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SpaceX to De-orbit Early-Version 1 Starlink satellites

SpaceX has issued a commitment to space sustainability, pledging to perform controlled descents of approximately 100 additional early-version 1 Starlink satellites in the coming weeks and months. With space sustainability in mind, SpaceX has to-date initiated controlled deorbits on 406 satellites out of the nearly 6000 Starlink satellites launched. Of those, 17 are currently non-maneuverable, passively decaying, but well-tracked to help mitigate collision risk with other active satellites. The other 95% of satellites the Starlink team initiated controlled descent for have already de-orbited. 

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Capella Space and TCarta Partner for Real-Time Coast Monitoring

Capella Space Corp., an American space tech company with data and satellite solutions for Government and commercial applications, has announced a partnership with TCarta, a global provider of hydrospatial products and services, to add high-resolution SAR satellite imagery to TCarta's coastal monitoring and shoreline feature extraction solutions. This partnership will enable more consistent and reliable identification of coastline changes so coastal managers have accurate and up-to-date information for mitigating the impacts of climate change. 

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LeoLabs Raises Funding to Deliver Space Operations Insights

LeoLabs

LeoLabs has raised an additional $29 million in financing to scale up the delivery of insights to commercial and Government operators by further investing in advanced end-user applications and partner integrations. The round saw new investors, including GP Bullhound, 1941, and Dolby Family Ventures. This extension also enjoyed strong support from existing investors, including Insight Partners, Velvet Sea Ventures, Space Capital, MDSV Capital, and the AngelList Syndicate.

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Starlab Announces Leadership Team With new CEO and CFO

Starlab

Starlab Space LLC (Starlab Space), the transatlantic joint venture between Voyager Space and Airbus, has announced its leadership team. Retired NASA astronaut and Voyager executive Tim Kopra will become Starlab's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), while Mohit Sharma, currently Head of Mergers and Acquisitions Finance at Airbus Defence and Space, joins Starlab as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). 

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Greece Becomes 35th Signatory to the Artemis Accords

NASA

Greece has become the latest country to join the Artemis Accords, as the Greek foreign minister, Giorgos Gerapetritis signed the Accords on the margins of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue at the Department of State in Washington. Also participating in the event at the U.S. Department of State were NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Dr. Ioannis Daglis, president of the Hellenic Space Center. The signing occurred during the fifth United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington.

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NASA Launches PACE Mission to Study Ocean and Atmosphere

NASA PACE Mission

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched the Plankton, Aerosol, Climate, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) satellite. The satellite launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida to study ocean health, air quality, and the effects of a changing climate for the benefit of humanity. NASA subsequently confirmed signal acquisition from the satellite about five minutes after launch.

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Kuva Space Appoints Jerry Welsh to Spearhead U.S. Expansion

Kuva Space

Kuva Space has announced its expansion to the United States, establishing Kuva Space US in Fairfax, Virginia. As a result, Jerry Welsh, the former CEO of ICEYE US, has joined Kuva Space as a board member and will lead the company’s expansion efforts to become a leading provider of hyperspectral insights to the U.S. Government (USG).

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Synthetaic Raises Series B to Expand Image Data Insights

Synthetaic has raised $15 million in Series B funding from new and existing investors, accelerating the Company's commercialization of RAIC, a dual-use model-independent classification and detection platform for image data. Lupa Systems and TitletownTech both co-led the round, with participation from IBM Ventures and Booz Allen Hamilton.

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LeoLabs Selected for U.S. SDA TAP Lab Accelerator

LeoLabs

LeoLabs has announced its selection to participate in the U.S. Space Systems Command's Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Tools Applications and Processing (TAP) Lab Apollo Accelerator. This program enables LeoLabs to demonstrate its AI-powered solutions for Combat ID and Space Battle Management.

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Lynk Global Announces Business Combination Agreement with Slam

Lynk Global mobile connectivity

Lynk Global, Inc., a satellite-direct-to-standard-phone (“sat2phone”) telecoms provider, and Slam Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (“Slam”), have announced entering into a definitive business combination agreement, under which Slam will combine with Lynk. Upon completion, the combined company will operate as Lynk Global Holdings, Inc., and its common stock will publicly list on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “LYNK”.

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