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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 2 – 8 August 2021

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 2 - 8 August 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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Spire to provide its nanosat data to Eumetsat users

The space-based data and analytics provider Spire Global will provide radio occultation satellite data to Eumetsat, the company said. Eumetsat, the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites – is a satellite agency which gathers, and gives access to, accurate and reliable satellite data on weather, climate, and the environment.

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Planet signs multi-year rideshare agreement with SpaceX

Planet announced having signed a multi-year, multi-launch agreement with SpaceX. This means that SpaceX’s Falcon 9 will be launching Planet’s satellites through the end of 2025. The news comes after Planet entered into a definitive merger agreement with dMY Technology Group, Inc. IV last month to become a publicly-traded company.

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NASA calls for crew members for Mars simulation

NASA is recruiting its first crew members for their one-year analog mission based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The analog, planned to launch in autumn 2022 will simulate life on a distant planet. NASA is planning to conduct research to prevent and resolve potential problems that could arise during future manned missions to the Moon and Mars.

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0-G´s Space Jet offers zero-gravity tests on airplanes

0-G Launch is providing “ground-breaking airborne platforms” to allow the space industry to “test and accelerate its technological developments,” said Robert Feierbach, CEO & COO of 0-G Launch. With Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic recently validating commercial space travel and with the space industry growing into a forecasted 1 trillion USD business in the next decade, cheaper platforms

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Astra jumps 25% upon update on US Space Force launch

A rocket boost for the stock: The launch startup Astra Space announced its first commercial orbital launch for the United States Space Force for the end of August and the stock of the Nasdaq-listed company rose by nearly 25% yesterday. Space Force contracted the launch through the Defense Innovation Unit’s Other Transaction Agreement with Astra

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