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Astra buys electric propulsion Apollo Fusion for up to $145m

The launch company Astra wants to acquire Apollo Fusion for up to $145 million, the company said. Apollo Fusion manufactures electric propulsion engines. The acquisition allows Astra to provide launch and space services beyond low Earth orbit (LEO), to medium Earth orbit, geosynchronous, and lunar orbits, Astra said.

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Seraphim arm eyes London listing, Sky News reports

The Venture Capital fund Seraphim prepares a flotation at the London Stock Exchange, Sky News reported. The “world's first dedicated space VC fund” is working with banks on plans for a London flotation”, Sky News said. An arm of Seraphim Capital is working with bankers on plans for a public share sale that could raise in the region of £250m, the news channel said.

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Register Today For Our Space Café Canada On 18 June 2021

This Space Café Canada will feature Tim Kopra, Vice President of Robotics and Space Operations at MDA, one of Canada’s most successful space technology companies, in conversation with Dr. Jessica West, Senior Researcher at Project Ploughshares and a friend of SpaceWatch.Global.

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Register Today For Our Space Café BeNeLux On 11 June 2021

This Space Café BeNeLux will feature Simon van den Dries, General Manager at Spire Maritime, in conversation with Chiara Moenter, co-founder “SDG18 – Space for All” and her co-host of Space Cafe BeNeLux, Bano Barzingi. A Better Future through Space - Data is a tremendously important part of our world ...

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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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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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