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Max Q: A week of firsts

In this issue: A first for NASA’s Artemis program… …and Japanese firm ispace News from Quantum Space, and more

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Arianespace launched the Ariane 5 rocket for the third and final time this year from French Guiana. (Space) AST SpaceMobile and NASA signed a Space Act Agreement to formalize information- and data-sharing aimed at increasing space safety. (AST SpaceMobile) Elon Musk is turning to SpaceX’s legal team to fill the lawyer void at Twitter due to departures and layoffs. (NYTimes) Jeff Bezos will star in an animated series called “Blue Origins Space Rangers” aimed at kids. (TechCrunch) Landspace, a Chinese launch firm, failed to send what would have been the world’s first methane-fueled rocket to orbit. (SpaceNews) Pixxel has appointed Preston Dunlap, former CTO and chief architect officer of the U.S. Space Force, to its board of directors. (Pixxel) Planet recorded record revenues for the third quarter, as the company quickly becomes a bright spot in an otherwise dreary post-SPAC space company performance landscape. (Planet Labs) Quantum Space, a company developing robotic platforms for cislunar space, landed $15 million in funding from Prime Movers Lab. (TechCrunch) SpaceX’s reported tender offer could value the company at $140 billion. (Bloomberg) TransAstra, a ’21 YC alum, landed an SBIR from NASA and an STTR from the DoD to further develop orbital debris and space domain awareness tech. (TransAstra) Max Q is brought to you by me, Aria Alamalhodaei. If you enjoy reading Max Q, consider forwarding it to a friend. Max Q: A week of firsts by Aria Alamalhodaei originally published on TechCrunch


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