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Satellogic to go public via SPAC, valued at $850 million

The satellite imagery specialist Satellogic wants to go public through a SPAC merger, valuing the company at $850 million, the firm said. Satellogic is going public through a merger with Cantor Fitzgerald’s CF Acquisition Corp. V. Leading institutional investors participate in the transaction through private investments of $100 million.

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Exolaunch, ESA, and OneWeb add new nanosatellites

Update from the launch front: 29 out of the 88 satellites that SpaceX launched in its Transponder-2 mission were sharing the ride through Exolaunch, another 3 are from the European Space Agency (ESA), Exolaunch and ESA said, while OneWeb launched 36 more satellite for its internet constellation on a Soyuz rocket commercialized by Arianespace from Vostochny in Siberia.

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Space Café Brazil by Ian Grosner Recap: Andre Rypl, Brazilian diplomat

In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Ian Grosner talked with Andre Rypl, his career as a Brazilian diplomat and gave some advice to the students who want to pursue this post at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He talked about his first contact with the space sector and his first meeting at the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).  

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Brazil is the twelfth country to sign Artemis

Brazil is next: the country signed the Artemis Accords, “affirming its commitment to ensuring sustainable space exploration that adheres to a common set of principles benefiting all of humanity”, the U.S. space agency NASA said. Marcos Pontes, Brazil’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, signed the document during a ceremony with President Jair Bolsonaro and other officials, NASA said.

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Scorpio connects its 150 vessels with Marlink’s hybrid VSAT

Scorpio Shipmanagement equips its entire tanker and bulker fleet and connects its vessels with Marlink’s hybrid VSAT network solution, the company based in Oslo and Monaco said. The service extension will provide Scorpio with higher bandwidth services to meet an increasing level of business need for higher data rates and usage volumes.

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U.S. does not plan to shoot down Chinese rocket piece

The U.S. military has no plan to shoot down the Long March 5B's remnants when they are expected to plunge back on Earth this weekend, the Guardian quoted the U.S. defense secretary, Lloyd Austin. Hope was the rocket would land in the ocean and that the latest estimate was that it would come down between Saturday and Sunday, he said, according to the Guardian.

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Brazil to launch from Alcântara on Virgin Orbit

Luxembourg, 3 May 2021. – Brazil will launch on Virgin Orbit, the company announced. The Brazilian Space Agency (Agência Espacial Brasileira; AEB) and the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB) selected Virgin Orbit “to bring orbital launch capability to Brazil, a country which has never successfully completed a domestic launch to orbit”, the company said.

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