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Register Today for the next Space Café Scotland by Angela Mathis – on 29 September 2023

This Space Café Scotland will feature Denis Bensoussan in conversation with Angela Mathis, CEO of ThinkTank Maths and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global. Denis Bensoussan has worked more than 20+ years in at the Lloyd’s of London and the insurance market focusing on the aerospace industry. Prior to starting Beazley Space Division in 2014, Denis managed Hiscox Space business and worked in aerospace departments at Marsh, at international law firm Simmons & Simmons and at the European Space Agency, the United Nations and the European Commission.

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Space Café Radio – from LIMA 2023 – with Haji Azlikamil Bin Napiah

In this Space Café Radio -  SpaceWatch.Global's Rika Valluri spoke with Haji Azlikamil Bin Napiah, the Director General of Malaysia Space Agency - MYSA. The Director General spoke to us about the agency's involvement in their new space exploration plan, the push for international collaborations, and a focus on downstream applications. Today's episode is in partnership with DUET Global, a consulting company focused on the developing space ecosystem in Asia.

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Sateliot Partners with Comfone to Provide 5G Connectivity

Sateliot, the first company to operate a low-Earth orbit nanosatellite constellation with 5G standards, extends its network range with a partnership with Comfone, a provider of mobile connectivity and roaming services. This operation enables over 480 MNOs and MVNOs worldwide to connect with a standard roaming agreement to Sateliot’s 5G NB-IoT nanosatellite constellation, paving the way to massive IoT adoption everywhere on the planet. Furthermore, with the agreement between Sateliot and Comfone, MNOs and MVNOs will be able to cover the entire plane.

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Switzerland and Poland Secure the Podium in ERC Competition

Switzerland representatives place second and third at the 9th edition of the prestigious European Rover Challenge space robotics competition. After intense competition on the world’s largest artificial Marsyard, team AGH Space Systems from Poland emerged as the best robotic team, meeting the rigorous demands of the jury. In addition, participants underwent a certification process confirming their knowledge and skills for the first time in competition history.

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Rocket Lab Launch Update

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. announced that the company experienced an issue during the launch of its 41st mission. Following lift-off from Launch Complex 1, the rocket successfully completed a first-stage burn and stage separation as planned before it experienced an issue at around T+ 2 minutes and 30 seconds into flight, resulting in the end of the mission. In addition, Rocket Lab's telemetry data, which the company provided during the livestream of Tuesday's launch, showed the velocity of the rocket's upper stage decreasing shortly after its single Rutherford engine was supposed to kick on. 

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NASA JPL Spectrometer ready for Tanager 1 integration

Tanager rendering. Credit Planet

The imaging spectrometer, developed by NASA JPL for the Tanager program, was handed off to Planet, an American public Earth imaging company, for integration onto the Tanager 1 hyperspectral satellite on the 14th of September. The imaging spectrometer will detect, pinpoint and quantify point source emissions of methane and carbon dioxide. The mission marks a milestone for the Carbon Mapper Coalition, a public, private partnership announced in 2021. The Coalition aims to gain a deeper understanding of global methane and carbon dioxide emissions. 

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Kayhan Space Raises $7 million in Funding

Kayhan Space, a provider of high-performance software and solutions for space mission operations, have announced that it raised $7 million in an oversubscribed seed extension round to accelerate commercial delivery of the industry’s first autonomous space traffic coordination (STC) framework at the core of its all-new Pathfinder™ 3.0 spaceflight safety platform. Venture capital firms Space Capital and EVE Atlas have funded the extension round following in-depth reviews of the company's technology roadmap.  In addition, the company aims to leverage new funding to open an office in Washington, DC, and scale its U.S.-based team of 20 employees to more than 30, adding executives and specialists in key roles.

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Poland aims for the moon in next decade

Moon Photo by Mike Petrucci on Unsplash

Prof. Grzegorz Wrochna, President of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) said Poland’s presence on the moon is a matter of ten years during the European Rover Challenge (ERC) to the Polish Press Agency (PAP). Wrochna said that work is underway to establish a Polish space mission. Several months ago the Polish Space Agency made a call for concepts for a National space mission. From the applications received the Moon featured heavily. 

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