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Anna Christmann named German aerospace coordinator

The new German government has nominated Anna Christmann from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen as Coordinator of the Federal Government for German Aerospace. She succeeds Thomas Jarzombek from Düsseldorf, member of Bundestag since 2009 for the christian democrats CDU. The German aerospace coordinator sits within the Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection in Berlin.

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Register Today For Our Space Café “33 minutes with Peter Hulsrøj” On 18 January 2022

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Peter Hulsrøj, legal consultant for intergovernmental organisations, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. Space and the Fundamental Questions. Peter Hulsrøj is, with Marco Aliberti, the author of the book ‘Essays on the Optional Society – and a Letter Concerning Inclusion’ just out on Ex Tuto.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup, 2021 Top Trends and Events

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and Orbital Gateway Consulting we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and texts. We are pleased to present “Dongfang Hour China Space News Roundup, 2021 Top Trends and Events”.

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SpaceX kicks off 2022 with more Starlink satellites

SpaceX is aiming to start the new year with a Falcon 9 rocket flight this Thursday deploying the company’s next cluster of Starlink satellites. The company’s 34th dedicated Starlink launch is carrying an undisclosed number of flat-panel satellites into orbit. The quarter-ton spacecraft use their krypton-fueled ion thrusters to maneuver to their operating orbits 540 km above Earth.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: E2MC Update On Space-Financing Rounds in December 2021

2021 finished strong, with another SPAC merger with a space-related (albeit not originally a space) company (Tomorrow.io), more fundraising by SpaceX, a few major private rounds, a couple of investments by Virgin Orbit (and hence yet further examples of a de-SPAC’d company deploying part of its cash towards investments) and even a small IPO (Sidus).

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Iran launches rocket with three devices into space

Amid ongoing negotiations in Vienna over the country’s nuclear deal, Iran announced that it launched a Simorgh rocket with three research devices into space. It was not specified what the devices were or what they would be used for. Ahmad Hosseini, spokesperson for the Iranian Defense Ministry said that the devices were sent up to a 470 km altitude.

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