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Space Cafè Radio – Karman Special – Bringing People In with Trent Tresch

This episode is part of our Karman mini-series, produced in collaboration with the Karman Project. Every year, the Karman Project selects 15 fellows from around the world to foster trust, cooperation, and dialogue between global leaders in space. Today's guest is Trent Tresch, the founding director of the University of Arizona Center for Human Space Exploration.

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Space42 formed from merger of Bayanat and Yahsat

Participants in the signing image, from left to right: Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-Founder of ICEYE, Hasan Al Hosani, CEO of Bayanat, Ali Al Hashemi, Group CEO of Yahsat

Space42 has been unveiled as the new brand for the enlarged entity following the announcement of the proposed merger of Bayanat and Yahsat earlier this week. The proposed merger will focus on AI-powered space technology in the MENA region. The companies believe that the combined entity will be optimally positioned to capture regional and international opportunities in geospatial and mobility solutions, satellite communications, and business intelligence. 

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DCUBED receives funding for first 3D printing in open space

DeCubed Team. Credit DeCubed

DCUBED, a German NewSpace hardware manufacturer, and the Hochschule München University of Applied Sciences have been awarded funding for a joint research project by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs. The funding is part of the Bavarian Space Research Program, through which the state government supports the development of technologies promising to overcome the societal challenges of the future.

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SaxaVord Spaceport Receives Spaceport Licence from CAA

SaxaVord Spaceport has received its licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), becoming the first licenced vertical launch spaceport in the UK and Western Europe. The award came after extensive assessment by the space regulator to check that appropriate safety, security and environmental criteria are met, and that SaxaVord has suitable infrastructure, equipment and services to accommodate vertical space launches.

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Space Café Live in Vienna – with Sara Dalledonne and Valentin Eder on 11 December 2023

Space Café - Live in Vienna - with Sara Dalledonne and Valentin Eder, moderated by Dr. Emma Gatti and Torsten Kriening on the day before the World Space Forum at UNOOSA. SPACE 2030 - a place to be or regulators' nightmare and operators' hell? Join us for an enlightening roundtable discussion at the Space Café, where leading experts, operators, and policymakers will converge to explore the vast complexities and thrilling possibilities of the future of space, moderated by Dr. Emma Gatti, Editor in Chief and Torsten Kriening, Publisher at SpaceWatch.Global.

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Rocket Lab Launches TSUKUYOMI-1 for iQPS

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab USA, Inc. has successfully launched its 42nd Electron rocket and deployed a satellite for Japan-based Earth imaging company the Institute for Q-shu Pioneers of Space, Inc. (iQPS). The mission was Rocket Lab’s 10th Electron launch for the year, surpassing the Company’s previous annual record of nine launches in 2022. As a result of the launch, Electron retains the title of the second most frequently launched U.S. rocket annually for the fifth year in a row.

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Eutelsat Group Partners RLTT for Connectivity Services in Libya

Eutelsat Group has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution partnership agreement between Eutelsat OneWeb, its connectivity business unit and Rawafed Libya for Telecommunications & Technology (RLTT), the Libyan telecoms operator, for the delivery of high-speed, low latency connectivity across Libya. RLTT is expanding its relationship with Eutelsat Group to include a hybrid bundle of both enhanced GEO and LEO services, in this new landmark agreement.

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Orbex Wins UKSA Funding under ESA Boost Initiative


UK-based orbital launch services company, Orbex, has won £3.3 million in funding from the UK Space Agency as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) “Boost!” initiative. The initiative, which is part of ESA’s Commercial Space Transportation Services and Support programme, aims to further the development of world-leading space launch technologies.

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True Anomaly Raises $100 Million in Series B Funding 

True Anomaly GravityWorks Factory. Credit True Anomaly

True Anomaly, an aerospace company based in Colorado, announced on the 12th of December that it has closed a $100 million Series B equity raise. The round was led by Riot Ventures with participation from Eclipse, ACME Capital, Menlo Ventures, Narya, 645 Ventures, Rocketship.vc, Champion Hill Ventures, and FiveNine Ventures. True Anomaly was founded in 2022 to build solutions that address space domain awareness, security, and readiness challenges.

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