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US DOD’s thrust on in-space robotics for automated on orbit robotic satellite servicing for space security

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Current commercial satellite systems are inflexible assets whose capability is defined during early purchase negotiations and becomes fixed at launch. Launch vehicle constraints on payload launch mass and volume severely limit resulting operational performance. A new deployment paradigm is needed for space operations to separate the operational spacecraft configuration from the constraints of …

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China to become global space power by 2040 in space exploration and mining to military space capabilities

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China is hoping to achieve a “major breakthrough” in its space program by 2040 — including the development of nuclear-powered space shuttles that will allow for the mining of asteroids and “large-scale space exploration” — state-run media have reported.  China foresees itself becoming a leader in aerospace by 2045. President Xi Jinping …

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Large growth in Microsatellites and Nanosatellites spurred by Space Internet, Navigation, Remote sensing and Military

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) set a new record in space mission achievements after it successfully launched 104 satellites in one go from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, on 15 Feb 2017.  The PSLV-C37/Cartosat2 Series satellite mission included the primary satellite (Cartosat-2) and 101 international …

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