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Vaya Space launches first suborbital test flight

Vaya Space announced it successfully test launched its hybrid rocket, Dauntless, from Mojave, California, operating under an existing FAA waiver.  The suborbital flight validated the STAR-3D engine powered rocket design running on 3D printed fuel grains from recycled thermoplastics.

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Space Café WebTalk with Ran Livne: “Impact investing” in Israel’s second space shot

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global Publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Ran Livne, the Director-General of the Israel-based Ramon Foundation. In 2015, the organisation became the world’s first nonprofit to pilot and manage a human-crewed space mission.

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Space Café Brazil by Ian Grosner Recap: Raphael Roettgen of E2MC

In this week’s Space Café Brazil by Ian Grosner, he talked with Raphael Roettgen about the space economy sector. Raphael said the role of educating the people about the benefits of space is crucial. The language must be less technical and more didactic to understand the importance of space activities.

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Aerospacelab Raises €40m in Series B financing round

Brussels, Belgian satellite manufacturer Aerospacelab announced having raised €40 million in a Series B funding, co-led by Airbus Ventures and XAnge, a European investor in early-stage startups. Other investors include Octave & Miroslaw Klaba, SRIW, Noshaq, BNP Paribas Private Equity, Sambrinvest, and Belaero. Aerospacelab has raised a total of €60 million since its founding in 2018. 

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Orbex prepares for test launch with launchpad arriving on site

Orbex announced that Orbex LP1, the first rocket launchpad constructed in the UK for more than 50 years, is now in place at the Orbex test site in Kinloss, Scotland. LP1 was manufactured by a Scottish company specialising in marine and lifting equipment, the Motive Offshore Group. The new launchpad was built and tested to meet strict international standards.

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The Space Cafe Podcast #048: Martin Wezowski, Chief Futurist at SAP – Thoughts for New Space

SpaceWatch.Global is pleased to present the 48th episode in our podcast series The Space Cafe Podcast #048: Martin Wezowski, Chief Futurist at SAP - Thoughts for New Space. For all its glamor, enthusiasm and optimism, the new space industry has some serious homework to do. To have a future, what is happening in space now must not sound too much like the past.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: ESPI Brief 52: European Space Summit 2022 – What is at stake?

As part of the partnership between SpaceWatch.Global and the European Space Policy Institute, we have been granted permission to publish selected articles and briefs. This is ESPI Briefs No. 52: ‘European Space Summit 2022 – What is at stake? ’, originally published in August 2021.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: In Orbit Servicing

There are currently more than 11,000 satellites in LEO and GEO, and only about 3,000 of those are active, this means that there are over 8,000 deactivated satellites. But space is booming, and in 2020 the world registered the highest number of satellites launched per year, with a record of 1,283 which represents 42% of all active satellites now in orbit.

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SpaceX to launch three Polaris missions

Founder and CEO of Shift4, Jared Isaacman, announced the Polaris Program, a first-of-its-kind effort to rapidly advance human spaceflight capabilities, while continuing to raise funds and awareness for important causes on Earth. The program consists of three manned spaceflight missions demonstrating new technologies, conducting research, and concluding with SpaceX’s first human Starship flight.

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Space Cafe Radio – on tour in Brussels – Niklas Nienass

In this Space Café Radio – on tour in Brussels at the European Commission, SpaceWatch.Global Event coordinator and Space Cafe Benelux Host Chiara Moenter spoke with Niklas Nienass, German politician of the Alliance 90/The Greens and Member of the European Parliament about the need for space sustainability, international and national space strategies, and the need for space legislation.

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