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China confirms building Moon base with Russia by 2035

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has confirmed the country will be joining forces with Russia to build a research Moon base by 2035. The station will rival NASA's Lunar Gateway. Russia and China announced the project in June last year, after signing an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding in March 2021.

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Mayday.ai to enhance disaster monitoring with L3Harris Geospatial

Real-time risk and disaster intelligence provider, Mayday.ai, covering multiple disasters and all geographic regions, is leveraging L3Harris Geospatial’s technology to boost its disaster monitoring capabilities, the companies announced. ENVI and ENVI SARscape, developed by L3Harris and sarmap SA, will grant Mayday.ai access to spectral high-resolution imagery.

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Brussels – Stella Guillen

In this Space Café Radio – on tour in Brussels at the 14th European Space Conference in the Egmont Palace, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Stella Guillen, Chief Commercial Officer at Isar Aerospace moments after they were awarded the EIC Horizon price by the European commissioner for Internal market Thierry Breton.

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Space Café WebTalk live from the EU Space Conference with Chiara Moenter

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global Publisher Torsten Kriening sat down with Chiara Moenter event coordinator, Space Cafe Benelux and Space Cafe Radio Host at SpaceWatch.Global and the co-founder of “SDG18: Space for All”. Currently, she is doing her masters in Sustainability Science at Maastricht University.

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Satellogic becomes a publicly traded company

The sub-meter resolution satellite imagery collection company Satellogic announced it has completed its business combination with CF Acquisition Corp. V, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald. Satellogic’s Class A ordinary shares and warrants trade on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbols “SATL” and “SATLW,” respectively.

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D-Orbit to become a publicly listed company

Space logistics company, D-Orbit, announced it is combining with Breeze Holdings Acquisition, a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company, to become publicly listed. The transaction estimates the company has an enterprise value of about €1.13 billion. Breeze Holdings and D-Orbit are partnering with The Charles F. Bolden Group as well.

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Israel signs Artemis Accords while NASA selects companies for VADR

Israel signed onto Artemis Accords to land astronauts on the Moon and establish a long-term human presence there as a base for future Mars missions, the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology announced. The Artemis program establishes principles of cooperation, sustainable human presence on the lunar surface and space exploration in general.

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A defunct Falcon 9 stage to crash into the Moon

SpaceX launched its first interplanetary mission in February 2015 and after having travelled too far to have enough fuel to return to Earth or to escape the gravity of the Earth-Moon system, the spacecraft stayed on a chaotic orbit. According to sky observers, the defunct Falcon 9 second stage is now going to impact the Moon.

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FTC in the U.S. to block Lockheed Martin’s acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the U.S. sued to block Lockheed Martin’s proposed acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne, the supplier of missile propulsion systems for $4.4 billion, the FTC said. Lockheed, and its competitors in this area - Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing - act as missile system contractors to the U.S. Department of Defense.

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EnduroSat and SayariLabs launch first Kenyan nanosat

SayariLabs, the first Kenyan space start-up to provide satellite services and space-based solutions, and software-defined nanosatellite and space services provider, EnduroSat, signed a commercial agreement to launch TAIFA-1, the first Kenyan 3U nanosatellite.  East Africa has experienced heavy droughts and wildfires, causing water crisis, and damage to agriculture and local food supplies.

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