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Crew-3 docks to the ISS ahead of schedule

NASA SpaceX Crew-3 astronauts docked to the ISS more than 30 minutes ahead of schedule, less than 24 hours after launching from the Kennedy Space Center. NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Tom Marshburn, Kayla Barron, and ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer arrived aboard the Crew Dragon spacecraft Endurance. The Crew-3 mission had a smooth launch on 10th November on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Planet acquires European VanderSat for $28 million

The Earth imaging company Planet acquires the Haarlem/ Netherlands based ag data specialist VanderSat, Planet said. Planet acquires VanderSat, a leading provider of advanced earth data and analytics, for approximately $28 million, in a mix between $18 million in Planet Labs PBC shares and $10 million in cash, the company said. 

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UK Space Agency funds laser-based satellite communications research

The UK Space Agency has awarded almost £650,000 to Northumbria University to continue developing the first commercially available laser-based inter-satellite communications system, the University reports. Northumbria is one of eleven leading UK organisations to have been awarded a share of the UK Space Agency’s £7M funding under the National Space Innovation Programme.

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Virgin Galactic so far sold 700 suborbital flight tickets

Virgin Galactic reported a strong interest in suborbital flights from customers as the company sold approximately 100 tickets for US $450,000 each after reopening ticket sales in August. This makes the total number of bookings about 700. Virgin Galactic said the new customers had previously paid a deposit of US $1,000 to be the first in line when ticket sales resumed.

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Space Café WebTalk with Prof Gérardine Goh Escolar: Is distributed ledger technology space’s next frontier?

During this week’s SpaceCafé, SpaceWatch.Global Publisher Torsten Kriening got the chance to speak with Professor Gérardine Goh Escolar, a diplomat lawyer, First Secretary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 1 – 7 November

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 Aerospace News Roundup 1-7 November 2021”. Hello and welcome to another episode of the Dongfang Hour China Aero/Space News Roundup! A special shout-out to our friends at SpaceWatch.Global,

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The Space Cafe Podcast #040: Luc Piguet, ClearSpace or how to solve an impossible mission

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 40th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast: Luc Piguet, ClearSpace or how to solve an impossible mission. Luc Piguet is co-founder and CEO of Clear Space, a Swiss-based startup that cleans up space debris. ESA's hottest attempt is to develop a solution to a global problem.

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