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Viasat to step up and buy Inmarsat for $7.3 billion

Viasat wants to buy Inmarsat from private investors for $7.3 billion, the satellite operator announced. The takeover creates the largest satellite operator in the world, with a combined revenue of probably close to $4 billion. Inmarsat was acquired by a consortium consisting of Apax Partners, Warburg Pincus, the CPP Investment Board and the Ontario Techers´ Pension Plan in December 2019.

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Redwire acquires space biotech firm Techshot

The space tech company Redwire acquired the biotech company Techshot, specialized on microgravity, bioprinting, and on-orbit manufacturing for commercial space-based research and development. This acquisition aligns with Redwire's growth strategy to leverage strategic investments to scale in-space manufacturing in LEO which will directly impact the sustainability of future human spaceflight

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CNES CEO Baptiste pushes for French agency’s reorganization

The CEO of the French space agency CNES, Philippe Baptiste, is pushing ahead with the reorganization of the agency, the French newspaper La Tribune reports. The reorganization of CNES entered a new phase with discussions between the unions and management, the paper reports. Baptiste has chosen to push CNES towards a matrix organization

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Terran Orbital to list at NYSE next year, valuing it at $1.58 billion

The smallsat startup Terran Orbital will go public through the merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), valuing it at $1.58 billion, the company said. Terran entered in a business combination with Tailwind Two Acquisition Corp and wants to list at the New York Stock Exchange under the name Terran Orbital Corporation.

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ABL Space raises $200 million, raising value to $2.4 billion

The low-cost launcher ABL Space Systems raised $200 million in additional funding from its existing investors, bringing its valuation to $2.4 billion. The company said it intends to use the capital raised to scale production of its RS1 launch vehicle and for research and development, but it did not disclose further details.

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Airbus Ventures invests in ispace’s lunar landers

The lunar lander startup ispace receives a Series C injection from Airbus Ventures, the company said, bringing the total amount raised to approximately $200 million. The funds from ispace’s Series C investment round are going to its second lunar mission, which is planned to launch in 2023, as well as to support the development of its Series 2 lunar lander for its third mission,

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Ariane 5 breaks world record for GTO mass injection

Arianespace has launched another Ariane 5 from ArianeGroup with two giant satellites on board and broke the record of the largest total mass injected with a single flight into the geostationary transfer orbit. For its 111th launch, flight number VA255 from Kourou, French Guiana, Ariane 5 executed the “highest performing flight by any launcher to geostationary transfer orbit”.

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