Proposed spaceport gives Italy’s commercial space sector a boost

Italy’s proposed Grottaglie spaceport is attracting new deals with private space firms that could spur more activity in the country’s budding commercial space sector. Sitael, a small satellite manufacturer and Italy’s largest private space company, recently announced an agreement with Virgin Orbit for “extensive collaboration” on future launches and “investment into future launch system evolution.” “The demand for small satellites grows higher every day and the ability to launch on

NanoRacks courting Asian, European customers with business development partnership

NanoRacks is pursuing more international commercial and government customers for its space station offerings, amid a global explosion in new commercial space ventures and activities. The company is opening up its first office outside the U.S. with the hopes that an expanded presence in Europe will help it tap into a growing customer base across Europe and Asia. “The exploration industry is growing at an extraordinary pace,” Jeff Manber, CEO