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Maritime Launch Services to launch first Canadian spaceport

Maritime Launch Services is preparing to launch the country’s first commercial spaceport to provide satellite launch services to Canada’s growing commercial space sector. Their first payload services provider will be Nanoracks, Maritime announced. Nova Scotia-based aerospace company, Maritime, unveiled the preliminary designs for the spaceport’s Launch Control Centre (LCC).

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Astroscale raises $109 million, bringing total to $300 million

The in-orbit servicer Astroscale raised another $109 million from different investors, bringing the total capital raised to date to $300 million, the Japanese space company said. The Series F round was the “largest funding round in the company’s history”, as Astroscale says.

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Space Café WebTalk with Dr. Mathias Link: Luxembourg and the space resources of the future

During this week’s Space Café, SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening caught up with the Director of European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC)  and Director for International Affairs & SpaceResources.lu at the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) Dr. Mathias Link.

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Nanoracks to deploy 0.3U CubeSat from the ISS

Nanoracks Europe announced preparations to deploy FEES2, the first-ever 0.3U CubeSat from the ISS. The trackable satellite, the thickness of a cherry, was developed by GP Advanced Projects (GPAP). Production and space projects management company GPAP called the mission a “major milestone towards building the first Italian nanosatellite constellation for IoT.”

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Saber Astronautics brings Australians to the ISS laboratory

Saber Astronautics wants to bring Australians to the International Space Station (ISS) to do scientific research. The space mission operator said it has signed a deal with private spaceflight leader Axiom Space to bring Australians and Australian industry to the station’s orbiting microgravity laboratory and work on a new generation of space-developed products.

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NASA launched DART asteroid mission

NASA successfully launched the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission this morning on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The aim of the mission is to demonstrate that sending a large, high-speed spacecraft into the path of an asteroid could change its motion. DART will now deploy its Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) to provide the power needed for its solar electric propulsion system.

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