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Register Today For Our Space Café WebTalk – “33 minutes with Prof. Kazuto Suzuki” On 15 June 2021

This Space Café WebTalk will feature Prof. Kazuto Suzuki , Professor of Science and Technology Policy, Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in conversation with Torsten Kriening, publisher of SpaceWatch.Global. Space Policy in Japan – the new challenge for setting international norms

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Space Café Australia by Annie Handmer Recap: Dr Tim Parsons on Mission to Planet Earth

In this edition of Space Café Australia, host Annie Handmer speaks with Dr Tim Parsons about where NewSpace fits within a broader social history of technological development, and how Space changes the way we see ourselves and our place on Planet Earth.

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LeoLabs raises $65 million for its LEO data services

LeoLabs

The Californian startup LeoLabs has closed a $65 million Series B financing round, led by Insight Partners and existing investor Velvet Sea Ventures. With this round, LeoLabs has raised over $100 million in total capital, the company said. LeoLabs provides commercial low Earth orbit (LEO) mapping and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) services.

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China’s CAS Space to develop powerful solid propellant rocket

The Chinese rocket company CAS Space started to develop what it expects will be "the world's most powerful solid-propellant carrier rocket", the company's chairman told China Daily. Yang Yiqiang, a senior rocket scientist and founder of CAS Space, told China Daily that the rocket - ZK 2 - will be ready for its debut flight before the end of 2022.

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IIAS sends researcher Kellie Gerardi on Virgin into space

The International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) will send its bioastronautics researcher Kellie Gerardi to space on a dedicated research mission with Virgin Galactic, the institute said. “The contract marks the world’s first industry-sponsored, human-tended research spaceflight on a commercial vehicle”.

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Space Café WebTalk Recap: Prof. Thomas Schildknecht about sustainability beyond (our) planet

In this week’s Space Café WebTalk Prof. Thomas Schildknecht, Director of Swiss Optical Ground Station and Geodynamics Observatory Zimmerwald and Vice-Director of Astronomical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland, talked about Sustainability beyond (our) planet protection from the perspective of an astronomer. 

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Precious Real Estate: The APT Mobile Satcom Tower

China and real estate go together like satellites and rockets. As the country’s economy has grown by leaps and bounds over the past several decades, so too has its real estate market, as literally hundreds of millions of young Chinese families have bought (or more accurately, 99-year leased) flats in China’s booming megacities.

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James Webb telescope on Ariane 5 in October/ November

The giant James Webb Space Telescope is on Arianespace’s launch manifest for the fourth quarter of this year, officials from the European launcher and the U.S. space agency said. The telescope could be shipped from the U.S. to French Guiana late August, Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s science mission director, said at a virtual press briefing and mission update.

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