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20.12

ClearSpace-1 will be the first space mission to remove an item of debris from orbit, planned for launch in 2025. The mission is being procured as a service contract with a startup-led commercial consortium, to help establish a new market for in-orbit servicing, as well as debris removal.

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19.12

A Romanian student team has qualified for the final of the ESA Rocket/Balloon Experiments for University Students (REXUS/BEXUS) programme. The contest offers teams of students the possibility to fly their experiments to the edge of space on a sounding rocket or stratospheric balloon. The project of the team based at Politehnica University of Bucharest was selected to be flown in space aboard the REXUS29 rocket that will be launched from Sweden in March 2021.

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19.12

Following a rigorous selection process, the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected a new satellite mission to fill in a critical missing piece of the climate jigsaw. By measuring radiation emitted by Earth into space, FORUM will provide new insight into the planet’s radiation budget and how it is controlled.

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16.12

Cheops, the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite, is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz-Fregat rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 09:54 CET (10:54 Romanian time) on 17 December 2019. Cheops is ESA’s first mission dedicated to the study of extrasolar planets, or exoplanets. It will observe bright stars that are already known to host planets, measuring minuscule brightness changes due to the planet’s transit across the star’s disc.

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13.12

The International Astronautical Federation has announced the call for the Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme (ESL Grants), that enable 25 students and young professionals between age of 21 and 35 to participate in the International Astronautical Congress (IAC), as well as activities held the week prior to the Congress. The deadline to apply is 10 February 2020.

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