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ICT Spring - 2022

Space Missions

Capella Space closes US $97 million Series C financing round

Earth observation company Capella Space, announced a US $97 million Series C financing round led by venture capital firm NightDragon, with significant participation from existing investors DCVC and Cota Capital. Capella will use the funding to expand its services and continue providing 24/7 access to satellite analytics and imagery products.

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ispace “White rabbit” heading for the Moon

Japanese start-up ispace’s futuristic lunar lander is taking shape in ArianeGroup’s clean room after four years of the program’s launch. The project is scheduled to launch to the lunar surface at the end of this year. Under the agreement signed by the two companies, ArianeGroup supplies the components for the propulsion system.

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U.S. and India sign space situational awareness agreement

The United States and India signed a Space Situational Awareness arrangement bound by common strategies interests, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) said. The cooperation comprises defense, climate, science, technology, trade, and public health. The delegation discussed humanitarian assistance efforts and

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Lonestar to take Earth’s data to the Moon

Lonestar Data Holdings announced that it is launching a series of data centers to the lunar surface and it has already contracted three companies for its first two missions to the Moon and for the build of its data services payload. The lunar startup will provide data services and communications from the Moon by utilizing a platform for critical data infrastructure and edge processing.

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Rocket Lab signs multi-launch contract with HawkEye 360

Rocket Lab announced it has been selected by Virginia-based radio frequency geospatial analytics provider HawkEye 360, to launch three Electron missions. The first of the three missions is scheduled to be Rocket Lab’s inaugural Electron launch from Launch Complex 2, Virginia, planned for December this year.

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Astrobotic unveils Peregrine lunar lander

Astrobotic unveiled the flight model of its Peregrine lunar lander that will fly to the Moon on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket in Q4 2022 as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative. Peregrine’s unveiling took place at Astrobotic’s headquarters in Pittsburgh with Congressman Matt Cartwright, NASA’s Bill Nelson, Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, and James Reuter attending. 

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Astrocast joins the ‘Net Zero Space’ initiative

Global nanosatellite IoT network Astrocast, announced it joined the ‘Net Zero Space’ initiative, set up by the Paris Peace Forum with the aim of achieving sustainable use of outer space for the benefit of humankind by 2030.  The initiative is focused on addressing the issue of increasing space debris by uniting the private sector, civil society, academia, public authorities and regulators.

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Space Sustainability Rating to launch in June

The Space Sustainability Rating (SSR), hosted by the eSpace-EPFL Space Center, will allow space operators to improve their mission sustainability by obtaining a rating after transparent, data-based assessments and actionable guidance that support space debris mitigation efforts. The program, under which spacecraft and satellite operators

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Space4Impact launches third week of free online New Space Economy course

Space4Impact, EPFL’s Space Center eSpace, E2MC Ventures, and Space Innovation joined forces to launch an online course on the New Space Economy. The program is available on edX as a free EPFLx course. Learners can watch more than 30 video lectures by space experts from various domains within startups, academia, the private sector, and public institutions in Switzerland.

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Delta Air Lines test Starlink internet for planes

Satellite internet company Starlink is testing its wireless internet services on Delta Air Lines’ airplanes. The Atlanta-based airline said they had been in discussions with Starlink, and conducted initial tests of the technology. SpaceX Starlink CEO Elon Musk, said that the company was aiming to get certified for Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 planes as well.

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