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SpaceX and T-Mobile send first texts via Starlink satellites

SpaceX successfully sent text messages via Starlink satellites using T-Mobile’s network, as Elon Musk’s company aims to bring its direct-to-device cell service to market in the coming year.

NASA Bumps Up Funding for Blue Origin and Voyager Space Stations

NASA has reallocated a serious pot of funding for the companies still participating in its Commercial LEO Destinations (CLD) program. The agency awarded an additional $42M to the Blue Origin-led Orbital Reef and $57.5M to the Voyager-led Starlab to fund new technical milestones.

d-orbit raises $110M to reach new heights in space logistics services

D-Orbit, an Italian startup that provides an array of logistics services for companies operating satellites and other services in space, has raised €100 million ($110 million) in a Series C round of equity funding.

The Projected Growth of the Middle Eastern Space Economy

Euroconsult report predicts a significant boom in the size of the industry, driven primarily by government investment and partnerships with foreign governments and commercial entities.

SpaceX targets February for third Starship test flight

SpaceX expects to conduct the third integrated test flight of its Starship vehicle in February as it works to demonstrate key technologies needed to land humans on the moon.