ISU - Summer 2024


Sateliot Integrates Satcom Stack into Leaf Space GSaaS Network

Sateliot has announced successfully integrating its satellite communication stack with Leaf Space's Ground Segment as a Service (GSaaS) Network. This milestone is crucial for the upcoming Transporter-11 mission by SpaceX, during which Sateliot will launch four new 6U satellites to further global 5G IoT connectivity. Leaf Space's GSaaS ensures that Sateliot's constellation can scale efficiently, providing redundancy and robust support for continuous operations

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LiveEO Announces Successful Series B Funding Round

LiveEO has raised €25 million in a Series B funding round led by NordicNinja and DeepTech & Climate Fonds (DTCF). This investment will accelerate the development of LiveEO's cutting-edge solutions, and expand its team and capabilities. The Company leverages high-resolution satellite data and proprietary AI-powered algorithms to generate accurate, timely, and actionable insights that help critical infrastructure operators manage climate risks and resilience.

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#SpaceWatchGL Geopolitics – U.S. Space Force Budget: Total Congressional Warfare

In early June 2024, the Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) released an analysis titled: “Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Defense Space Budget: Continued Emphasis on Proliferation Under a More Constrained Top-Line.” With a large number of orbital space military assets, if some assets get incapacitated, there is still enough left to operate and defend. Commercial providers can launch emergency replacement assets even faster. Question: is such a “resilience” policy sufficient to guarantee orbital space defense, strong and sustainable enough to deter adversaries? Let’s find out.

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Rocket Lab Donates Rocket to California Science Center

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has donated one of its Electron rockets to the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center expansion project. Available for public view now, Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket will be showcased temporarily at the California Science Center’s Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center Work in Progress gallery, offering a preview of new artefacts and plans for the future Air and Space Center. Furthermore, Electron’s inclusion in the exhibit will mark the first time the public can view the historic rocket up close.

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ThrustMe Reaches First Year Production Milestone, Expanding its Global Market Reach


ThrustMe, a pioneering leader in satellite space propulsion systems, proudly announces celebrating one year of successfully ramping up to reach industrial-scale production. This achievement testifies to ThrustMe's leadership in producing the highest number of gridded ion thrusters to date and the only successfully demonstrated iodine-fed propulsion system worldwide.

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Sift Announces Series A Funding to Develop its Platform

Sift has announced that it raised $17.5 million in Series A funding led by GV (Google Ventures), bringing Sift's total funding to $25 million. The Company will leverage the funding to accelerate the development of its platform, expand its team, and support customers across the full hardware development lifecycle. Furthermore, Sift will focus on building out its manufacturing automation suite to empower its customers to leverage Sift from R&D through production and operation. 

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Chang’e-6 Returns Samples from Far Side of the Moon

Chang'e-6 touchdown.

The Chang'e-6 lunar probe has successfully returned to the Earth with unexplored samples from the lunar south pole, landing in the Inner Mongolia desert on Tuesday, after a 53-day-long mission. China is consequently the first country to return lunar samples from the previously unexplored far or dark side of the moon. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) described the mission as "a complete success" and said the probe is functioning normally.

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Synspective Secures 7 Billion Yen in Series C Funding

Synspective Inc., a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data and analytics solutions provider, has announced the successful raise of 7 billion yen (USD 43.9 million)  in a Series C funding round. The latest funding was led by Japan Growth Capital Investment Corporation, managed by Nomura SPARX Investment, Inc., and Investment Limited Partnerships operated by JAFCO Group Co., Ltd. and Investment Limited Partnerships operated by Mizuho Capital Co., Ltd., among others

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Norway and Germany Collaborate on Space Launches

Norwegian Space Agency

Norway and Germany have signed a joint declaration to facilitate German satellite launches from Andøya Spaceport. Andøya Spaceport entered into a multi-year agreement with German Isar Aerospace, which will use the base to launch satellites into space with the Spectrum launch vehicle. Isar Aerospace are preparing the launch pad for launch and expects to carry out its first launch during the second half of 2024.

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ispace-U.S. and SSC Space US Partner for Lunar Mission

SSC Space US

ispace technologies U.S., Inc. (ispace-U.S.), and Swedish Space Corporation (SSC Space US) have signed a collaboration agreement for ispace-U.S.’s upcoming Mission 3 with the APEX 1.0 lunar lander. SSC will provide critical communication links to the mission through its advanced SSC Connect lunar ground station network capabilities. ispace-U.S.’s Mission 3 will provide lunar lander services to Schrodinger Basin on the far side of the Moon as part of the Draper-led NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative

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