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Wyvern raises USD $4.5M and enters Y Combinator, paving the way for access to affordable hyperspectral imagery from space EDMONTON, Alberta, January 17, 2022 (Wyvern PR) Wyvern, a space data company making hyperspectral imagery accessible and affordable, announced today its acceptance into the Y Combinator accelerator after closing an oversubscribed USD $2.25M seed round led by MaC Venture Capital, with an additional USD $2.25M raised through earlier pre-seed funding and support from the Government of Canada. Soma Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, Gaingels, Unpopular Ventures, and Matt Mickiewicz invested alongside lead MaC Venture Capital. The world has been waiting for hyperspectral imaging to become commercially accessible. An advanced spectral imaging technique that collects hundreds of images at different wavelengths to form 3D data blocks, hyperspectral imaging has the power to detect incredible details invisible to conventional imaging standards. This information-rich data will be highly impactful for agriculture, forestry, environmental and emissions monitoring, energy, and defence. Wyvern’s deployable optics, an unfolding telescope in space, is the key to unlocking this market shift: high resolution hyperspectral imagery at an affordable price. “Wyvern has the game-changing technology to open a lot of new doors in the Earth observation market,” says Adrian Fenty, Managing General Partner at MaC Venture Capital who recently joined Wyvern’s Board of Directors. “Wyvern will entirely change the way we use satellite imagery on Earth.” This investment round secures Wyvern’s first three satellite launches, and paves the way for commercial access to cost-effective imaging capabilities such as 5m shortwave-infrared (SWIR) in the coming years. “This investment has really supercharged our company,” says Chris Robson, CEO of Wyvern. “Leading up to Y Combinator, we have been able to double the size of our team, including the addition of Christine Tovee, the former CTO of Airbus Group North America to our executive team.” For the next three months, Wyvern is participating in the Y Combinator accelerator famed for propelling the success of many notable companies including Airbnb, Reddit, Stripe, and Dropbox. The program culminates with a Demo Day on March 29, 2022. “Closing this seed round and getting into Y Combinator has been a huge vote of confidence for the company,” says Robson. “We are excited to see how we evolve over the next three months being pushed by veteran entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and are well on our way to launching satellites that will capture the highest resolution hyperspectral imagery the world has seen from space.” About Wyvern Edmonton-based space data company Wyvern was created to provide actionable intelligence that will enable a sustainable future for humanity. Wyvern’s cutting-edge unfolding camera technology will make high-quality, high-resolution hyperspectral imagery from satellites accessible and affordable like never before, unlocking applications in new markets for the very first time. The company is proud to be carving a path for the Canadian space industry. For more information, visit wyvern.space and @WyvernSpace. About MaC Venture Capital MaC Venture Capital is a seed-stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles and Silicon Valley that invests in technology startups leveraging shifts in cultural trends and behaviors. The general partners represent diverse backgrounds in technology, business, politics, entertainment, and finance, allowing them to accelerate entrepreneurs on the verge of their breakthrough moment. The firm provides hands-on support crucial for building and scaling category-leading companies,including operations strategy, brand building, recruiting, sales development, and mission-critical introductions. MaC Venture Capital is the result of a merger between Cross Culture Ventures, co-founded by Marlon Nichols, and M Ventures, co-founded by Adrian Fenty, Michael Palank, and Charles D. King. Find MaC Venture Capital online at macventurecapital.com and @MaCVentureCap.

[Category: News, Adrian Fenty, Chris Robson, Christine Tovee, Gaingels, Government of Canada, hyperspectral imaging, Liquid 2 Ventures, MaC Venture Capital, Matt Mickiewicz, SOMA Capital, Unpopular Ventures, Wyvern, Y Combinator]

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[l] at 1/19/22 5:18am
Credit: ESA PARIS (ESA PR) The next stage of ESA’s astronaut selection is underway, with around 1,391 applicants invited to a full day of testing at a facility in Europe. These candidates were selected from over 23,000 Europeans who put themselves forward for the astronaut and astronaut (with a physical disability) positions when ESA issued the call in March 2021. Due to a high volume and caliber of applications, it has taken some time to review and respond to all applicants and ESA would once again like to express its gratitude to all those who applied. Head of Space Medicine at ESA Guillaume Weerts says: “We really want to thank everyone who applied to this selection process, both those continuing and those who will leave us at this stage. Thank you for your patience and for all the work you put into your applications. We were very impressed by the quality of applicants.” Credit: ESA ESA HR Business Partner Antonella Costa agrees. “It is a very competitive process – even just meeting the initial criteria to apply is something to be proud of,” she says. “Though not everybody can become an astronaut, there are many other ways in which you can support Europe in space. We strongly encourage people to visit our careers website and see how else they could apply their skills and follow their passion with ESA.” The first round of testing for the 1391 candidates who have made it through focuses on psychological performance and includes cognitive, technical, motor coordination and personality tests. For successful candidates, this will be followed by a set of psychological interviews and group tests before medical testing. Candidates who successfully pass each of the selection stages will be invited to recruitment interviews. ESA’s new class of astronauts and reserve astronauts is expected to be announced in autumn 2022.

[Category: News, Antonella Costa, astronauts, ESA, European Space Agency, Guillaume Weerts, human spaceflight]

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[l] at 1/19/22 4:35am
DENVER (Atomos Space PR) Atomos Space announces an investment from Cantos Ventures bringing the total capital raised in 2021 to $5M. Cantos, an experienced deep tech investor, joined this round with another undisclosed aerospace investor to realize the future of space mobility and logistics. Atomos Space, based in Denver, Colorado, is building orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs) to help satellite operators get to their place in space. Founded by Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski in late 2017, Atomos has won and executed over $2M in contracts with NASA, the US Air Force, and US Space Force, and currently has over $200M of customer interest for in-space mobility. While the barrier to entry for satellites to get to space has decreased significantly, many applications require orbits unavailable to satellites ridesharing with a larger payload. Enter Atomos OTVs. By capturing client satellites and transporting them to their target operational orbit, Atomos solves the last-mile problem in space at a fraction of the cost of dedicated launch. Some customers need to procure multiple dedicated launches to deploy their constellation, said Atomos co-founder and COO, William Kowalski. Our services halve their launch costs. Atomos advantage is their technical approach. Unlike similar systems under development, their OTVs reside in space and rendezvous with client satellites on-orbit, allowing more launch mass and volume for the payload and amortizing costs over many missions during the OTVs lifetime. Atomos is focused on highly scalable, high-power electric and nuclear propulsion. Current propulsion technologies are evolutionary dead ends and cant scale into the future space economy. Our propulsion moves us in a new direction, said Vanessa Clark, CEO and co-founder of Atomos. We see a massive need for companies like Atomos. We think of them as orbital Uber, said Cantos Ventures Founder & Managing Partner, Ian Rountree. Their money is on Atomos because we believe in the Atomos team and see their service and underlying technologies like nuclear propulsion as vital to our future. Since the 2021 investment, Atomos has doubled the size of their team and successfully completed ground testing of their autonomous rendezvous and docking technology and integrated propulsion system. Atomos expects to launch their first two spacecraft, Quark and Gluon, in 2023, and is excited to continue to expand the reach of humanity. About Atomos Space Since its founding in late 2017 by Vanessa Clark and William Kowalski, Atomos Space has worked to revolutionize space logistics by developing and operating orbital transfer vehicle (OTVs) to perform orbit raising, precision insertion, phasing, and plane change services for satellites. Their goal is to enable more commercial companies to operate in space dynamically and sustainably. Whether it is placing new satellites in their final orbit or moving old satellites into new missions, Atomos Space makes space more mobile. About Cantos Ventures Cantos Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco with a focus on near frontier startups in clean energy, aerospace, computational biology, and next-generation computing with the potential to mitigate climate change, disease, armed conflict, and existential risk. The firm was founded in 2016 and manages $55M across multiple funds.

[Category: News, Atomos Space, Cantos Ventures, Gluon spacecraft, Ian Rountree, orbital transfer vehicle, OTV, Quark spacecraft, Vanessa Clark, William Kowalski]

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[l] at 1/19/22 3:38am
HERNDON, Va., Jan. 18, 2022 (HawkEye 360 PR) HawkEye 360 Inc., the worlds leading commercial provider of space-based Radio Frequency (RF) data and analytics, has hired Kate Zimmerman as its first-ever Chief Data Scientist. In this new role, Zimmerman will develop HawkEye 360s analytics strategy, identifying and pursuing focus areas for analytics enhancement to further differentiate the company from its competitors. Harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Zimmerman will develop leap-ahead capabilities to provide customers with more value from the companys RF data. I am excited to join the HawkEye 360 team as we look to grow our RF data analysis capabilities into a suite of predictive analytics offerings, Zimmerman said. Having worked with RF data, payloads, and ground systems throughout my career, I see this work as a return to my roots. I look forward to using our deep analytics capabilities to enable our public sector, commercial, and humanitarian customers to create a better world. Zimmerman joins HawkEye 360 from Amazon Web Services (AWS), where she managed a Machine Learning Solutions Lab division serving Intelligence Community and Defense Department customers. While at AWS, Zimmerman helped HawkEye 360 develop new maritime security and vessel monitoring capabilities — which leverage the companys RF data, as well as underlying vessel characteristics and behavior data — to predict whether a given vessel is likely to engage in nefarious activity. Zimmerman is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. While working on her masters degree, she analyzed the utility of machine learning of RF waveforms. As an active-duty officer, she later worked on RF satellites and ground systems at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). With her superior leadership and keen technical vision, Kate is a welcome addition to our team, said Tim Pavlick, vice president of product and design. We are proud of the sophisticated terrestrial and maritime analytics we have launched over the past year, as well as the analytics built into Mission Space. I cannot wait to see how Kate amplifies and expands these capabilities into revolutionary new territory. For more information about capabilities of the HawkEye 360 satellite constellation, please visit he360.com. About HawkEye 360 HawkEye 360 is delivering a revolutionary source of global knowledge based on radio frequency (RF) geospatial intelligence to those working to make the world a safer place. The company operates the first-of-its-kind commercial satellite constellation to detect, characterize, and geolocate a broad range of RF signals. This unique RF data and analytics equip our global customers with high-impact insights needed to make decisions with confidence. HawkEye 360 is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. 

[Category: News, HawkEye 360, Kate Zimmerman, radio frequency analytics, radio frequency data, Tim Pavlick]

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[l] at 1/18/22 1:02pm
Global launch attempts reached a record 145 in 2021, exceeding 143 in 1967Successful launches globally totaled 134, breaking previous record of 128U.S. tallied highest percentage of global commercial launches with 32 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Jan. 18, 2022 (Space Foundation PR) — Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today released “The Space Report 2021 Q4,” which looks back at the historic level of launch activity that took place globally last year and breaks down orbital launch attempts by each spacefaring nation. Summarizing the latest edition, Space Foundation CEO Tom Zelibor commented, “The space ecosystem has been buzzing with excitement about an emergent space renaissance for several years. This edition unequivocally validates that we have reached a new high point. I always say, ‘There is no better time to be a part of the space economy,’ and with record-breaking growth in 2021 and so many promising new initiatives already underway in 2022, that has never been a truer statement.” The Q4 edition reviews the activity of the eight nations that lifted a record-setting number of launch vehicles last year. This global effort surpassed a level of launch activity not seen since 1967, at the peak of the space race era. Not only did the count of 2021 launch attempts make history, but so did the launch success rate, with a record breaking 134 successful launches. Commercial launch activity in the United States continued to flourish, claiming the largest percentage of commercial launches with 32 in 2021 — more than three times the commercial launches by the next-leading nations. Meanwhile, government-private partnerships were also initiated to begin the development of eight new space stations, spurred by an interest in expanding microgravity research. Other key research findings from Q4: Payload deployments jumped 29% compared with 2020, driven largely by the communication activity of SpaceX’s Starlink and OneWeb constellations.The volume of financing transactions in the space and satellite sector has grown 61% since 2019, fueled by dozens of investors injecting billions of dollars, according to analysis by Quilty Analytics.In space tourism, 14 civilians experienced space travel in 2021, double the number from all prior years combined. Also covered is the growing appeal of mineral-rich asteroids in 2021, which sparked increased efforts to develop asteroid mining capabilities. The Q4 report features leading industry experts’ analyses into how asteroid mining will likely unfold and the approaches that can be taken to ensure equitable distribution of any realized assets. World leaders have a renewed focus on Earth’s changing climate and related Earth observation capabilities. The Q4 report spotlights a new commercial satellite venture that’s set to reach orbit in 2022, promising capabilities to better monitor increasingly unpredictable weather events and give scientists a clearer picture of climate change progress indicators. About The Space Report The Space Report is the authoritative report on the global space ecosystem, covering space exploration and space-inspired industries on Earth. Published by Space Foundation since 2006 and operating under Symposium 365 division, The Space Report is available on a subscription basis, providing policy analysts, congressional staff, investors, media, and space industry newcomers with research and insight on trends and opportunities with informative articles and quarterly reports. Highlighting each report is an overview of the latest data available on the space economy, space infrastructure, and other key industry indicators as well as analysis of commercial, government and educational events impacting business, workforce and our daily lives. For more information, please visit www.thespacereport.org. About Symposium 365 Symposium 365, a division of Space Foundation, is the premier source for media and events in the global space ecosystem, offering authoritative news and information and venues for networking and conducting business via the world-renowned Space Symposium, Symposium 365 Digital Platform and The Space Report. Serving commercial, government and education sectors, Symposium 365 produces signature programming — live and online — for professionals, entrepreneurs, educators and students to learn, connect and conduct business 365 days a year. To learn more about Symposium 365, please visit www.spacesymposium 365.org. About Space Foundation Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants.Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space Report. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn  and YouTube.

[Category: News, OneWeb, Quilty Analytics, Space Foundation, space tourism, space tourists, Starlink, Symposium 365, The Space Report, Tom Zelibor]

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[l] at 1/18/22 11:45am
Vega rocket in flight (Credit: Arianespace) Microcarb is a science satellite that will trace CO2 sinks and sources on a global scale.The requested performance for this launch planned in 2023 is 190kg on a sun-synchronous orbit at 650km. EVRY-COURCOURONNES, France, January 18, 2022 (Arianespace PR) Arianespace has been awarded a launch contract by ESA, on behalf of the European Commission, to launch Microcarb in 2023 on Vega C. Microcarb is a 190kg satellite developed by CNES that will be delivered into a sun-synchronous orbit, 650km above the Earth. “We are very proud of this new launch contract, which underlines the capacity of Arianespace to design the most competitive launch solutions, here with Vega C, to address the needs of European institutions”, Stéphane Israël, CEO of Arianespace, declared. “We are particularly thrilled to make this iconic project a reality, which is a great example of cooperation between ESA, the European Commission and CNES, with the support of the industry, to better understand the impact of human activity on climate change”. Microcarb is a small satellite designed to map sources and sinks of carbon dioxide (CO2)—the most important greenhouse gas — on a global scale. To better understand the impact of CO2 produced by human activity and how this greenhouse gas is released and absorbed, NASA launched the OCO-2 satellite in 2014. In 2023, CNES will take over this role with the launch of Microcarb. Its dispersive spectrometer instrument will be able to measure atmospheric concentration of CO2 globally with a high degree of precision (on the order of 1 ppm) and with a pixel size of 4.5 km x 9 km. The instrument will be flown on a microsatellite built around CNES’s Myriade spacecraft bus with a payload designed and produced by Airbus Defence and Space. This mission involves the French scientific community studying climatology and the carbon cycle. The Microcarb mission includes funding from French Investments for the Future Programmes, as well as from the European Union framework programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. About Arianespace Arianespace uses space to make life better on Earth by providing launch services for all types of satellites into all orbits. It has orbited over 1,100 satellites since 1980, using its family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, from launch sites in French Guiana (South America) and from the Russian cosmodromes in Baikonur and Vostochny. On 2022 onwards, the company will operate new generation launchers Ariane 6 and Vega C, developed by ESA. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a technical facility at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana, plus local offices in Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Singapore. Arianespace is a subsidiary of ArianeGroup, which holds 74% of its share capital, with the balance held by 15 other shareholders from the European launcher industry. ESA and CNES are censors at the company’s board. www.arianespace.com

[Category: News, Airbus Defence and Space, Arianespace, Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, CNES, ESA, European Commission, European Space Agency, European Union, globam warming, greenhouse gases, Horizon 2020, MicroCarb, Myriade spacecraft, NASA, OCO-2, Stephane Israel, Vega C]

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Investment will support Satellogic as it scales its constellation, with the goal of weekly remapping of the entire Earth’s surface in 2023 and daily remapping thereafter, unlocking countless commercial, sustainability, and government applicationsSecretary Mnuchin to serve as Non-Executive Chairman of Satellogic Board of DirectorsHoward W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and CFV, to join Satellogic Board of DirectorsSatellogic satellites have the capacity to collect more images than the closest four satellite competitors combined, changing the way we see our Earth by delivering data that helps analyze and develop solutions for the world’s most pressing problems within a $140 billion TAM opportunity1Total committed capital of $265 million; merger slated to close in Q1 2022 NEW YORK (Satellogic PR) Satellogic, a leader in sub-meter resolution satellite imagery collection, currently 70 centimeters, and CF Acquisition Corp. V (Nasdaq: CFV) (“CFV”), a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald, today announced that they have secured an additional $150 million private placement commitment from Liberty Strategic Capital (“Liberty”), a private equity firm founded and led by former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin. This investment brings the total committed capital coming into Satellogic in this series of transactions to more than $265 million, building on the previously announced PIPE offering of $100 million led by SoftBanks SBLA Advisers Corp. and Cantor Fitzgerald, among other top-tier institutional investors. Cantor Fitzgerald has increased its PIPE participation to approximately $58 million from the previously disclosed amount of $33 million. Both the Liberty and SoftBank SBLA Advisers Corp. placements are subject to lock-up provisions for a minimum of a year. The capital will further position Satellogic to remap the entire surface of the Earth in sub-meter resolution, creating unprecedented data analytics and commercial applications within its $140 billion Total Addressable Market (“TAM”). In connection with Liberty’s investment in Satellogic, Secretary Mnuchin will join Satellogic’s Board of Directors as Non-Executive Chairman. Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and CFV Howard Lutnick will also join the Board of Directors. Secretary Mnuchin, Founder and Managing Partner of Liberty, said, “It is hard to overstate the importance of up-to-date, high resolution Earth imagery as an aid to decision making across a broad variety of contexts. As Satellogic builds out its network to provide daily remaps of the Earth’s surface at a low cost, we believe the company is well positioned to provide governments and businesses with the information they need to make better, more well-informed decisions with respect to a host of pressing problems. We are excited to partner with Satellogic as they continue to innovate in this exciting and growing market.” Emiliano Kargieman, CEO of Satellogic, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Secretary Mnuchin and Howard Lutnick to the Satellogic Board of Directors, and Liberty and its investors to our ownership as a public company. This transaction is a significant step towards our plan of daily sub-meter resolution world remaps ready to address vast and affordable commercial applications.” Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and CFV, stated, “I’m excited Secretary Mnuchin and the team at Liberty share our enthusiasm for the enormous value Satellogic’s massive data capacity unlocks. Satellogic’s low-earth images will bring unique data sets and global analytics to the private sector and governments world-wide.” Company Highlights Images that Change the Way We See the Earth: Satellogic’s satellites have more capture capacity than the closest four satellite competitors combined. Satellogic intends to launch additional satellites in 2022, more than doubling its data and imagery capacity, and it expects to create weekly sub-meter resolution world remaps by the end of 2023 and daily remaps thereafter.Highly Scalable, Competitive Operating Model: Satellogic’s unique, patented camera design, underpinned by vertically integrated manufacturing, enables its satellites to capture 10 times more data at one-tenth of the cost of its competitors’ high-resolution Earth Observation satellites. Satellogic also benefits from shorter R&D cycles and the ability to efficiently scale while maintaining overall quality.Delivering Data to Solve the World’s Most Pressing Problems: Satellogic was founded to help solve some of the greatest challenges of our time: resource utilization and distribution. From tradeoffs between food, energy and water supplies, to monitoring the impacts of natural disasters, global health and humanitarian crises in the midst of a looming climate emergency; access to a continually refreshed source of global, high-quality data is critical to confronting some of the world’s most crucial issues.Unparalleled Commercial and Government Applications: Using its patented satellite technology, Satellogic’s enormous comparative image and data capture capacity position it for vast commercial and government applications through a live catalog of every square meter of Earth. For instance, governments could monitor their borders or assess supply chain congestion, companies and communities could swiftly analyze the wake of a hurricane or fire to determine damage, and climate scientists can track the impact of global warming and resource utilization to inform policymakers, among countless other use cases. Across industries and around the globe, Satellogic customers will be able to make smarter decisions, informed by the best-in-class technology and leading content collection at an affordable price point. Next Steps The proposed merger with CFV is projected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Liberty’s investment in Satellogic is expected to close in mid-February after the waiting period under the HartScottRodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. A proxy statement/prospectus supplement is being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for CFV’s special meeting of stockholders, which is scheduled for January 24, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. EST via live webcast. Advisors Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is serving as financial advisor and capital markets advisor to CFV as well as placement agent on the PIPE, with Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP serving as legal counsel to CFV. J.P. Morgan is serving as financial advisor to Satellogic, with Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP and Greenberg Traurig LLP serving as legal counsel to the Company. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal counsel to Liberty Strategic Capital. About Satellogic Founded in 2010 by Emiliano Kargieman and Gerardo Richarte, Satellogic is the first vertically integrated geospatial company, driving real outcomes with planetary-scale insights. Satellogic is building the first scalable, fully automated Earth Observation platform with the ability to remap the entire planet at both high-frequency and high-resolution, providing accessible and affordable solutions for customers. Satellogic’s mission is to democratize access to geospatial data through its information platform to help solve the world’s most pressing problems including climate change, energy supply, and food security. Using its patented Earth imaging technology, Satellogic unlocks the power of Earth Observation to deliver high-quality, planetary insights at the lowest cost in the industry. With more than a decade of experience in space, Satellogic has proven technology and a strong track record of delivering satellites to orbit and high-resolution data to customers at the right price point. To learn more, please visit: http://www.satellogic.com. About CF Acquisition Corp. V CF Acquisition Corp. V is a blank check company led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick and sponsored by Cantor Fitzgerald. About Cantor Fitzgerald Cantor Fitzgerald, with over 12,000 employees, is a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation and has been a proven and resilient leader for over 70 years. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, SPAC underwriting and PIPE placements, prime brokerage and commercial real estate and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of the 24 primary dealers authorized to transact business with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For more information, please visit: www.cantor.com. Additional Information This press release relates to a proposed transaction between Satellogic and CFV. In connection with the transaction described herein, CFV and Satellogic have filed relevant materials with the SEC, including an effective registration statement on Form F-4, which includes a prospectus of Satellogic and a proxy statement of CFV. The definitive proxy statement was sent to all CFV stockholders. Satellogic and CFV will also file other documents regarding the proposed transaction with the SEC including a proxy statement/prospectus supplement describing the Liberty investment in more detail. Before making any voting or investment decision, investors and security holders of Satellogic and CFV are urged to read the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus, the proxy statement/prospectus supplement and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction as they become available because they will contain important information about the proposed transaction. Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement, the proxy statement/prospectus, the proxy statement/prospectus supplement and all other relevant documents filed or that will be filed with the SEC by Satellogic or CFV through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. The documents filed by CFV with the SEC also may be obtained free of charge upon written request to CF Acquisition Corp. V, 110 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 or via email at CFV@cantor.com. The documents filed by Satellogic with the SEC also may be obtained free of charge upon written request to Satellogic USA, Inc., 210 Delburg St., Davidson, NC 28036. Participants in the Solicitation Satellogic, CFV and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from CFV’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. A list of the names of such directors and executive officers, and information regarding their interests in the business combination and their ownership of CFV’s securities are, or will be, contained in CFV’s filings with the SEC, and such information and names of Satellogic’s directors and executive officers are also in the registration statement on Form F-4 filed with the SEC by Satellogic and the proxy statement/prospectus supplement. Non-Solicitation This press release is not a proxy statement or solicitation of a proxy, consent or authorization with respect to any securities or in respect of the potential transaction and shall not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities of CFV or Satellogic, nor shall there be any sale of any such securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).

[Category: News, Cantor Fitzgerald, CF Acquisition Corp. V, CFV, Earth observation, Emiliano Kargieman, Friedman Kaplan Seiler & Adelman LLP, Gerardo Richarte, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Howard Lutnick, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, Liberty Strategic Capital, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, remote sensing, Satellogic, SBLA Advisers Corp., SoftBank, Steve Mnuchin]

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[l] at 1/18/22 9:32am
Credit: EarthDaily Analytics Industry-leading partners to construct ground-breaking satellite constellation enabling super-spectral imagery, scientific-grade data, and value-added analytics with daily global coverage. VACOUVER, B.C., January 18, 2021 (EarthDaily Analytics PR) – EarthDaily Analytics Corp. (“EDA” or the “Company”), a vertically-integrated data processing and analytics company pairing cutting-edge Big Data tools with proven Space technologies, today announces the initial mission partners for the Company’s EarthDaily Constellation of 9 super-spectral satellites. The EarthDaily Constellation will provide unprecedented daily global coverage of the Earth’s land masses, significantly enhancing geospatial analytics capabilities to provide value-added insights in industries including agriculture, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), insurance, disaster prevention and recovery, commodities trading, and more by the end of 2023. EDA’s lead partner for this mission is Loft Orbital Solutions Inc. (“Loft Orbital”), which in turn has contracted with Europe’s largest aeronautics and space company, Airbus, to supply satellite buses based on Airbus’ OneWeb heritage and production lines, incorporating a range of technical improvements in line with EarthDaily’s ultra-high performance requirements. EDA’s contract with Loft Orbital includes 10 satellite buses (including an in-orbit spare), integration of the imaging payloads into the satellites, launch, and spacecraft operations. Loft Orbital will also provide the systems and services that enable EDA to operate the imaging payloads and downlink the data directly to its cloud-based ground segment. “We’ve partnered with industry leaders to ensure dependability and ultra-high quality products and services for our current and future customers on a global basis, and in so doing we are changing the business of monitoring both natural and human-caused change across the planet. The combined efforts of each mission partner will ensure the EarthDaily Constellation will provide unprecedented capabilities that will power enterprise-grade analytics at scale. By utilizing ground-breaking artificial intelligence / machine learning applications, EDA will be in the unique position to provide differentiated, highly value-added insights and solutions for a wide range of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Don Osborne, CEO of EarthDaily Analytics. “We are very excited to be supporting EarthDaily Analytics with the build-out and operations of this constellation,” said Pierre-Damien Vaujour, CEO of Loft Orbital. “Combining our products with the reliable flight-proven hardware from our partners is the key that has been the hallmark of Loft services, and we are delighted to have EarthDaily Analytics benefit from those capabilities.” International private equity firm Antarctica Capital announced the formation of EarthDaily Analytics Corporation in April 2021 and has committed to support the construction of the $150M EarthDaily Constellation. EarthDaily Analytics has developed a market leading, proprietary, cloud-native, fully automated SaaS data processing platform, EarthPipeline, that transforms raw satellite data into ultra-high quality image products. These products are direct-to-algorithm ready and power artificial intelligence-based analytics products and services. The fully automated nature of the EarthPipeline enables “no humans in the loop” operation that is critical to cost effectively managing the extraordinary scale of processing required for the daily global coverage of the EarthDaily Constellation. Construction of the EarthDaily Constellation satellites began in September 2021, with launches scheduled for 2023. The constellation will collect scientific-grade, 5 meter resolution imagery of the planet in a unique combination of 22 spectral bands using 3 different camera types, covering a broad spectral range from visible to thermal wavelengths, to support a range of geoanalytics applications across diverse end markets. Additional mission partners will be announced in the coming weeks. About EarthDaily Analytics EarthDaily Analytics (EDA), a Canadian company with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, provides evidence-based, actionable insights for addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges, from sustainable agriculture and disaster management to climate change monitoring and forestry protection, among many others. Its EarthDaily Agro (formerly Geosys) division, with operations in Minneapolis, USA, and Toulouse, France, has more than thirty years of AgTech experience analyzing weather and satellite data for agriculture, serving stakeholders across the agricultural value chain with proven solutions for monitoring and benchmarking crops throughout the growing season. EDA has developed EarthPipeline, the world’s first Ground Segment as a Service, that uses proprietary algorithms combined with the latest advancements in computer vision and machine learning to produce scientific quality Analytics Ready Data in the cloud at massive scale for “big data” infrastructure and geoanalytics. This fully automated processing pipeline is used with data from a number of satellite sensors to power the geoanalytics services by its EarthDaily Agro division and is now also being offered commercially. EDA is also developing the EarthDaily Satellite Constellation to image the Earth’s landmass and large maritime areas every single day, with the data being processed by the EarthPipeline to produce scientific-quality superspectral imagery that will power groundbreaking innovations in a wide range of AI and machine learning applications. For more information, visit www.earthdaily.com. About Antarctica Capital Antarctica Capital is an international private equity firm headquartered in New York with assets under management in excess of $2 billion as of December 31, 2020. Antarctica Capital is a registered investment advisor and is dedicated to investments in private markets and real assets and the establishment of long-term capital vehicles to leverage this investment focus. Antarctica Capital’s investment approach is active ownership with an inherent focus on sustainability and to provide more than capital to develop companies. The firm has an absolute return focus, which leads the firm to rigorously evaluate and build conviction around idiosyncratic investment opportunities and build value through the implementation of its investment strategies, such as SIGA®, SARO® and SEREY.

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LUXEMBOURG, 18 Jan 2022 (OHB SE PR) – OHB SE (OHB), one of Europe’s leading space companies, its subsidiary LuxSpace, a provider of space systems, applications and services, and OQ Technology (OQ), a global satellite operator, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) service sector. The cooperation between LuxSpace, OHB and OQ will include satellite-based IoT upstream and downstream activities to enhance the portfolio of services available to customers in different markets, including, but not limited to, energy, agriculture, defence and the green economy. Following the signature of a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the ARTES (Advanced Research in Telecommunications System) programme, LuxSpace is developing a flexible microsatellite platform, Triton-X. With a launch mass of around 200 kg, high performing on-board processing and the optimisation for rideshare missions, Triton-X is perfectly suited for accommodating OQ’s 5G IoT payload in low Earth orbit (LEO). At the completion of the development phase, the platform is expected to be ready for manufacturing and integration of payloads by mid-2023. OQ’s “cell towers in space” and the company’s services are ideal for applications requiring fast and real-time data processing in remote and rural areas, particularly in industries such as oil & gas, logistics, mining, artificial intelligence, drone control, vehicle telematics and defence. The agreement will also take into account the use of other OHB space systems for the benefit of OQ. Egbert Jan van der Veen, managing director of OHB Venture Capital said: “OQ Technology is one of the most promising companies in the area of Satellite IoT we have talked to. I am very excited about the potential of their technology and looking forward to working together with the team on the upstream as well as the downstream.” Edgar Milic, CEO of LuxSpace, said: “These are amazing times in the commercial space sector. The roll-out of new applications from space is accelerating thanks to ground-breaking satellite technologies like Triton-X and the vision of satellite operators like OQ Technologies.” Omar Qaise, founder and CEO of OQ Technology said: “Being recognised by OHB, one of Germany’s leading space and technology companies, and its subsidiary LuxSpace demonstrates the strength of our technology and the potential it offers to the global IoT market.” OQ is the only company in the world that uses standardised 3GPP cellular technology for Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and standard mobile chips to connect devices to satellites. By using standard mobile chips, costing about $5 instead of expensive satellite chips of $150 and more, OQ is able to offer substantial cost savings. That means users do not need to develop new hardware and can buy existing NB-IoT supported devices to get service in remote areas from OQ Technology. Last year, OQ launched its first commercial nanosatellite, “Tiger-2”, and used it to successfully test its hybrid satellite-cellular user terminal in harsh desert conditions. OQ Technology is looking to add further satellites to its constellation this year. Through its growing constellation OQ can provide full coverage for its 5G IoT customers cost-effectively and with exactly the same NB-IoT equipment their customers are using today through a single roaming agreement. About OQ Technology OQ Technology is the world’s first satellite cellular 5G IoT operator that provides global cellular Internet-of-Things and Machine-to-Machine communication solutions through satellites. The company has successfully implemented and demonstrated Narrowband IoT connectivity over Low Earth Orbit satellites and is deploying a global constellation to provide 3GPP compatible satellite IoT telecommunication services for mobile operators and customers in industries such as energy, mining, logistics, maritime, agriculture, and defence. The company’s patented technology that can be easily embedded in existing cellular chips allows billions of users around the world to have ubiquitous IoT connectivity anywhere and using both terrestrial and satellite networks.   www.oqtec.com | https://twitter.com/oqtec|https://www.linkedin.com/company/oqtechnologysarl About OHB SE OHB SE is a German space and technology group and one of the leading independent forces in the European space industry. With over 3,000 highly qualified employees and 14 locations in 10 countries, the OHB Group is excellently positioned to face international competition and has made a name for itself as a reliable partner for government institutions and private companies. OHB SEs activities are spread across three business units: Space Systems, Aerospace and Digital. While satellite systems and space missions are realised in the Space Systems segment, the Aerospace segment is a major supplier to the European aerospace industry. The third and newest business unit, Digital, combines launch services, satellite operations and the development of IT applications based on satellite data.About LuxSpace Founded in 2004 as a daughter company of OHB SE, LuxSpace is located in the SES Business Center in Luxembourg. LuxSpace is an integrated provider of microsatellite and application solutions to the global institutional and commercial markets, with a track record of five space systems successfully deployed, including the Triton-2/ESAIL satellite launched in September 2020, and 15 years of experience in developing integrated data services with special focus on the Maritime and the more general Earth Observation domain.

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Credit: SpaceX KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (SpaceX PR) SpaceX is targeting today, Tuesday, January 18, for a Falcon 9 launch of 49 Starlink satellites to low Earth orbit from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The instantaneous launch window is at 7:04 p.m. EST (00:04 UTC on January 19). The booster supporting this mission previously launched GPS III-3, Turksat 5A, Transporter-2, and six Starlink missions. Following stage separation, SpaceX will land Falcon 9’s first stage on the A Shortfall of Gravitas droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Each of Falcon 9’s fairing halves previously supported one Starlink mission. You can watch the live launch webcast starting about 15 minutes before liftoff. 

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Proton rocket lifts off on July 31, 2020. (Credit: Roscosmos) MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) Within the framework of the planned program of launches of the Proton-M heavy class launch vehicles, the State Space Research and Production Center named after M.V. Khrunichev (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) has four rockets left to manufacture. Currently, ten Proton-M launch vehicles are in storage, and this year it is planned to complete the manufacture of the last four rockets. The Proton is being replaced by the Angara-A5 heavy-class launch vehicle, which successfully launched in 2014, 2020 and 2021. as part of flight design tests. The launch of a full technological cycle for the production of Angara launch vehicles on the basis of the Omsk branch of the Khrunichev Center of the Polet Production Association (part of Roscosmos) is a priority task for the Roscosmos State Corporation. Angara-A5 launch (Credit: Russian Aerospace Forces) The operation of the Proton space rocket complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome began in 1965. At present, 426 launches of the Proton launch vehicle have been made in its various configurations. The main configuration for launching federal and commercial payloads is the Proton-M launch vehicle with the Breeze-M upper stage.

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Artist illustration of Northrop Grumman’s HALO module and the Power Propulsion Element which form the first critical component of NASA’s Gateway. (Credit: Northrop Grumman) TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 17, 2022 (Paragon SDC PR) Paragon Space Development Corporation (Paragon) is proud to announce that Northrop Grumman has finalized its contract with Paragon valued in excess of $100 million for the life support system of the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) program. HALO will be deployed in lunar orbit as the first crew module of NASAs Lunar Gateway. HALO will serve as both a crew habitat and docking station for spacecraft that will routinely travel between the Earth and the moon. As part of the Northrop Grumman team, Paragon is responsible for the design, build, test and delivery of the HALO Environment Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), which provides a livable, safe and comfortable environment for visiting crew members at the Lunar Gateway. Paragons ECLSS will safely and reliably purify and condition the atmosphere by continuously maintaining the air temperature, removing trace contaminants such as carbon dioxide and odors, and controlling oxygen and humidity. The HALO ECLSS will provide all necessary operational data to the crew and Mission Control required for monitoring and operation—operations that are expected to span more than 15 years. This one-of-a-kind mission objective of long-term life support 250,000 miles from Earth is challenging and exciting. Paragon appreciates that Northrop Grumman and NASA have recognized the unique skills our team has to deliver on this challenging endeavor, said Grant Anderson, President and CEO and Co-Founder of Paragon.  Barry Finger, Paragons Vice President of Engineering added, HALO is vital to Americas efforts to get back to the moon and eventually to Mars. It is part of a renewed national commitment to an enduring U.S. human spaceflight program – and we are proud to be a part of the program. Based on the terms of this contract for which effort started in 2020, the Paragon/Northrop Grumman team will work towards a Critical Design Review in the second quarter of 2022 with intended delivery of the HALO module to the launch site in 2024. Paragon has been a trusted leader in supporting mission critical operations for space, military, and commercial customers around the world for over 28 years. For more information and other news, visit www.paragonsdc.com.

[Category: News, Barry Finger, ECLSS, Environmental Control and Life Support System, Grant Anderson, habitation and logistics outpost, HALO module, human spaceflight, Lunar Gateway, moon, Northrop Grumman, Paragon Space Development Corporation]

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[l] at 1/18/22 3:51am
DUBAI (Alpha Blue Ocean PR) Alpha Blue Ocean, the family office founded by Pierre Vannineuse and financial partner of WISeKey (Tickers: SW: WIHN and US: WKEY), announces the new technological breakthrough of the Swiss group led by Carlos Creus Moreira. On January 13, 2022, WISeKey launched the audacious project to generate the first NFT from space On January 13, 2021, WISeKey launched its first WISeSat pico satellite via SpaceXs (*) Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Transporter 3 mission to generate the first NFT from space. The NFT will be captured by the WISeSat satellite station in La Linea in south of Spain and minted on WISe.ART NFT Marketplace. Pierre Vannineuse founder and CIO of Alpha Blue Ocean said “Alpha Blue Ocean would like to praise this technological hardware and software achievement by WISeKeys teams. It will allow the NFT ecosystem to evolve towards a truly global constellation by generating the first NFT from space! We are over the moon to have participated in the financing of WISeKey in order to achieve this goal and to see that it has garnered the support of industry giants such as SpaceX (*) which aims to facilitate humanitys conquest of space! This operation is the result of recent strategic investments, in particular a stake in FOSSA Systems, the group headed by Julian Fernandez. The WISeSat satellite is a security-hardened FOSSASAT-2E satellite designed to further drive down satellite costs for the already-small CubeSat size. Amine Nedjai, CEO of Alpha Blue Ocean and all the team would like to congratulate Team WISeKey for this latest achievement which has already entered the annals of history. Created in 2017, Alpha Blue Ocean is a pioneer and leading stakeholder in alternative finance in Europe, particularly in the life science and technology sector. Over a four-year period, the group founded by Pierre Vannineuse has committed to over €1.5 bn in financial engagements, with the majority invested in cutting-edge industrial technology projects. (*) SpaceX was created by the entrepreneur Elon Musk that is also known for multiple other high tech and high stake endeavors such as Tesla Inc. (TSLA: US), The Boring Company, X.com  now part of PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL: US) -, Neuralink, OpenAI & Zip2 but also known as a key opinion leader within the world of cryptocurrencies and NFTs.

[Category: News, Amine Nedjai, Cubesats, Falcon 9, Fossa Systems, Julian Fernandez, NFTs, Pierre Vannineuse, SpaceX, Transporter-3, WISeKey, WISeSat]

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Roc aircraft (Credit: Stratolaunch) MOJAVE, Calif., January 16, 2022 (Stratolaunch PR) – Stratolaunch LLC is excited to announce the successful completion of its third Roc carrier aircraft test flight. Roc is the world’s largest aircraft, with a 385 ft. wingspan. The aircraft took off at 8:47 a.m. PST and flew for 4 hours, 23 minutes over the Mojave Desert. It reached an altitude of 23,500 feet (7162.8 m) at an indicated air speed of 180 knots. This flight further prepared the carrier aircraft to support launches of its upcoming hypersonic testbed vehicle, Talon-A. Launched from the Roc carrier aircraft, Talon-A vehicles are rocket-powered, autonomous, reusable testbeds carrying customizable payloads at speeds above Mach 5. This capability enables routine access to the hypersonic flight environment, which is critical for scientific research, technological development, and component demonstration. Initial results from today’s test objectives include: Continued evaluation of the aircraft’s performance and handling characteristics at increased speeds and altitudeValidation of the left mid-main gear operations including door operations, and alternate gear extension of the left mid-main gear “Today’s successful flight demonstrates and validates improvements to the carrier aircraft’s systems and overall flight performance,” said Dr. Zachary Krevor, Stratolaunch President and Chief Operating Officer. “We will take the data we gathered today and continue to advance the aircraft’s operational performance to support hypersonic testing in 2022.” “The partial gear retraction seen during today’s flight is a graduated approach to building confidence in the landing gear and gear door hardware. Testing the left main landing gear individually mitigated risk and provided our aircrew with options for landing the aircraft in the event the hardware didn’t perform as expected,” Krevor said. “We’ll review the data and determine when we can get back into the air to continue advancing our unique, hypersonic architecture. In addition to testing the carrier aircraft, the team continues to make incredible strides in building its first two Talon-A test vehicles, TA-0 and TA-1. TA-1 completed its initial power-on testing in late December 2021, keeping the company on track to begin hypersonic flight testing in 2022 and to deliver services to government and commercial customers in 2023. About Stratolaunch Stratolaunchs mission is to advance high-speed technology through innovative design, manufacturing, and operation of world-class aerospace vehicles. For the latest news and information, visit www.stratolaunch.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

[Category: News, hypersonic flights, Roc airplane, Stratolaunch, TA-0, TA-1, Talon-A, Zachary Krevor]

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Long March 2D launches from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. (Credit: CASC) China conducted its first launch of the year on Monday when a Long March 2D rocket launched the classified Shiyan-13 satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Chinese officials gave no details about the function of the satellite. The launch occurred at 10:35 a.m. local time. A Chinese media report said that temperatures in the launch site area were as low as -37 Celsius (-34.6 Fahrenheit). It was the 406th launch of the Long March series of launch vehicles.

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Starship SN15 takes off on May 5, 2021. (Credit: SpaceX webcast) by Douglas MessierManaging Editor ESG Hounds latest look SpaceXs plan to launch Super Heavy/Starship boosters from its Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas suggests the entire effort might need to be scrapped. (The US Department of Interior Drops the Gauntlet on SpaceX and the FAA: SpaceX is headed for an EIS) The problem: the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and National Park Service do not agree that launching the worlds most powerful rocket will have a non-significant impact on federal and state-managed wildlife refuges and national monuments that surround the Boca Chica launch site. Without their sign off, ESG Hound says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cant approve the plan using an ongoing environmental assessment that it aims to complete by Jan. 31. A more complicated and lengthy environmental review would be required. resulting in years of delays. Further, if SpaceX has viable alternatives for Super Heavy/Starship launches in Florida, the company might be required to abandon the Starbase site in Texas. Developing news facilities could result in significant delays to Super Heavy/Starship and the Human Landing System that SpaceX is building for NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface. Confused? Lets review a little bit of history first. The Best Laid Plans After performing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the FAA approved SpaceX to launch up to a dozen Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets annually from the site. The approval also allowed Elon Musks company to perform flights of experimental vehicles. SpaceX subsequently abandoned plans for the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy and began testing Starship prototypes with three engines. The FAA allowed the testing, but the agency decided that a new environmental review was required in order to approve Boca Chica for launches of Starship and its Super Heavy first stage, which would have up to 33 engines. The question was, what type of environmental review? As ESG Hound explains: As a summary, the debate up to this point has been whether the environmental impacts of Starbase’s future plans are below significance thresholds under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). FAA and SpaceX’s Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) is a stripped-down environmental review document built on the assumption that all impacts are either insignificant (de minimus) or can be mitigated to be such once the EA is finalized with a Finding of Non-Significant Impact (FONSI) statement from the FAA.If any impacts are determined to be of significance, the FAA is required to initiate a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which would be a multi-year process. An EIS would be required to be drafted, reviewed, completed, and certified before any Heavy Booster static fires, Starship launches, or commitment to further launch infrastructure development can commence. The location SpaceX selected for its Starbase, designed to launch people to Mars on the most powerful rocket ever developed, is in a middle of some very sensitive environmental areas. In case you weren’t aware, Starbase is surrounded on all sides by hundreds of acres of federal wildlife refuge, in addition to nearby National Park Service protected monuments (Palmito Hill Battlefield Memorial) and Texas Parks and Wildlife lands. The problem is that FWS which has jurisdiction over the federal wildlife refuge and the National Park Service do not concur with the FAAs conclusions that the impacts of Super Heavy/Starship rockets will be insignificant (de minimus) or that Starbase qualifies as temporary occupancy under federal law. The article says that both agencies must agree in writing under Department of Transportation (DOT) statute known as Section 4(f). In November, the Department of the Interior (DOI) sent the FAA a joint letter from FWS and the National Park Service explaining why they dont agree. (The letter and related documents were released under a Freedom of Information Act request.) The article excerpted highlights from the DOI letter: These on-going closures extend beyond temporary Section 4(f) property use that is typically considered under Section 4(f) under DOT modal administration Section 4(f) regulations at 23 CFR 774.13(d).Closure of Palmito Ranch Battlefield NHL to the public 11.4% of the year for launch operations (which does not include closures related to anomalies of up to an additional 6.8% per year) would impair public access to the NHL on a continual basis, and thus contribute to a Section 4(f) use. Restrictions to access substantially diminish the utility of the NHL (visitor use, education, and enjoyment) and thus reduce the ability to meet the NHLs purpose.…further analysis of the temporary on-going impact of the Project from closures on established purposes of the NWR, such as on 3 recreation and wildlife management, and anomaly events that result in debris on the NWR that will need to be removed, is warranted given the extensive interference and substantial impairment caused by access restrictions that will be permanent during Project operations. The FWS believes that a Section 4(f) use exists and requests FAA provide further clarification.SpaceX appears to be a permanent facility. As such, continued closures of the road prevent public access to NWR lands and prevent staff and researchers from accessing lands they manage. This adversely and permanently impairs FWS attributes and protected activities as long as SpaceX continues to frequently close State Highway 4. This should be addressed as something other than a temporary or de minimis impact because it is part of a permanent operation plan.“Occupancy of the Section 4(f) properties would be short term, and there would no permanent or residual effects to the properties lasting beyond occupancy.”Comment: 100% of scattered debris has not been retrieved. Sharp metal parts can be found below the sand and may not be visible during retrieval of debris. In addition, ruts on algal flats do not recover very easily. The SpaceX contract environmental cleanup should use only specialized personnel and equipment designed to protect and restore the sensitive habitat types found in the area. The Space X should not be allowed to prohibit FWS staff, TPWD staff, NPS staff, or other agency representatives and their researchers to enter to collect biological and cultural resource data even during closures, and ensure SpaceX contract or fund collection of data on impacts to sensitive habitat types and wildlife species impacted by anomalies. In other words, ESG Hound wrote The DOI flatly rejects nearly every single Section 4(f) de minimus and temporary occupancy determination. Their sign-off, in writing, is required by statute for FAA to approve the Section 4(f) determination.FAA’s guidance states that “When a project would involve the use of a Section 4(f) property and the FAA cannot make a de minimis impact determination, the FAA must prepare a Section 4(f) evaluation.”The FAA cannot make a de minimus determination, because they don’t have approval from the DOI to do so. That means that this is an EIS project. As mentioned, a full EIS of the Boca Chica plan would take several years, thus delaying SpaceXs development of Super Heavy/Starship and the companys plans to adapt Starship to serve as the Human Landing System (HLS) for NASAs Artemis program, which aims to return astronauts to the moon in 2025. But, heres the kicker. According the ESG Hound article Not only are FAA’s hands tied on the EIS front, a full Section 4(f) Evaluation is a potential nightmare. This evaluation requires the identification of a suitable alternative that is both “Feasible and Prudent.” If this Feasible and Prudent alternative site will have a lower Section 4(f) impact, the FAA is prohibited from giving the Green Light to Starbase. At all. This is outside of NEPA as well. So if, for example, the Cape Canaveral LC 39 pad that SpaceX is developing is determined to be a feasible and prudent alternative, Starbase is dead. Dead Dead. SpaceX is working developing a Super Heavy/Starship launch complex near Pad 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There do not seem to be any serious obstacles to that project. A SpaceX proposal to build an additional complex to be designated Pad 40 north of that location has raised concerns among environmental groups. It will be interesting to see if FWS and the National Park Service bow to political pressure and change their positions. No matter what the FAA does with regard to Boca Chica, the decision is likely to end up in court as a result of environmental groups objecting to an approval or SpaceX appealing the need for a full EIS. Court challenges would result in their own delays.

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Meagan Crawford (Credit: Sen) LONDON (Sen PR) Sen announces that it has appointed Meagan Crawford, Managing Partner of U.S. venture capital firm SpaceFund, to its Board of Directors. The appointment follows SpaceFund’s investment in Sen’s seed round. Sen raised £3.7M ($5M) during the round which closed in 2021. Sen’s first satellite, which will capture Ultra High Definition video of Earth, is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station this January aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Charles Black, Founder & CEO of Sen, said “We’re thrilled that Meagan has joined the Board. Meagan’s enthusiasm for Sen, business experience and knowledge of the space sector will be valuable to the Board. Meagan will help support the executive management team in the execution of Sen’s ambitious plans.” Meagan Crawford, Managing Partner of SpaceFund, said “We at SpaceFund were thrilled to lead Sen’s seed round of funding as we’re excited about the company’s business model, vision, and talent. Personally, I’m excited to be a part of this incredible team as we set out to democratize access to data about our home planet through live, streaming video of Earth from space.” About Sen: https://sen.com Sen was founded in 2014 by Charles Black with a vision to democratize space using video to inform, educate, inspire and benefit all humanity. Sen’s mission is to stream real-time videos from space to billions of people, gathering news and information on Earth and space and making the data universally accessible and useful. Sen will capture its unique video content using both hosted video cameras and its own constellations of small satellites.

[Category: News, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Charles Black, Falcon 9, Meagan Crawford, SpaceFund, SpaceX, Ultra High Definition video]

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This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston: Tuesday, January 18 7 PM PST (9 PM CST; 10 PM EST): We welcome back BOB ZIMMERMAN for updates and more. Wednesday, January 19 Hotel Mars pre-recorded. See the Upcoming Show Menu at www.thespaceshow.com for details. Friday, January 21 9:30-11 AM PST; 11:30 AM- 1 PM CST; 12:30-2 PM EST: No Program today. Sunday, January 23 12-1:30 PM PST, (3-4:30 PM EST, 2-3:30 PM CST): We welcome back DR. TOM MATULA with DR. DARRYL MITRY regarding their book, Beyond the Covid Shock: The Great Economic Transition. Part of this discussion will focus on the economic transition and space economy.

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[l] at 1/17/22 6:01am
Mars Perseverance Sol 320 NASAs Mars Perseverance rover acquired this image using its onboard SHERLOC WATSON imager. The camera is located on the turret at the end of the rovers robotic arm. The image was acquired on Jan. 13, 2022 (Sol 320). (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech) by Jennifer TrosperProject ManagerNASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory NASA’s Mars 2020 mission team has been working methodically and thoroughly, making good progress on understanding the best path forward to remove the uninvited pebbles from Perseverance’s bit carousel. Over the previous weekend, and earlier this week, operational sequences were developed and tested to remove these rocky interlopers. With terrestrial experimentation complete, we have begun executing our mitigation strategy on Mars. On Jan. 12 we did a detailed image survey of the ground below Perseverance. This was done so we would have a good idea what rocks and pebbles already exist down there before some more – from our bit carousel – join them in the not-so-distant future.   With this below-chassis, preliminary imaging, in hand, the team embarked on a maneuver with our robotic arm I never imagined we would perform – ever. Simply put, we are returning the remaining contents of Sample Tube 261 (our latest cored-rock sample) back to its planet of origin. Although this scenario was never designed or planned for prior to launch, it turns out dumping a core from an open tube is a fairly straightforward process (at least during Earth testing). We sent commands up yesterday, and later on today the rover’s robotic arm will simply point the open end of the sample tube toward the surface of Mars and let gravity do the rest. I imagine your next question is, “Why are you dumping out the contents of the sample tube?” The answer is that, at present, we are not certain how much cored rock continues to reside in Tube 261. And while this rock will never make my holiday card list, the science team really seems to like it. So if our plans go well with our pebble mitigation (see below), we may very well attempt to core “Issole” (the rock from which this sample was taken) again. Debris in Perseverances Bit Carousel: Pebble-sized debris can be seen in the bit carousel of NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover in this Jan. 7, 2022, image. (Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) Which brings me to next steps in our pebble mitigation strategy: we’re sending up commands to the rover later today, ordering it to do two rotation tests of the bit carousel. These tests (the first, a small rotation; the second, larger) will execute this weekend. Our expectations are that these rotations – and any subsequent pebble movement – will help guide our team, providing them the necessary information on how to proceed. Still, to be thorough, we are also commanding the rover to take a second set of under-chassis images, just in case one or more pebbles happen to pop free.    We expect the data and imagery from these two rotation tests to be sent to Earth by next Tuesday, Jan. 18. From there, we’ll analyze and further refine our plans. If I had to ballpark it, I would estimate we’ll be at our current location another week or so – or even more if we decide to re-sample Issole. So there you have it. The Perseverance team is exploring every facet of the issue to ensure that we not only get rid of this rocky debris but also prevent a similar reoccurrence during future sampling. Essentially, we are leaving no rock unturned in the pursuit of these four pebbles.

[Category: News, Jennifer Trosper, Mars, Perseverance Rover]

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Leslie Haas (Credit: Paragon SDC) TUCSON, Ariz. (Paragon SDC PR) Paragon Space Development Corporation is pleased to announce the promotion of Leslie Haas to Vice President of Business Development. Since joining the company in 2017, she has directed Paragons record-breaking growth in the industry and played a key role in the recently announced acquisition of Final Frontier Design, a leading supplier of spacesuits and ancillary components. These efforts have strengthened Paragons position as a leading supplier of life support services for the government and commercial space market. In this elevated role, Haas will continue to oversee business development, marketing, public relations, government affairs, and technology commercialization efforts as well new strategy initiatives. Paragons President & CEO Grant Anderson had this to say regarding Ms.Haas and the new position, Leslies negotiating acumen and ability to connect the capabilities of Paragon to the needs of the customer is a key element of our success. In her new role, she will be able to focus on the strategic initiatives while running an execution-focused business development and marketing organization commensurate with our size and companys reach. Haas brings over 25 years of business development and operations experience across the space and technology industries. She was recently recognized as one of the 10 Best Aviation Women Leaders of 2021 by Industry Era Women Leaders Magazine. Her prior space experience includes engineering and project management stints on the Space Station and Space Shuttle programs for which she was recognized with the NASA Silver Snoopy Award and was a Rockwell International Engineer of the Year Award Honoree. Later in her career, she was the Co-Founder, Vice President and General Manager of the Sony DVD Center, one of the technical pioneers of the DVD format which led to the pathway of streaming technology in todays platforms. Her successful leadership of this division resulted in the Sony CEO Award and the Sony 50th Anniversary Innovation Award.  Paragon has been on the forefront of systems designed for extreme environments in sea, land, air, and space for over 28 years. Paragon has a successful history of providing design, analysis and/or hardware on every human space program of record since 1999. Since then, Paragon has grown in personnel, design, analysis, manufacturing, and operational capabilities to support the most current and forward-leaning civil and commercial space programs. For more information and other news, visit www.paragonsdc.com.

[Category: News, Final Frontier Design, Grant Anderson, Leslie Haas, Paragon Space Development Corporation]

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Rendering of Dodona, USCs third satellite in space. (Credit: USC SERC) LOS ANGELES (USC PR) Ridesharing remains a popular way to get around in Los Angeles, but what about ridesharing to get to space? The SpaceX Smallsat Rideshare program offers a viable and affordable option to launch up to 200 kg into a sun-sychronous, low Earth orbit. That is why, along with approximately 80-90 other satellites, USC’s Dodona satellite—it’s third ever—hitched a ride on SpaceX’s latest mission, Transporter 3 this week. Partner Lockheed Martin supported USC students (graduate and undergraduate) and faculty to take an internally built Cubesat (measuring 30 cms by 10 by 10, called Dodona) the size of bread box and test Lockheed Martin’s newest payload technologies in orbit, including new software that allows for rapid mission changes while in orbit. This SmartSat technology is part of Lockheed Martin’s larger La Jument program, and Dodona is the first is a series of demonstration flights. Dodona is a project out of USC’s Space Engineering Research Center, directed by Professor David Barnhart, which is a joint research center from USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Astronautical Engineering and the Information Sciences Institute. Said Tom Smith, vice president for Lockheed Martin’s Centers of Excellence that include Optical Payloads: “The La Jument integrated payload was designed by Lockheed Martin and then integrated and tested with Dodona by USC students at the Space Engineering Research Center (SERC). The La Jument 3U payload on Dodona will be the first satellite to fully use Lockheed Martin’s SmartSat software-defined satellite architecture on its payload. It’s a game changer for space because we can easily update satellites after launch and use advanced AI algorithms in orbit instead of just on the ground.” Sonia Phares, vice president for engineering and technology at Lockheed Martin Space, added, “The La Jument/Dodona launch is the first of three rapid prototyping missions Lockheed Martin will deliver in 2022. Our dual LINUSS spacecraft will be in GEO orbit by Mid-May, and our dual Pony Express 2 spacecraft will be launch to low earth orbit in October. “ The La Jument payload suite includes low SWAP (size, weight and power) optical and infrared cameras that employ algorithms to enhance imagery in-orbit, plus Lockheed Martin’s Compass advanced mission planning app. The Compass team developed a new Target Selection Visualization tool which makes it much easier to identify a targeted region to photograph. Using a map overlay, users can pick a point on the map within the satellite’s coverage area and the tool translates that into messages relayed back to the USC team commanding the satellite. Alongside Lockheed’s new technology suite, the SERC team is testing a new “B dot” controller—a new guidance control algorithm that interacts with the Earth’s magnetic field to stabilize the satellite in orbit. SERC launched its first satellite, Careus—developed in partnership between USC and Northrop Grumman—in 2010, and its second, Aeneas in 2012. The process of developing and launching a satellite requires vigorous design work and testing, including “shake and bake” testing, which literally checks how the satellite fares when shook and heated to simulate launch. Satellites also must adhere to global regulations, including making sure the team can bring the satellite down within an agreed upon period of time and ensuring the satellite’s orbit will not interfere with other satellites. For Dodona, the team also needed to receive FCC approval for operating its small radio, an off-the-shelf radio made for Cubesats so the satellite can both receive commands sent up from the ground station (located on USC’s University Park campus) and downlink data on the health and status of the satellite while in orbit. Lockheed Martin will operate a similar ground station at its Valley Forge facility in Pennsylvania. In the following two weeks, the USC-Lockheed Martin team will assess mission success criteria, including the satellite’s launch into and stability in orbit and its ability to transmit data about what’s happening on the spacecraft. The mission is focused on Lockheed Martin’s optical payload, and will be the first satellite from USC able to take photos of the Earth from space. Part of SERC’s mission is creating hands-on opportunities for students and faculty to build and test advanced space technology, in addition to integrating, launching and operating small satellites. Dodona takes advantage of the space focused curriculum through analysis tools and techniques that are taught at USC through the Astronautical Engineering Department. SERC’s next small satellite project is Magneto, a fully student-built class project it hopes to launch in late 2022, and has a new rendezvous technology planned to fly inside the International Space Station in early 2023.

[Category: News, Cubesats, David Barnhart, Dodona satellite, Falcon 9, Information Sciences Institute, La Jument program, Lockheed Martin, SmallSat Rideshare Program, SmartSat technology, Sonia Phares, Space Engineering Research Center, SpaceX, Tom Smith, Transporter-3, University of Southern California, USC, USC Viterbi School of Engineering]

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