TOP STORIES: APRIL 2020

30 April 2020

Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for April:

Social distancing app uses space to save lives

A free app that helps people observe social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus is about to launch. Devised by LanterneAI, an ESA BIC UK startup, it uses satellite data and AI to identify where people are congregating anywhere in the world. Read more on the ESA website.

Crowdless App. Credit: Lanterne AI

EU Space Response to Coronavirus

Learn about the EU Space response to Coronavirus on this dedicated webpage.

ESPInsights – Issue 5

Download the latest issue #ESPInsights – Issue 5 at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI). It looks into Space Policy and Programmes with a focus on the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, its initial impact on the space sector and the significant contributions coming from space.

ESPInsights – Issue 5 (Q1 2020). Credit: ESPI

The Golden 20s: The German NewSpace age is taking off

What is the state of the German NewSpace economy in early 2020? NewSpaceVision gives an insight in their blog.

Credit: NewSpaceVision

Equatorial Space signs letter of intent with UK’s Responsive Access

Singapore’s Equatorial Space announced on 17 April 2020 that it has signed a letter of intent to work with Scottish launch aggregator Responsive Access, on finding customers for launches of its small satellite launch vehicle.

Read more at SpaceWatchGlobal.

The team at Equatorial Space. Photo courtesy of Equatorial Space.

Trump signs executive order to support moon mining, tap asteroid resources

The water ice and other lunar resources that will help the United States establish a long-term human presence on the Moon are there for the taking, the White House believes.

Read more at Space.com.

UAE Mars mission to ship to launch site

A Mars orbiter developed by the United Arab Emirates shipped to its launch site in Japan, its launch preparations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The UAE’s first Mars mission, an orbiter called Hope, is still scheduled for launch from Japan in July despite the pandemic. Credit: MBRSC

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