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Al Qaeda Syria USA

US kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike (Al Jazeera)

The US military has killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman said.

“The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organisation’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” US Army Major John Rigsbee said in a written statement late on Friday.

US kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike | Al-Qaeda News | Al Jazeera

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USA

How a New Orleans community land trust is providing permanently affordable housing and supporting Black entrepreneurs (Julius E. Kimbrough, Jr., Brookings)

The “Rebirth of 1800 St. Bernard” took place last year on a chilly December day by New Orleans standards. Attendees wore protective masks and socially distanced—a difficult feat with at least 100 people present. That day represented more than a groundbreaking for residents of New Orleans’ Seventh Ward; it promised the revival of a community anchor in the majority-Black neighborhood that had been decimated by Hurricane Katrina more than 15 years prior.

How a New Orleans community land trust is providing permanently affordable housing and supporting Black entrepreneurs (brookings.edu)

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Defense/Military Space USA

Capella to work with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (Debra Werner, Space News)

Capella Space is working with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center (SMDTC) to satisfy Army demand for Earth observation with rapid tasking and delivery of synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) data.

Under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) announced Oct. 21, Capella and the U.S. Army Payload Development Lab will explore applications for SAR through simulation and testing.

Capella to work with U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Technical Center – SpaceNews

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Space USA

York to expand manufacturing capacity, once again (Debra Werner, Space News)

York Space Systems is once again expanding manufacturing capacity to meet demand for its standard small satellites.

After announcing plans in May to establish a facility in Denver to produce as many as 80 satellites at once, York recognized it would also need a near-term plan to expand production. As a result, York will begin building satellites in the Denver Tech Center.

York to expand manufacturing capacity, once again – SpaceNews

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Space USA

Analysis: Space Force endorsement not enough to incentivize debris removal industry (Sandra Erwin, Space News)

U.S. Space Force generals made headlines recently calling for the development of commercial services to clean up orbital debris. These statements convey a sense of urgency about the risk of collisions in space but the government’s indecision about how to manage this problem is delaying private investments and efforts to develop space cleanup businesses, says an industry analyst.

In a white paper published Oct. 21 by the consulting firm Avascent, analyst Nick Bolger points to comments made last month by Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, the vice commander of the Space Force’s Space Operations Command, who said “there is a use case for industry to go after” space debris removal as a business opportunity.

Analysis: Space Force endorsement not enough to incentivize debris removal industry – SpaceNews

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Space USA

Nanoracks and Lockheed Martin partner on commercial space station project (Jeff Foust, Space News)

Nanoracks, its majority owner Voyager Space and Lockheed Martin, will collaborate on the development of a commercial space station as others in industry warn of a potential space station gap.

Nanoracks said Oct. 21 that it was partnering with Lockheed Martin and Voyager Space on a commercial space station called Starlab. Nanoracks will be the prime contractor with Voyager handling strategy and investment and Lockheed serving as the manufacturer and technical integrator.

Nanoracks and Lockheed Martin partner on commercial space station project – SpaceNews

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USA

SpaceX Boca Chica environmental review draws strong public support and criticism (Jeff Foust, Space News)

SpaceX performed a static-fire test of a Starship vehicle Oct. 21 as debate continues about an environmental assessment of the company’s proposed launch operations in Texas.

SpaceX performed two brief firings of a single Raptor engine mounted in a Starship vehicle called Ship 20 at its Boca Chica, Texas, test site. The tests were the first involving the vacuum variant of the engine, which has a much larger nozzle to accommodate the expanded plume when operating without significant atmospheric pressure.

SpaceX Boca Chica environmental review draws strong public support and criticism – SpaceNews

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USA

NASA starts process to acquire more commercial crew missions (Jeff Foust, Space News)

NASA is beginning the process to procure more commercial crew flights as it looks to extend the International Space Station through the end of the decade, including the opportunity for new entrants to join the program.

NASA issued a request for information (RFI) Oct. 20 seeking information from industry on their ability to transport astronauts to and from the station. Responses to the agency are due on Nov. 19.

NASA starts process to acquire more commercial crew missions – SpaceNews

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USA

The United States Applauds the OAS Resolution Condemning the Undemocratic Electoral Process and Repression in Nicaragua (US Department of State)

This week’s resounding vote at the Organization of American States (OAS) underscores that member states emphatically condemn President Ortega and Vice President Murillo’s undemocratic electoral process and ongoing repression.  With 26 countries voting in favor and zero votes against, this latest OAS action demonstrates that the Ortega-Murillo government stands isolated without supporters in a region committed to democratic principles.

The Nicaraguan government, along with other governments in the Americas, made a democratic commitment to its citizens, as laid out in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.  Nicaragua joined the Charter twenty years ago, resolving that its citizens have a right to democracy, and the Nicaraguan government has an obligation to promote and defend that right.  President Ortega and Vice President Murillo have failed to honor this commitment by preparing a sham election devoid of credibility, by silencing and arresting opponents, and, ultimately, by attempting to establish an authoritarian dynasty unaccountable to the Nicaraguan people.

This OAS resolution reflects the region’s resounding commitment to democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Americas.  The United States continues to work with partners in the region and across the world to promote accountability for those who support Ortega and Murillo’s anti-democratic actions, just as we continue to press the Nicaraguan government to restore civil and political rights and immediately and unconditionally release political prisoners.

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