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SDA Awards $1.3B to Northrop Grumman and York Space Systems

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has tapped the providers to build its next batch of satellites. The agency announced yesterday that it awarded contracts worth ~$1.3B for 100 satellites to fill out Tranche 2 of the network’s Transport layer, a part of its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA) in LEO.

Saudi Arabia Awards ASPACE 266M

ASPACE, a Hong Kong-based satellite manufacturer, is laying groundwork for a future aerospace industry in Saudi Arabia. The company announced this week that the kingdom had invested 1B Saudi riyals ($266.6M) to help it develop advanced satellite technology domestically.

Senate Passes Orbital Debris Legislation

The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Tuesday to encourage government investment in tech to clean up space.

How is space data being applied in fintech to address climate change?

Data collected from satellites can be used to create climate models in numerous ways, as climate observations can be made to make predictions for the future environmental status and provide guidance on actions to reduce carbon emissions.

nasa open to extending the iss to beyond 2030

A NASA official opened the door to keeping the International Space Station in operation beyond 2030 if commercial space stations are not yet ready to take over by the end of the decade.