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Iceye raises $93 million
Posted: Sat, Apr 20 10:28 AM ET (1428 GMT)
Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite company Iceye has raised $93 million. Iceye announced the round Wednesday, led by Finnish sovereign wealth fund Solidium Oy and with participation from Move Capital Fund I, Blackwells Capital, Christo Georgiev and existing investors. The Finnish company has raised $438 million to date and has launched 34 SAR satellites, with plans to launch up to 15 more this year. Iceye said it will use the funds to expand its business and develop new products and services.

NASA seeks revamp of Mars Sample Return program
Posted: Sat, Apr 20 10:26 AM ET (1426 GMT)
Mars sample return mission illustration (NASA) NASA is looking for fresh ideas to reduce the cost and shorten the schedule for Mars Sample Return. The agency announced Monday that it will seek proposals for studies on ways to bring back samples collected by the Perseverance rover faster and less expensively than the agency's current approach. That came after an internal study confirmed the current MSR architecture would cost between $8 billion and $11 billion and, to fit it within projected budgets without cutting other programs, would delay the return of the samples to 2040. NASA plans to have studies on alternative approaches done by this fall to allow it to determine the best way forward on MSR. NASA will spend $310 million on MSR in the current fiscal year, near the low end of the range included in a 2024 appropriations bill, and will request $200 million in 2025. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said he has briefed key members of Congress about those plans and they were "quite understanding" of the situation, but in a statement late Monday California's two senators said the proposed funding levels for MSR "are woefully short" and called on NASA to work with Congress to balance the cuts to the program.

NASA confirms ISS debris hit Florida house
Posted: Sat, Apr 20 10:23 AM ET (1423 GMT)
NASA confirmed Monday than an object that hit a Florida home was debris from the International Space Station. NASA said it analyzed the object that...

China launches remote sensing satellite
Posted: Sat, Apr 20 10:20 AM ET (1420 GMT)
China launched a commercial remote sensing satellite early Monday. A Long March 2D rocket lifted off at 12:12 am EDT (0412 GMT) from the...

SpaceX sets reusability mark with Starlink launch
Posted: Sat, Apr 20 10:19 AM ET (1419 GMT)
SpaceX set two records with a Falcon 9 launch of Starlink satellites April 12. A Falcon 9 lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 at...

Saturday, April 20
UF professor prepares for a sub-orbital mission
WCJB-TV Gainesville, FL — 9:00 am ET (1300 GMT)
Lueders: State Highway 4 is crucial to SpaceX’s Starbase facility
Rio Grande Guardian — 8:56 am ET (1256 GMT)
India needs financial risk coverage for commercial space launch industry
The Economic Times (India) — 8:55 am ET (1255 GMT)
Starship Faces Performance Shortfall for Lunar Missions
AmericaSpace — 8:42 am ET (1242 GMT)
Virgin Galactic proposes reverse stock split
Space News — 8:28 am ET (1228 GMT)
Orbex raises $20.8 million Series C extension
Space News — 8:28 am ET (1228 GMT)
Congress pushes DoD to deliver
Space News — 8:27 am ET (1227 GMT)

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