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Rocket Lab launches 50th Electron
Posted: Sun, Jun 23 11:31 AM ET (1531 GMT)
Electron launch of first Kineis satellites (Rocket Lab) Rocket Lab launched the first satellites for French startup Kinéis on the 50th flight of its Electron rocket Thursday. The Electron lifted off from Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand at 2:13 pm EDT (1813 GMT) and placed five smallsats for Kinéis into low Earth orbit. The satellites are the first of a constellation of 25 spacecraft that will provide Internet of Things services. Kinéis signed a contract with Rocket Lab in 2021 for five Electron launches to deploy the constellation. The launch was the 50th for the Electron, which made its debut in May 2017. Rocket Lab says Electron made it to 50 launches faster than any other commercially developed rocket.

Falcon 9 launches Astra 1P
Posted: Sun, Jun 23 11:28 AM ET (1528 GMT)
Falcon 9 launch of Astra 1P (SES) SpaceX launched a new broadcast satellite for SES Thursday. A Falcon 9 lifted off at 5:35 pm EDT (2135 GMT), after two days of weather delays, and placed the Astra 1P satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit 35 minutes later. Built by Thales Alenia Space, Astra 1P will use electric propulsion to reach its orbital slot at 19.2 degrees East, where it is slated to complete health checks in time for services to start in January. SES currently provides TV services to around 119 million households from four satellites at this orbital slot, mostly in Germany, Spain and France, and Astra 1P has enough Ku-band capacity to replace all four.

Isar Aerospace raises $70 million
Posted: Sun, Jun 23 11:23 AM ET (1523 GMT)
Isar Aerospace has raised more than 65 million euros ($70 million) in an extension of an earlier Series C round. The company announced Thursday that...

Lockheed Martin wins GeoXO satellite contract
Posted: Sun, Jun 23 11:21 AM ET (1521 GMT)
Lockheed Martin has won a contract worth up to $2.27 billion to build the next generation of geostationary orbit weather satellites. NASA announced Tuesday...

CesiumAstro raises $65 million
Posted: Sun, Jun 23 11:19 AM ET (1519 GMT)
Space antenna company CesiumAstro has raised an additional $65 million. The company announced the Series B+ round Tuesday led by Trousdale Ventures, increasing the total...

Tuesday, June 25
Space Force, NASA Deals Power Parabilis
San Diego Business Journal — 5:06 am ET (0906 GMT)
Space Command Preparing Data Fusion Pilot Program
Aviation Week — 5:05 am ET (0905 GMT)
Boeing's Starliner: A Cautionary Investor's Tale — 5:02 am ET (0902 GMT)
Wallops Island will launch new rocket with Texas company
Richmond Times-Dispatch — 4:48 am ET (0848 GMT)
Firefly Aerospace to launch at Wallops Island
Virginia Business — 4:48 am ET (0848 GMT)
NASA and NOAA to send up final GOES weather satellite
Spectrum News — 4:43 am ET (0843 GMT)
Another Spacewalk Scrub for NASA Astronauts — 4:38 am ET (0838 GMT)

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