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Another public launch company is coming soon, while a private launch had to extend the date of its first flight. Yet another launcher went ahead with its big debut. It’s Space Launch Launch News Week.

Virgin Orbit plans $ 3.2B SPAC.

Image Credit: Virgin orbit.

Exit events for space-focused startups have been a real dam break in the past year, and it’s hard to attribute it to anything other than the growing popularity of the SPAC integration route in public markets. Virgin Galactic began to fog, and now Richard Branson’s second space company, Virgin Orbit, is following suit.

Virgin Orbit, which also launches its spacecraft from a high-altitude modified commercial aircraft, but which focuses on small satellite payloads instead of flying people, earns about half a billion dollars in cash from the merger. does.

SPACs remain something that most retail investors and market observers should be wary of, but while Virgin Orbit appears to have some solid business, it is now an active launch services provider. The company first entered orbit in January, and then in June launched its first commercial mission to pay customers.

The first start of the relationship slipped, but Astra is on track.

Tyrann 1 rocket of relativity space, artist's rendering.

Image Credit: The place of relationship.

In other news launching news, the 3D printed rocket startup Reality Space has pushed its first flight to 2022. The company’s first Tyrion 1 rocket requires a little more time due to an individual element, but due to various design improvements, new engine design, improved building materials اور and yes, the effect of COVID-19.

The company still aims to make the launch “early 2022”, so it doesn’t look like it is slipping too much in terms of target time. Of course, in the aerospace industry, you can never be sure that a rocket is taking off unless it actually takes off.

Astra is another provider that wants to join the club of active launch companies by the end of 2021. It will look to add this symbol to its belt as well as launch its first commercial for a paying customer, as well as open with a launch window this weekend. It received the green light from the FAA last week to blow up the mission, which set the stage for the effort.

Trade between Taiwan and Australia begins

Image Credit: Australian Space Agency (Opens in a new window)

Taiwanese launch startup TSPES has also received regulatory green light for its first commercial launch. The company is trying to fly a test flight of its two-stage suburban rocket, and will do so from a launch complex in South Australia. Both Australia and Taiwan have young but potentially promising aerospace industries, so having a strong schedule later this year should be a mission to see.

Join us for TC sessions: Space in December.

Last year we held our first dedicated space event, and it turned out so well that we decided to host it again in 2021. This year, it’s happening on December 14th and 15th, and it’s going to be a fully virtual conference again, so people from all over the world can join in – and you can too.

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