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UN bans mercury satellite propellants

The United Nations adopted a provision to phase out the use of mercury as a satellite propellant by 2025 during the Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Zero Mercury said. Public interest NGOs (non-governmental organizations) welcomed the ban. Canada and Switzerland played vital roles in having the ban put in place.

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Euroconsult launches Asia Satellite Business Week

Euroconsult announced the launch of its latest summit, Asia Satellite Business Week (ASBW), gathering the global space and satellite industry’s key players in Asia for an opportunity to exchange views, share industry perspectives, and secure partnerships. The event will be co-organized with B2B information provider Informa Tech.

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Privateer Space announces members of its Board of Advisors

Data and intelligence platform Privateer, announced the members of its Board of Advisors to be appointed effective immediately, supporting the growth and knowledge of Privateer and its offerings, the company said. Privateer’s Advisory Board members have expertise in strategy, technology, operations, public policy, and astroscience.

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SES orders software-defined satellite from Thales Alenia

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES, ordered a software-defined geostationary satellite from Thales Alenia Space to extend its connectivity services across Europe, Asia and Africa, SES said. SES-26 is the third and final satellite the company has ordered from Thales Alenia based on their three-satellite contract.

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Singapore signs US-led Artemis Accords

Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong signed the Artemis Accords on behalf of Singapore, making it the 18th nation and first Southeast Asian country to join the US-led agreement on space exploration. The Artemis Accords launched in 2020 with eight founding members. The Accords got their name after NASA’s Artemis Moon programme.

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Terran Orbital begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange

Small satellite manufacturer company Terran Orbital, primarily serving the United States aerospace and defense industry, announced it will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker symbols “LLAP” and “LLAP WS”. The firm has made significant progress recently including an employee growth of 300% and a facility expansion from 5600 sqm to over 23,000 sqm.

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