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Astroscale Opens Series E Funding Round And Secures First Investor

Astroscale Holdings Inc., a market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 18 May 2020 that it has opened a Series E funding round and has secured I-NET CORP., a leading Japanese data center provider, as its first investor for an …

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India To Open Up Space To The Private Sector

The Indian finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, announced on 16 May 2020 that the Indian government will enact all necessary measures to create a level playing field for the private sector to take part in all Indian space activities. Sitharaman announced the initiative during her fourth press conference in as many days …

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Gilmour Space Inks Deal With Australian Department Of Defence To Build A Rocket

Australia’s Department of Defence and Gold Coast startup Gilmour Space Technologies have joined forces to work together on space technologies under a new strategic agreement. Gilmour, the leading hybrid rocket launch provider is developing lower-cost, reliable and dedicated rockets to launch small satellites into low earth orbits. The new partnership …

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Myanmar To Build Two Earth Observation Satellites With Japanese Assistance 

Myanmar is to build and launch a small Earth observation satellite by 2021 with the assistance of Japan. Engineers and technicians from the Myanmar Aerospace Engineering University will travel to Japan as soon as travel restrictions imposed due to the Coronavirus pandemic are lifted, where they will be trained and …

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Tianwen: China’s Mars Probe May Answer Qu Yuan’s Questions To Heaven

China.org.cn released a news report about China’s new planetary exploration mission on 9 May 2020, revealing “Tianwen” as the name of the mission: Fifty years ago, China successfully launched its first satellite into space. In 2003, the country’s first manned spacecraft blasted off. Four years later in 2007, its first moon orbiter …

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VOX Space Readies To Launch from Andersen Air Force Base In Guam

VOX Space, the Virgin Orbit subsidiary which provides responsive and affordable launch services for the U.S. national security community, has signed a new agreement with the Department of the Air Force, allowing the company’s LauncherOne system to conduct missions to space from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. VOX Space …

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China’s Space Double Whammy: Successful Long March 5B Launches New Capsule For Human Spaceflight

China scored a space double whammy on 5 May 2020 when its successfully launched its heavy Long March 5B launch vehicle carrying a new capsule designed for crewed missions. The Long March 5B launch was conducted from the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre on Hainan Island, located just off China’s southern …

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Infostellar Raises US$3.5 Million To-Date In Current Investment Round

Infostellar, a highly innovative ground-segment-as-a-service (GSaaS) provider, announced on 30 April 2020 that it has raised a total of US$3.5 million in convertible bonds with existing investors Airbus Ventures and Sony Innovation Fund, while welcoming new investors Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure, Mitsubishi UFJ Capital, and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance. …

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Astroscale Signs MOU With Northumbria University To Collaborate On Satellite End-of-Life Practices

Astroscale Holdings Inc., the market-leader in developing technology and services to remove space debris and secure long-term orbital sustainability, announced on 4 May 2020 that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Professor Chris Newman, Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK, to collaborate on …

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Unlocking Space Data With Blockchain For A Scalable New Space Economy

By Alessandra Albano The global space industry is expected to generate revenue of US$1.1 trillion or more in 2040, up from the current US$350 billion, according to Morgan Stanley. Investors are also taking an upbeat view of the prospect of investing in space innovations amidst the risk of technical recession. According …

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