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Cyber security firm Arqit goes public through $400m SPAC deal

The quantum encryption technology specialist Arqit goes public and raises $400 million through a merger with the publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) Centricus, the companies announced. The pro forma equity value of the business combination is approximately $1.4 billion, the companies said, and the pro forma enterprise value approximately $1.0 billion

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Space Café WebTalk with Laura Seward Forczyk Recap: Civilian space flight is coming (for real this time)

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening met with space professional, author, scientist, analyst and millennial, Laura Seward Forczyk. Laura is the founder and CEO of Astralytical, a space science, industry and policy consultancy that provides space career coaching services, big-picture market trends,

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The Space Cafe Podcast #27: Bruce Damer – a new origin of life and how to mine an asteroid

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 27th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Bruce Damer - a new origin of life and how to mine an asteroid. Episode 027 features a special guest Bruce Damer. Bruce Damer is a versatile scientist who may be on the verge of rewriting the story of the origin of life.

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Scorpio connects its 150 vessels with Marlink’s hybrid VSAT

Scorpio Shipmanagement equips its entire tanker and bulker fleet and connects its vessels with Marlink’s hybrid VSAT network solution, the company based in Oslo and Monaco said. The service extension will provide Scorpio with higher bandwidth services to meet an increasing level of business need for higher data rates and usage volumes.

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Cabana follows Jurczyk as NASA Associate Administrator

Steve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from the January to May 2021, will retire after more than three decades of service, NASA said. Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida since 2008, will serve as new associate administrator, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced.

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#SpaceWatchGL Share: How can space law address artificial intelligence in space?

One interesting development in the space sector is the rise of artificial intelligence. AI has long played an important role in space missions, and its role only continues to grow. But as AI becomes more central to humanity’s engagement with space, it raises legal and ethical challenges. Space law is well poised to respond to these challenges.

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Doge-1 Moon mission paid to SpaceX in Dogecoins

The Canadian Geometric Energy Corporation (GEC) will launch DOGE-1, “the first-ever commercial lunar payload" paid entirely with the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, to the Moon aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, the company said. GSC will collaborate with SpaceX to launch a 40kg cubesat as a rideshare on a Falcon 9 lunar payload mission in Q1 2022, the company said.

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OQ and NanoAvionics extend nanosat cooperation to Tiger-2

The Lithuanian smallsat bus manufacturer and mission integrator NanoAvionics partners with the IoT startup OQ Technology to build, integrate and operate a nanosatellite for the 5G IoT mission named Tiger-2. The satellite is scheduled to be launched this year, the companies said.

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OneWeb expands U.S. footprint with acquisition of TrustComm

OneWeb acquires the Texas-based TrustComm “to offer its Low Earth Orbit (LEO) network and connectivity services to U.S. government clients and TrustComm customers”, the company said. TrustComm was established in 1999 as a provider of managed satellite communications and professional services to commercial organizations and governments, OneWeb said.

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