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The COSPAR Task Group on establishing a Constellation of Small Satellites (TGCSS) will hold three webinars to explore this concept. The Asia/Oceania sector took place 29 September 2020, and the American zone webinar took place 2 September. Watch the respective videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMEV25pxD7U and https://youtu.be/G0VBgGCaaKw. Q&As from the Asia/Oceania town hall may be read here. The European/Mid-East/Africa sector will follow with dates still to be determined. To anticipate attendance levels, those interested in the European/Mid-East/Africa webinar should express their interest by sending a message to COSPAR.
Free to read through end 2020, the top five most cited articles published in 2018 and 2019.
COSPAR congratulates the laureates of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. All have published in Advances in Space Research (ASR), and we invite you to read for free a selection of these papers.
The COSPAR Bureau approved an updated Policy on Planetary Protection on 17 June 2020. The updated version of the policy and an introductory note are published in Space Research Today, No 208, August 2020, Pages 10-22. The Introductory Note and the most recent version of the COSPAR Policy on Planetary Protection are also available from the Panel on Planetary Protection (PPP) web page.
The COSPAR Panel for Capacity Building (PCB) is trying to establish a long-term capacity building project together with the International Satellite Program in Research and Education (INSPIRE), based on the development and scientific exploitation of small satellites. This project aims to enable space hardware and instrumentation development and to provide guidance on best practices for hardware development, sustainable space activities, and crafting space policy among emerging space nations. See here for more details.
Pascale Defraigne (Belgium), Jianghui Geng (China), John Bosco Habarulema (South Africa), Koji Mukai (USA), Yuichi Otsuka (Japan), Elijah Oyeyemi (Nigeria), Jacek Paziewski (Poland), Michael Pezzopane (Italy), Ilya Usoskin (Finland), Ningbo Wang (China).
Full article to follow in the April issue of Space Research Today (SRT).
LSSR Special issue on Planetary Protection: New Aspects of Policy and Requirements, Vol 23 November 2019, just published.