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    Finland’s Private Sector Is Propelling Space Tech

    The Finnish line is out of this world. Despite never having sent a citizen into orbit and only launching its first satellite last year, the Nordic country’s gaining speed in the space race. Its booming startup scene includes Collective Crunch, which uses space-sourced data to survey forests, and the Space Nation app, which tests users’ astronaut abilities — and has promised to send one person per year into orbit. And that might just be the beginning: The European Space Agency plans to significantly increase funding for Finland’s cosmic startups.

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