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62 PCB007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2024 Space Tech Startup Xona Raises $19M Series A for its Cutting-Edge Satellite Navigation Service E Xona, a company developing a network of small satellites to provide high-precision navigation services, announced an oversubscribed $19 million Series A funding round led by Future Ventures and Seraphim Space. New investors NGP Capital, Industrious Ventures, Murata Electronics, Space Capital, and Aloniq also joined the round. Big Win for Defense Production Act Budget Allocation in FY24 Budget E One year ago, President Biden issued a deter- mination that chips and packaging are criti- cal for national security. Since that time, much work has been done to continue the conversa- tion in Washington, elevating the importance of the entire chips value chain, and including printed circuit boards and substrates, without which chips cannot operate. On the heels of two recent and substantial DoD award announce- ments, the U.S. RTX's Advanced Ground System for Space-based Missile Warning Now Operational E An advanced ground system for space-based missile warning developed by Raytheon, an RTX business, is now operational at the U.S. Space Force's Overhead Persistent Infrared Battlespace Awareness Center (OBAC). "ere are thousands of satellites on orbit today and space is an increasingly contested domain," said Sandy Brown, vice president for Mission Solutions & Payloads for Raytheon. U.S. Air Force Secretary Kendall Flies in AI-Piloted X-62A VISTA E Lockheed Martin Skunk Works joined the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and other gov- ernment and industry partners in hosting U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall to fly in the X-62A Variable In-flight Simulation Test Aircra (VISTA), a one-of-a-kind aircra modified to test artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy capabilities. First Two WorldView Legion Spacecraft Performing Well After Launch E Maxar Intelligence, provider of secure, precise geospatial intelligence, confirmed the first two WorldView Legion satellites are performing well aer being launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. Shortly aer launch, the satellites deployed their solar arrays and began receiv- ing and sending signals. NASA Doubles Down, Advances 6 Innovative Tech Concepts to New Phase E One of the "science fiction-like" concepts— for a lunar railway system to provide pay- load transport on the Moon—is being devel- oped at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts pro- gram (NIAC) has selected six visionary con- cept studies for additional funding and devel- opment. Each study has already completed the initial NIAC phase, showing their futuris- tic ideas—like a lunar railway system and fluid- based telescopes—may provide fresh perspec- tives and approaches as NASA explores the unknown in space.

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