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    Impact of Covid-19 on Space Exploration

    I've just seen in another thread that Bigelow Aerospace has laid off all employees. Meanwhile, SpaceX seems to be working away in Texas. SpaceX is also supposed to be sending two astronauts to the ISS in May. Is that wise? Are they being isolated in the meantime? Any other impacts you guys are aware of?
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    Not looking for it now, but in one article I read, it mentioned there is a normal quarantine time and procedure for astronauts which has been extended and enhanced for this virus.

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    Reduced USSF staff for first launch.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-03-space-...ecautions.html
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    Coronavirus helps sink Bigelow Space.

    https://spacenews.com/bigelow-aerosp...ire-workforce/
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    COVID-19 helps KO Euro-Russian Mars missions.

    https://phys.org/news/2020-03-exomars-red-planet.html
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    ESA scales down missions in current operation due to COVID-19

    https://scitechdaily.com/european-sp...d-19-pandemic/
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    The SAOCOM-1B launch on Falcon 9 for CONAE of Argentina has been delayed due to shelter-in-place down there for civilian staff and air transport restrictions.

    SpaceX seems to be covered under the March 22, 2020 Defense Industrial Base Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Memo and is still working.

    https://media.defense.gov/2020/Mar/2...FORCE-MEMO.PDF

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    OneWeb, a satellite startup, blames coronavirus for collapse and bankruptcy.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52070949
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger E. Moore View Post
    OneWeb, a satellite startup, blames coronavirus for collapse and bankruptcy.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52070949
    Yeah from what I've ready coronavirus may have been the final straw but they had been struggling for some time. The question is are they far enough along on their satellite network to be an attractive proposition for someone to buy them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garrison View Post
    Yeah from what I've ready coronavirus may have been the final straw but they had been struggling for some time. The question is are they far enough along on their satellite network to be an attractive proposition for someone to buy them?
    I think the only suitor would be Bezos & Amazon, buying it only for the frequency allocation for use with their Kuiper constellation.

    SpaceX already has their allocation, and they're building & launching satellites.

    AFAIK Teledesic (Canada) hasn't chosen a satellite builder.

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    COVID-19 ruins Hubble celebration plans

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    BepiColombo flyby on schedule despite pandemic

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    GPS launch delayed by SpaceX/USSF

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    Russia has suspended Soyuz-2 production. These are used for Soyuz TMA and Progress launches. ArianeSpace uses them for satellite launches.

    https://spacenews.com/russia-suspend...d-coronavirus/

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    In the medium term, there will be a lot of financial damage. Tax revenues have dropped and expenses have risen; austerity is likely to adversely affect space spending.
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