Japan’s MUFG Bank, along with two other Japanese firms, is leading a $290 million fundraising round for Sierra Space, a U.S. spaceship company. The project aims to establish a commercial “spaceport” in Oita, Japan. Japanese companies are increasingly partnering with private companies in the space industry, from SpaceX to local startups.
Japan’s MUFG Bank Leads $290 Million Fundraising for Sierra Space
Japan’s MUFG Bank, along with two other Japanese firms, is spearheading a $290 million fundraising round for Sierra Space. The project aims to establish a commercial “spaceport” in Oita, Japan. This collaboration between Japanese companies and private space companies reflects a growing interest in the space industry.
NASA Capsule Delivers Largest Asteroid Soil Sample
A NASA space capsule successfully delivered the largest soil sample ever collected from an asteroid to scientists. The capsule, released by the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, parachuted into the Utah desert. This achievement marks a significant milestone in the study of celestial bodies and provides valuable insights into the composition of asteroids.
U.S. Space Force Considers Hotline with China
The United States Space Force is exploring the possibility of establishing a hotline with China to prevent potential crises in space. General Chance Saltzman, the chief of space operations, believes that direct communication between the two forces would be crucial in de-escalating tensions and ensuring the peaceful use of space.
By actively engaging in collaborations, conducting groundbreaking missions, and promoting international cooperation, the space industry continues to push boundaries and unlock new discoveries.