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Japanese Billionaire Caps Record Space Tourism Year

By Tom Roeder troeder@SpaceFoundation.org The first self-funded space tourist to reach the International Space Station in more than a decade reached his destination aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule Wednesday.  Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa paid $88 million for the ride, the BBC reported, and was accompanied on the trip by documentary filmmaker Yozo Hirano. Their…

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Nation in Review: Germany

Nation in Review: German Space Economy German domestic space spending in 2019 increased by over 30% from 2018, reaching €1.3 billion ($1.529 billion). Contributions to ESA increased 3.6% to €944 billion ($1.097 billion) over that same period. Germany’s overall space spending has increased by 56% since 2009’s €1.45 billion ($1.7 billion) in annual spending. That…

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2019 Space Employment Hit 8-Year High, Launch Activity Reached Decade Growth of 39%, Research from The Space Report 2020 Q1 Analysis Shows

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2020) — Across multiple fronts, the space industry heading into 2020 was the strongest in years, with gains in space industry jobs, new nations entering space, and record-level research and investor activity through International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory programs. Those are among the new findings in The Space Report…

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