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  • Space Development Agency could select three manufacturers to produce its next batch of satellites
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    WASHINGTON — The Pentagon’s Space Development Agency is considering buying its next 150 satellites from three different vendors, but that could change after the agency evaluates companies’ bids, SDA director Derek Tournear said April 14. Speaking at the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Tournear said a request for proposals will be… Read more »
  • DoD space agency: Cyber attacks, not missiles, are the most worrisome threat to satellites
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    WASHINGTON — Intelligence agencies and analysts warn China and Russia are developing missiles that could strike U.S. satellites in low-Earth orbit. This will be a concern for the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency, which plans to deploy a network of satellites within range of those missiles.  Derek Tournear, director of the… Read more »
  • Blue Origin aces dress rehearsal for New Shepard crewed flights
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    WASHINGTON — Blue Origin completed another test flight of its New Shepard vehicle April 14, putting the company on the verge of finally flying people. Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle lifted off from the company’s West Texas test site, known as Launch Site One by the company, at 12:51 p.m.… Read more »
  • Astranis secures $250 million to accelerate small GEO satellite development
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    TAMPA, Fla. — Astranis, a startup developing small geostationary satellites, has raised $250 million in a funding round that values the company at $1.4 billion. Funds managed by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, led the Series C financing round.  It means San Francisco-based Astranis has raised more than $350… Read more »
  • Telesat raising $500 million in debt for Lightspeed broadband network
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    TAMPA, Fla. — Canadian satellite operator Telesat plans to raise $500 million with a bond to help fund its $5 billion Lightspeed broadband constellation. The senior secured notes due 2026 will be issued around April 27 as part of a debt package that will fund 60% of the project’s cost,… Read more »
  • Arianespace offers free launch to deserving cubesat
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    VALLETTA, Malta — European launch provider Arianespace announced April 13 that it would provide a free cubesat launch  to one deserving space technology startup, lab or university. The “Destination: A Better Life on Earth” competition is part of Airanespace’s plan to unveil a range of smallsat rideshare offerings in June… Read more »
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation to spin off space division
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    WASHINGTON — Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) will spin off its space division into a separate company, a move reflecting the “historic growth” it foresees for that business in the next several years. In a message to employees April 14, SNC Chairwoman and President Eren Ozmen said the company’s Space Systems… Read more »
  • HawkEye 360 raises $55 million
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    WASHINGTON — HawkEye 360 has raised $55 million in additional funding that the company says will allow it to complete its constellation of satellites that track ships and vehicles by their radio-frequency emissions. HawkEye 360 said that NightDragon, a venture capital firm that specializes in security and related industries, led… Read more »
  • Lockheed Martin pitching mid-size satellite bus to DoD for remote sensing 
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    WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin announced a new line of satellites designed for space-based surveillance. The mid-size satellite bus is aimed at the military market and would be interoperable with military weapons systems such as fighter jets and air defense systems. The company is pitching the new mid-size satellite as an… Read more »
  • York Space Systems automates ground system operations
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    SAN FRANCISCO – York Space Systems has learned a lot from operating its first production-model spacecraft in orbit for two years. The biggest takeaway, though, has been the need to automate satellite handling on the ground. “In the first few months, it became clear it was going to require as… Read more »
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