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HawkEye 360 Raises Series D Funding for Satellite Architecture

HawkEye 360 Inc. has announced that it has closed $58 million in new funding to develop new space systems and expand analytics that support high-value defense missions. This Series D-1 enjoyed participation from BlackRock, Manhattan Venture Partners, and existing investors, including Insight Partners, NightDragon, Strategic Development Fund (SDF), Razor’s Edge, Alumni Ventures, and Adage Capital.

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Andoya Prepares to Build Norway’s First Spaceport

Andøya Spaceport is building Norway’s first spaceport on Andøya, from where it can launch payloads with orbital launch vehicles into polar and sun-synchronous orbits. The Spaceport will provide the ground infrastructure for launch operator companies to launch small satellites into orbit. Furthermore, the initial capability includes a new launch pad, an integration hall where users can assemble and integrate their payloads into the rockets. The facility will also offer control rooms for operating tests, launch operations, and range activities.

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ISRO Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-3 Moon Mission

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully launched its third lunar mission, Chandrayaan-3, today, July 14, 2023, from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota. The payload launched aboard the Research Organization’s new heavy-lift launch vehicle LVM and is now on its way to the moon after getting to its precise orbit. 

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China Begins Construction of VLEO Satellite Constellation

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China has begun the construction of an ultra-low orbit satellite constellation, according to the developer China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC). CASIC disclosed this on Wednesday at the 9th China (International) Commercial Aerospace Forum in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, according to the local media. The constellation will reportedly comprise 300 communications and remote-sensing satellites orbiting the globe, providing a global ultrafast response capability within 15 minutes.

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GSMA and ESA Launch Communications Innovation Partnership

The GSMA and European Space Agency (ESA) have signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to bring the mobile and satellite industries closer together to collaborate on developing new, innovative satellite and terrestrial network technologies. The partnership aims to further strengthen the competitiveness of both mobile and satellite network industries by creating an ecosystem that can fast-track the development of new complementary technology solutions for businesses and consumers

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UK Space Agency Announces Fund for Aerial Connectivity

Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Chloe Smith, has announced £20 million in funding from the UK Space Agency to support the development of future telecommunications technologies and aerial connectivity projects. The project would subsequently be onboard drones or high-altitude platforms to provide wireless coverage

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