit of humankind.” This conference comes at a time where the weaponization of

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