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Over 6,500 attend IAC 2021 in Dubai

The 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2021), organised by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), held in the Middle East for the first time and hosted by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC) ended on Friday. Over 6,500 delegates from more than 110 countries attended the “Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Mankind” themed event.

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Terran Orbital to list at NYSE next year, valuing it at $1.58 billion

The smallsat startup Terran Orbital will go public through the merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), valuing it at $1.58 billion, the company said. Terran entered in a business combination with Tailwind Two Acquisition Corp and wants to list at the New York Stock Exchange under the name Terran Orbital Corporation.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: China’s Space Goals and Capacity

China under President Xi Jinping is aimed at establishing global leadership across domains, be it land, sea, air, cyber, and space. This grand strategic approach can be discerned from its prioritization of technologies that upgrade its civilian and military capacities across domains, through its ‘new infrastructures’ list.

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Plus Ultra and RFA to launch cislunar constellation

Plus Ultra Space Outpost (Plus Ultra) and Rocket Factory Augsburg AG (RFA) have signed an agreement to launch a demonstrator mission to the Moon, RFA announced. RFA will launch Plus Ultra’s first satellite in 2023 on an RFA ONE launch vehicle. The vehicle uses industrial automation and staged-combustion propulsion, according to the company.

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SSC and Bradford ECAPS sign MoU for orbital debris removal services

The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and Bradford Space / ECAPS signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaborative orbital debris removal services. The agreement was signed at the International Astronautical Congress 2021 in Dubai. Common Earth orbits are getting increasingly congested with more companies deploying satellite constellations than ever before.

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ABL Space raises $200 million, raising value to $2.4 billion

The low-cost launcher ABL Space Systems raised $200 million in additional funding from its existing investors, bringing its valuation to $2.4 billion. The company said it intends to use the capital raised to scale production of its RS1 launch vehicle and for research and development, but it did not disclose further details.

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#SpaceWatchGL Column: Dongfang Hour China Aerospace News Roundup 18 – 24 October 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 18-24 October 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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#SpaceWatchGL share: Warfighting in Space: Managing risks and seizing opportunities to avoid space weaponisation

Space is a militarised domain, and it has been since the dawn of the space age, with both superpowers deploying satellites to support terrestrial military operations, especially in relation to the command and control of nuclear weapons. The growing dependency of modern military forces on space capabilities has seen the military role of space expand across a full spectrum of relevant activities

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