GSTC 2023

Asia Pacific

Space Café Singapore by Lynette Tan: Mani Thiru – Space Café on the Red (hot) Dot

The first Edition of Space Café Singapore by Lynette Tan took a closer look at the space trends in Singapore and the region. Lynette's guest is  Mani Thiru, Head of Space & Satellite at Amazon Web Services Asia-Pacific. Mani, as a new resident on the red dot talked about on what's the hottest things happening here in space right now! Mani leads the Aerospace & Satellite Solutions team at Amazon Web Services across Asia-Pacific.

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Indian Skyroot Aerospace raises US $51 million

Indian space-tech startup Skyroot Aerospace, raised US $51 million during a Series-B funding round led by global investment firm, GIC, Skyroot said. To date, this is the largest funding round in the Indian private space-tech sector. In addition to monetary investment, GIC India Direct Investment Group’s Managing Director, Mayank Rawat, will join Skyroot’s Board.

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Accenture invests in Pixxel to monitor Earth’s health

Global professional services company Accenture, has made a strategic investment in Pixxel, an Earth imaging technology company, as part of Accenture Ventures’ Project Spotlight, the company said. Project Spotlight is an engagement and investment program aiming to fill strategic innovation gaps, and helping startups harness human creativity.

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Space Café Recap: “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland” #10

In the latest (10th) Space Café “Law Breakfast with Steven Freeland”, host Steven Freeland, Emeritus Professor of International Law at Western Sydney University, Sydney and Professorial Fellow at Bond University, Australia, and Co-Host Torsten Kriening, SpaceWatch.Global’s Publisher, welcomed Annie Handmer and Christopher Johnson at a wonderful breakfast discussion in Washington D.C.’s best bagel café.

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Local Aboriginal artist designs Southern Launch’s upcoming rocket launch mission patch

Local Koonibba artist, Kevina Ware, has designed the mission patch for the next rocket launch mission from Southern Launch’s Koonibba Test Range which is due to launch in the coming weeks, Southern Launch said.  Launch services company, Southern Launch commissioned Ware as part of their ongoing relationship with the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation.

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U.S. signs Framework Agreement with New Zealand to boost space sector

The United States and the New Zealand governments signed a Framework Agreement to provide new opportunities for the New Zealand space sector and closer collaboration with NASA, said Economic and Regional Development Minister, Stuart Nash. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Vice President Kamala Harris, welcomed the completion of negotiations on the agreement earlier in May.

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Two South Australian manufacturers awarded AU $1 million grant to enter space

Two South Australian companies, engineering and fabrication company Ferretti International, and family-owned manufacturing company Hydroil, will start manufacturing for the space industry after winning the contract to build and supply a mobile launch rail for Australian spaceport and space mission provider Southern Launch, the company said.

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