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2nd German Space Congress – Interview with Manuel La Rosa Betancourt

NeutronStar Systems is one of the hidden gems in German in the Space sector. Torsten Kriening, Publisher at SpaceWatch.Global talked to Manuel La Rosa Betancourt, CEO and Co-founder of NeutronStar at the 2nd German Space Congress in Berlin about their status and their challenges as a startup in Germany.

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Urban Sky Completes Series A Funding Round

Urban Sky, a stratospheric technology and remote sensing company, has announced an over-subscribed $9.75 million Series A financing round. New Legacy Ventures, Lerer Hippeau and Lavrock Ventures co-led the round, with participation from Catapult Ventures, Union Labs VC, DA Ventures (a Denver Angels Affiliate), and TenOneTen Ventures. The company will use the funding to scale its commercial imaging operation, develop advanced stratospheric technology, and broaden its sensor portfolio.

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Qatar Airways Selects Starlink for IFC Service

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways has announced a collaboration with Starlink and will roll out a complimentary high-speed, low-latency internet connectivity experience onboard specific aircraft and routes as a result. Once the service is active, passengers will be able to enjoy ultra-fast Wi-Fi speeds of up to 350 Megabits per second enabling various internet-based services. 

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Euroconsult and ICEYE to lead AEGIS² Consortium

Euroconsult and ICEYE will lead an Earth Observation (EO) consortium that results from a recent request by the European Commission for feasibility study proposals exploring the best way to implement a future satellite-enabled Earth-Observation service for government-authorized users at EU and EU Member States .

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Bright Ascension Raises Funding to Develop HELIX

Bright Ascension

Bright Ascension Ltd, a space software technology provider, has announced its successful acquisition of an additional £1.5m in funding through a bridging loan. This investment is an important milestone for the Company as it aims to ensure the seamless development of its innovative HELIX suite of software products as it nears its launch. Furthermore, the investment follows two successful fund-raising rounds, which the Company completed in August 2021 and January 2022which raised £1.5M of equity. 

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Space Cafe Radio – on the German Space Strategy – with Nicole Thalhofer

In this episode of Space Café Radio, SpaceWatch.Global’s publisher, Torsten Kriening, talks with Nicole Thalhofer, head of Space at the BDLI - German Aerospace Industries Association, about the new German Space Strategy, released at the end of September 2023. The strategy identifies nine fields of action for the German Federal Government. These action fields include: European and international cooperation, Space as a growth market - High-tech and New Space, Climate change, resources, and environmental protection, Digitalization, data, and downstream, Security, strategic capability, and global stability, Sustainable use of space, Space research, International space exploration, Space in dialogue and talent acquisition

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Bezos Splits with Orbital Reef. Now what?

Jeff Bezos at the Blue Origin launch pad with a New Shepard rocket. Credit Blue Origin

Bob Smith, the now retiring former CEO of Blue Origin, was invited at the Financial Times Investing in Space Summit in June 2023 to provide an overview of the future of Orbital Reef, the commercial space station being developed jointly by Blue Origin and Sierra Space. His statements about Orbital Reef were considered a bit disappointing by the inner circle of Space analysts, but nothing in Smith’s tone hinted at the shocking developments that just unfolded.

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