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The Latest SPAC News and Rumors: February 15, 2022
by Marlena Haddad on 2022-02-15 at 12:10am

Below is a daily summary of links to the latest SPAC news and rumors gathered across the web. 

Latest SPAC News:  Joby teams up with ANA to bring flying taxis to Japan, Rigetti partners with Nasdaq to pursue quantum advantage, and Nauticus Robotics announces defense innovation award

Joby Teams Up With ANA to Bring Flying Taxis to Japan

Flying from Japan’s Osaka station to Kansai International Airport could take just 15 minutes based on plans laid out by flying-taxi startup Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE:JOBY) and the country’s biggest airline.

Joby and ANA Holdings Inc. will work together to bring aerial ridesharing to Japan for the first time, according to a statement on Monday. Toyota Motor Corp. will join the partnership and focus on ground-based transport.

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Rigetti and Nasdaq Team-Up to Pursue Quantum Advantage for Financial Applications

Rigetti Computing, a pioneer in full-stack quantum computing, today announced a collaborative agreement with Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) to pursue the development of quantum applications to help solve high-impact computational problems in the financial industry. The efforts will be powered by Rigetti Quantum Cloud Services, featuring Rigetti’s 80-qubit “Aspen M” series quantum processor – the quantum computing industry’s first commercial multi-chip processor.

On October 6, 2021, Supernova II (NYSE:SNII) entered into a definitive agreement to combine with quantum computing firm Rigetti.

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Nauticus Robotics Announces U.S. Defense Innovation Unit Award for Autonomous Subsea Command and Control Software

Nauticus Robotics, Inc., a Houston-area developer of surface and subsea robots, autonomy cloud software, and associated services, has been awarded an Other Transaction Agreement by the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to prototype its autonomous command and control software platform, ToolKITT, aboard the U.S. Navy’s VideoRay Mission Specialist Defender Remote Operated Vehicle. DIU is a Department of Defense organization that contracts with commercial companies to solve national security problems.

On December 16, 2021, Nauticus Robotics and CleanTech Acquisition Corp.  (NASDAQ: CLAQ) entered into a definitive business combination agreement that would result in Nauticus Robotics becoming a public company.

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