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CGWIC Launches the Long March Launch Vehicle

Artist's impression of the MisrSat 2 satellite. Credit Aerospace Donganghong

China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), successfully launched the rideshare mission on the 4th of December at 12:10 BJT. The Long March-2C (LM-2C) launch vehicle took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center (JSLC), sending the MISRSAT-2 Satellite, and rideshare satellite of the 2nd group satellites A/B of Starpool-1 into orbit. 

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Axelspace Completes Series D Funding Round

Axelspace Holdings Corporation has completed its Series D funding round, raising approximately USD 44.0 million (JPY 6.24 billion). The round sees the allocation of new shares to SMBC-GB Growth I Investment Limited Partnership, several other venture capitals, and corporate investors. Furthermore, it brings the cumulative amount of equity financing to approximately JPY 14.3 billion.

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GSOA Welcomes India New Telecom Bill

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Credit HT

The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) announced on the 20th of December that they are welcoming the introduction of the Telecom Bill in the Indian Parliament. They have emphasised that the chapter on spectrum assignment for space-based services is a major step forward in recognising and leveraging the full potential of satellite communications to foster innovation, bring increased connectivity to India’s citizens and advance the country’s digital transformation. 

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Equatorial Space Opens New HQ and Production Facility

Equatorial Space, Singapore’s launcher startup, has revealed a new 12,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility in the Tuas area of the island-state at an opening ceremony. The ceremony featured more than 40 representatives from Singapore’s government agencies and fellow industry players. The facility features a 40ft-container-accessible production floor and a 420 square foot avionics & payload processing room being fitted to ISO 8 standards to support its suborbital launch services starting in 2024 and orbital launches beginning in 2026.

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Space Cafè Radio – Karman Special – Bringing People In with Trent Tresch

This episode is part of our Karman mini-series, produced in collaboration with the Karman Project. Every year, the Karman Project selects 15 fellows from around the world to foster trust, cooperation, and dialogue between global leaders in space. Today's guest is Trent Tresch, the founding director of the University of Arizona Center for Human Space Exploration.

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Rocket Lab Launches TSUKUYOMI-1 for iQPS

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has successfully launched its 42nd Electron rocket and deployed a satellite for Japan-based Earth imaging company the Institute for Q-shu Pioneers of Space, Inc. (iQPS). The mission was Rocket Lab’s 10th Electron launch for the year, surpassing the Company’s previous annual record of nine launches in 2022. As a result of the launch, Electron retains the title of the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually for the fifth year in a row.

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NASA Launches its High-Resolution Air Quality Control Instrument

NASA

NASA has launched its Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) instrument as a payload on Intelsat 40E aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The instrument aims to provide unprecedented resolution of monitoring major air pollutants – down to four square miles. As a result, it also aims to improve life on Earth by revolutionizing the way scientists observe air quality from space. 

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World Space Forum 2023 – Space Bridge announcement

SpaceWatch.Global Editor-in-Chief Dr. Emma Gatti describes Space Bridge. UNOOSA Director Aarti Holla-Maini announces the creation of Space Bridge, a new UNOOSA initiative aimed at bridging the knowledge gap within the sector and bringing different stakeholders together to compare problems and find answers for the significant challenges of the domain

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World Space Forum 2023 – Recap of day two

The day two of the World Space Forum 2023 at UNOOSA in Vienna was fully packed with interesting and informative panels and events. Dr. Emma Gatti and Torsten Kriening give a short review of this day, starting with a panel moderated by Emma, followed by a high level panel on sustainability moderated by the Director of UNOOSA, Aarti Holla-Maini. Torsten summarises the panel about the Summit of the Future and highlights the Space Cafe Podcast live recording.

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