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Space Tech Expo Europe 2020 postponed

Space Tech Expo Europe is the continent’s major dedicated supply-chain and engineering event for manufacturing, design, test and engineering services for spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components. The exhibition and conference draw attendance from thousands of industry leaders, decision makers, engineers, specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers across the supply chain …

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: From Safety to Security – 2020 Project Ploughshares Survey Report

by Jessica West and Gilles Doucet Thank-you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey on space norms that Gilles Doucet and I organized in May and June of this year. The feedback that we received was incredibly detailed and thoughtful. Reading through the comments felt like having …

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Japanese SpaceTech startup Warpspace raises USD $3 Million

Warpspace, the Japanese spacetech startup developing an inter-satellite data relay network using optical modules, announced the additional fund raising and has reached $3 M in total. The additional fund is led by a VC operated by the biggest Japanese bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd. At the same time, Warpspace’s …

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ispace raises $28 Million in Series B Funding, announces Lunar Data Business

ispace, along with IF SPV 1st Investment Partnership (managed by Incubate Fund) as the lead investor, Space Frontier Fund (managed by Sparks Innovation for Future), Takasago Thermal Engineering, and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, announced that ispace raised approximately $28 million (USD)[1] from the four organizations for its Series B investment round. …

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The Hayabusa2 re-entry capsule approved to land in Australia

The Australian Government has given the all clear to Japan’s space agency to land its capsule carrying samples from a 4.5 billion year old asteroid in the South Australian outback. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has formally approved the return of JAXA’s Hayabusa2 near Woomera later this year. …

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Indian space startup Pixxel secures $5 million in seed funding

Indian space-technology startup Pixxel said on Wednesday it has raised $5 million in seed round led by Blume Ventures, growX ventures and Lightspeed India. The round also included contributions from Inventus Capital India and other angel investors including Stanford Angels and Ryan Johnson, a veteran in the earth imaging space, it said in a statement. The …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: What Bedouins can teach us about Space Sustainability 

by Alyssa Goessler  Sustainability has been practiced as a precondition for survival by many indigenous groups throughout the span of history. For those of us concerned with sustainability in space—or “the ability of all humanity to continue to use outer space for peaceful purposes and socioeconomic benefit over the long …

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Azercosmos and iSAT Africa to provide satellite services

Azercosmos established a cooperation with iSAT Africa, a leading data, video and internet service provider serving Telco’s, ISP’s, Media companies, Enterprise Govt and others in Africa and Middle East. iSAT Africa services include MPLS, SDWan, Media solutions, OTT using terrestrial and satellite technologies. According to the agreement, iSAT Africa will …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: the Space Law Games begin

by Christopher Newman and Ralph ‘Dinz’ Dinsley Monday 10th August 2020 saw the commencement of the first event in the Space Law Games, an event focusing on a fictional rendezvous and proximity operation (RPO) for a mission extension occurring in Geostationary orbit. The Space Law Games is a collaborative endeavor …

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Where Startup Innovation Begins: Vernadsky Challenge

The Vernadsky Challenge, a competition for hardware startups, is accepting applications for engineering startups in the fields of space technologies & active bioelectronics. The winner will receive a grant of $60,000. The Vernadsky Challenge is an engineering startup competition organized by Noosphere, and provides opportunities for the development of promising projects …

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