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HawkEye 360 adds $55 million to its funding

Paris, 16 April 2021. – The Earth monitoring and analytics startup HawkEye 360 secured $55 million in additional funding, bringing the total amount raised so far to over $155 million, the company said. The new (Series C) round was led by NightDragon and included further investment from existing investors Advance, Razor's Edge Ventures, Shield Capital, Dorilton Ventures, Adage Capital, and Esri International, the firm said.

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Blue Origin succeeds next New Shepard test flight

Paris, 16 April 2021. – Beautiful start, beautiful landing: Blue Origin successfully completed its 15th New Shepard mission, on its way now to fly astronauts and customers to the edge of space, the company owned by Jeff Bezos said. After its successful lift-off, the crew capsule with a dummy passenger reached an apogee of more than 100 kilometers, before returning, with parachutes, to its launch site in Texas.

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ICEYE opens production plant in the U.S.

Paris, 16 April 2021. – The Earth monitoring startup ICEYE opens a production facility in Irvine, California, to better serve U.S. customers ad set the pace for further growth, the company said. The U.S. site will host the production of multiple spacecraft “simultaneously” and contain a research and development lab, offices, and a customer engagement space, ICEYE said. It will also host a Mission Operations Center for monitoring and operating U.S. licensed spacecraft.

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Astranis raises $250 million for its GEO internet

Paris, 16 April 2021. – A step into GEO: The San Francisco-based Astranis, a company that wants to offer satellite internet via small and light geostationary satellites, raised $250 million at a valuation of $1.4 billion, in a round led by BlackRock, RockAstranis CEO John Gedmark told CNBC. The new round brings Astranis’ total funding to more than $350 million since its founding in 2015, according to the business channel.

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Register Today For Our Space Café Greater Bay Area China On 30 April 2021

Join SpaceWatch.Global for an interesting and informative new format - Space Café Greater Bay Area China. It will feature Gregg Daffner, CEO of Gapsat and longtime Asia-Pacific satcom executive in conversation with Blaine Curcio, founder of Orbital Gateway Consulting and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global. This event will take place on 30 April 2021 at 10:00 am CEST.

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Space Café Brazil 02 Recap: Aila Raquel of Alya Nanosatellites Constellation

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Aila Raquel, CEO of Alya Nanosatellites Constellation E.O., Brazil, talked about her experience in starting a space start-up in Brazil. Aila Raquel is the CEO of Alya Nanosatellites who is committed to a global challenge for sustainable development. Incorporating Agenda2030 at Alya’s goals, She is taking bold and transformative measures to promote sustainable development

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Space Café WebTalk with Robert Feierbach Recap: Along came the disruptors – a decade of change

During this week’s Space Café episode, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening had the opportunity to speak with a former colleague – renowned space industry expert, President and Founder of Clarkebelt Space, Robert Feierbach. Having worked in space business development across Europe and the United States,

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ispace to take Emirates ‘Rashid’ rover to the Moon

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc., under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world.

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Nigerian Space Agency appoints new Director General

Dr Halilu Shaba Ahmad got confirmed as the third Director-General of the National Space Research and Development Agency, NASRDA, as Space in Africa reported. Prior to his appointment as the Director-General of NASRDA, Dr Ahmad served in various leadership capacities since joining the Space Agency Agency in 2009. Most recently, he served as the Director of Strategic Space Applications, in which capacity

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Isar Aerospace signs up for Andoya launch pad in Norway

sar Aerospace’s Spectrum rocket will launch from Norway: Isar Aerospace has signed an agreement with Norwegian Andøya Space to secure exclusive access for a period of up to twenty years to one of its launch pads on the island Andøya. “We are very happy and proud that we were able to secure our dedicated launch pad on Andøya, the best-funded spaceport in continental Europe.

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