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Space

IAI announces new small GEO satellite bus (Jeff Foust, Defense News)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a small geostationary orbit communications satellite bus intended to provide a low-cost spacecraft with an advanced payload to customers that don’t require a larger satellite.

The company announced its Mini Communications Satellite (MCS) design at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress here. The spacecraft, with a mass of 600 to 700 kilograms, is expected to cost less than $100 million, including launch as a rideshare payload.

IAI announces new small GEO satellite bus – SpaceNews

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Space

Airbus Ventures invests in Tokyo-based ispace (Debra Werner, Space News)

Airbus Ventures announced an investment Oct. 25 in ispace, the Toyko-based company preparing to send its first lander to the moon next year.

Airbus Ventures brought ispace into its portfolio because “it’s an extraordinary team that has positioned the right technologies at the right time,” Lewis Pinault, the Airbus Ventures partner who leads the firm’s investments in Asia, told SpaceNews. “They have every chance of being the first private company on the moon.”

Airbus Ventures invests in Tokyo-based ispace – SpaceNews

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Space

Rogozin says Crew Dragon safe for Russian cosmonauts (Jeff Foust, Space News)

The head of Roscosmos says he is now satisfied that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is safe enough to carry Russian cosmonauts, clearing a major obstacle for an agreement to exchange seats between Soyuz and commercial crew vehicles.

Dmitry Rogozin, director general of the Russian space agency, said in a press conference during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress here Oct. 25 that he no longer had reservations about flying cosmonauts on Crew Dragon as that spacecraft nears the end of its second long-duration mission at the International Space Station.

Rogozin says Crew Dragon safe for Russian cosmonauts – SpaceNews

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Space

Hedron, formerly Analytical Space, raises $17.8 million (Debra Werner, Space News)

Hedron, the company formerly called Analytical Space, raised $17.8 million in a Series A funding round. With the infusion of cash, Hedron intends to roll out the first orbital plane of what it intends to be “the world’s first hybrid optical/RF data relay network.”

The funding round was led by Fine Structure Venture with participation by Lockheed Martin Ventures, Republic Labs, Lime Street, Explorer 1 and existing investors, including the Engine, Flybridge, Yard Ventures, NKM Capital and Space Angels.

Hedron, formerly Analytical Space, raises $17.8 million – SpaceNews

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Space

SES-17 takes flight with eyes on soaring commercial aviation market (Jason Rainbow, Space News)

Arianespace has successfully launched the heaviest satellite SES has ever ordered, marking a cornerstone for a multi-orbit network that is seeing surging demand from commercial aviation customers.

Weighing roughly 6,400 kilograms, the all-electric SES-17 satellite lifted off from French Guiana Oct. 23 at 10:10 a.m. Eastern on an Ariane 5 rocket, which also carried the Syracuse 4A communications satellite for France’s military.

SES-17 takes flight with eyes on soaring commercial aviation market – SpaceNews

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ABL Space Systems raises $200 million (Jeff Foust, Space News)

Small launch vehicle developer ABL Space Systems has raised an additional $200 million, just seven months after a $170 million round.

ABL announced Oct. 25 it raised the additional funding as an extension of the $170 million Series B round it closed in March. The existing group of investors contributed to the updated Series B.

The original Series B round was led by funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation by earlier investors, Fidelity Management & Research LLC and another “global investment management firm” the company did not name at the time. The original Series B valued the company at $1.3 billion, while the expanded round nearly doubles that to $2.4 billion.

ABL Space Systems raises $200 million – SpaceNews

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Space

Blue Origin and Sierra Space announce plans for commercial space station (Jeff Foust, Space News)

An industry group led by Blue Origin and Sierra Space, and including several other companies and organizations, announced plans Oct. 25 to cooperate on the development of a commercial space station.

In a presentation associated with the 72nd International Astronautical Congress here, the industry consortium announced its intent to develop Orbital Reef, a modular space station that would be ready to host crews and payloads in the latter half of the 2020s, allowing for a transition from the International Space Station before its projected retirement at the end of the decade.

Blue Origin and Sierra Space announce plans for commercial space station – SpaceNews

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South Korea Space

South Korea’s 1st homegrown space rocket reaches space but fails to orbit dummy payload (Park Si-soo, Space News)

South Korea’s first domestically built rocket reached its intended altitude in its maiden flight Oct. 21, but its third-stage engine shut down 46 seconds early, releasing its 1,500-kilogram dummy payload at less than orbital speed.

The dummy payload is expected to fall back to Earth south of Australia, but the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) did not immediately provide a timeline for the reentry.

South Korea’s 1st homegrown space rocket reaches space but fails to orbit dummy payload  – SpaceNews

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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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