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Issue #75  •  August 29  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.
Exit Trajectory
Kymeta Acquires Service Provider Lepton Global to Ramp Up Go-To-Market Push 
Flat panel antenna company Kymeta Corporation has acquired satellite service provider Lepton Global Solutions LLC, in a move that executives say will strengthen their go-to-market position with the u8 antenna and Kymeta Connect service. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. 
Astronomical Raises
Bill Gates leads $85 million fundraising for satellite antenna specialist Kymeta to scale production
Satellite antenna builder Kymeta announced Tuesday that it closed a significant new round of fundraising led by Bill Gates.
Chinese space launch firm iSpace raises $173 million in series B funding
Private Chinese launch firm iSpace has raised $172 million in series B funding for development of a new series of launch vehicles and reusable engines.
Japanese startup ispace raises $28 million in new funding for private moon landings
In addition to its planned delivery missions, Japanese lunar exploration company ispace is now launching a data analysis service aimed at helping other moon missions.
Indian Earth observation startup Pixxel raises $5 million
Indian Earth observation startup Pixxel announced Aug. 19 it raised $5 million in a seed investment round for a constellation of Earth observation satellites.
Japanese SpaceTech startup Warpspace raises USD $3 Million
Warpspace, the Japanese startup developing an inter-satellite data relay network, announced the additional fund raising and has reached $3 M in total.
Stellar Perspective
The space sector is finally finding its way to the exits
As a wave of acquisitions washes over the space industry, NewSpace investors are finally finding the exits — just not where they expected them to be.
A New Moon Race Features Companies Vying For The First Private Landing
These missions also represent the hopes to make the moon a destination for commercial activity.
Companies are flying old satellites longer, study finds
Nearly a third of commercial geostationary communications satellites in orbit are operating beyond their design lives, a far higher figure than previous years, according to a study. 
Top VC Funds in the NewSpace Industry
The space exploration sector is perhaps the hottest investment area in all of technology at the moment. While investment funds within the space sector are still nascent compared to other areas of investment, several have been created and launched in the past 24 months.
Space Startup Spotlight
India’s first private space launch startup Skyroot succeeds with upper-stage engine fire test
The private space launch industry has expanded significantly since the debut of SpaceX, but some markets, like India, are just now getting the regulatory support to clear the way for private players to participate. Now that those barriers are coming down, however, private launch startup Skyroot is leaping ahead on its way
Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
julian.miller@startupdigestmail.com
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