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Henry Ford Heads for the High Frontier (Robert Bell, Space News)

The year was 1908 and the automobile was the prestige product of the age.  Designed by brilliant engineers with names like Daimler and Benz, they were built one at a time by skilled craftsmen and sold in small numbers to the very wealthy.

In that year of 1908, it all changed – because that was the year when the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly line.  The car cost 23,000 of today’s dollars, and the price fell every year until – a decade later – Model Ts made up half of all cars in America.

Henry Ford Heads for the High Frontier – SpaceNews

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Taiwan/Space

‘Taiwan must secure a strategic position in space industry’s supply chain’: president (Park Si-soo, Space News)

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said Sept. 14 the country “must secure a strategic position in the space industry’s supply chain” by leveraging its competitive edge in semiconductor and precision engineering. To that end, Taiwan’s leader called for cooperation between government, the private sector and academia to launch a “local team dedicated to manufacturing satellites and ground station equipment as soon as possible.”

‘Taiwan must secure a strategic position in space industry’s supply chain’: president – SpaceNews

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Commercial spaceflight industry sees Inspiration4 as a pathfinder but not a model (Jeff Foust, Space News)

SpaceX’s first fully commercial Crew Dragon mission is being closely watched by both NASA and other companies in the commercial human spaceflight sector, who see it as a pathfinder for future missions but not necessarily a model for them.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Inspiration4 mission on a Falcon 9 from the Kennedy Space Center during a five-hour window that opens at 8:02 p.m. Eastern Sept. 15. The rocket will place a Crew Dragon spacecraft into orbit with four people on board for a three-day mission.

Commercial spaceflight industry sees Inspiration4 as a pathfinder but not a model – SpaceNews

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Space SPACs struggle to lift off (Jeff Foust, Space News)

The rocket went sideways, so the stock went down.

Astra Space made its third orbital launch attempt from Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, using an upgraded version of its small launch vehicle known as Rocket 3.3. The launch was the first of two under a U.S. Space Force contract, carrying a test payload designed to monitor the loads and vibrations a satellite would experience.

Space SPACs struggle to lift off – SpaceNews

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Space

SpaceX launches Crew Dragon on first private mission (Jeff Foust, Space News)

SpaceX successfully launched a Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four nonprofessional astronauts on its first private crewed mission Sept. 15, a long-awaited milestone in the commercialization of spaceflight.

The Falcon 9 lifted off at 8:02 p.m. Eastern from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. There were no issues reported during the countdown or liftoff, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft Resilience separating from the rocket’s upper stage 12 minutes after liftoff after reaching orbit.

SpaceX launches Crew Dragon on first private mission – SpaceNews

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Space. Now officially a public company, BlackSky moving to expand sales and marketing (Sandra Erwin, Space News)

BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole on Sept. 13 rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.

The satellite imagery and geospatial data provider began trading on the NYSE on Friday, a day after closing a merger with a special purpose acquisition company.

The SPAC deal unleashed $283 million in capital that the company plans to spend to hire people, build and launch satellites, and develop more advanced data analytics software, O’Toole told SpaceNews.

Now officially a public company, BlackSky moving to expand sales and marketing – SpaceNews

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Space. SpaceX’s Starlink broadband to be available in Japan’s remote areas next year (Park Si-soo, Space News)

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service will be available in Japan’s remote areas starting in 2022.

Japan’s major mobile provider, KDDI, announced Sept. 13 a partnership with SpaceX to “offer an urban mobile connectivity experience to its rural mobile customers” via its 1,200 remote mobile towers. The pair will start by offering Starlink broadband to customers living in mountainous regions and islands for no additional charge, said the Tokyo-based teleco. The satellite network will also serve as backup in case terrestrial telecom lines are disrupted during natural disasters or blackouts, it added.

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband to be available in Japan’s remote areas next year – SpaceNews

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Space. Marlink’s sale values maritime connectivity specialist at $1.4 billion (Jason Rainbow, Space News)

Private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has agreed to buy a majority stake in Marlink, valuing the maritime connectivity specialist at $1.4 billion.

U.S.-based Providence is acquiring the stake from French private equity firm Apax Partners, which said it will retain a significant minority shareholding.

The two private equity firms entered exclusive talks in August about a deal for Marlink, which buys capacity on satellite and terrestrial networks to connect remote operations for maritime, enterprise, energy, humanitarian and government customers.

Marlink’s sale values maritime connectivity specialist at $1.4 billion – SpaceNews

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Space. BAE Systems to acquire smallsat company In-Space Missions (Jeff Foust, Space News)

BAE Systems announced Sept. 14 that it will acquire In-Space Missions, a company that recently won a contract to build a British military satellite.

BAE Systems it will acquire In-Space Missions to enhance its abilities to develop small satellites for both government and commercial customers. The companies declined to disclose the value of the deal.

BAE Systems to acquire smallsat company In-Space Missions – SpaceNews

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