[Space] 2020.08.15

Challenges | Campaigns
NASA is seeking new designs for toilets that work both in microgravity and lunar gravity. Submissions are due 5pm ET on August 17, 2020. First place wins $20,000. [Forward]
Source: Eau de Space
Eau de Space wants to release a fragrance based on what Outer Space actually smells like. $454,213 has been raised. The Kickstarter deadline is August 17, 2020. [Forward]
Display your creativity in an original video, song (one to two minutes), or image and send it to space in the Envoy Pro. Contest is open from August 10-21, 2020. [Forward]
The BIG Idea Challenge has university students designing, building, and testing novel dust mitigation technologies for lunar applications. $180,000 prize. Notice of Intent due Sept. 25, proposals Dec. 13. [Forward]
This all-virtual hackathon is October 2-4, 2020. Participant registration will open mid-August. Participants can select a local virtual event, or register for the Universal Event. Register for additional event information. [Forward]
NASA's WISE mission is surveying the whole sky at infrared wavelengths. At Disk Detective, you'll examine data from WISE and other surveys to search for the birthplaces of planets. [Forward]
Look through archival data from the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in an attempt to discover new Trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs)—minor planets whose orbit is out beyond that of Neptune (~30AU). [Forward]
Write or draw your vision of why you think Earth needs Space on a postcard and have it launched into space and back on a Blue Origin New Shepard rocket. [Forward]
This challenge seeks solutions to distribute, store, and manage power in space. It will consist of two phases, lasting three years. It will launch no earlier than September 25, 2020. [Forward]
Space News provides ongoing coverage and daily updates of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the global space industry, including a list of all delayed or canceled space events. [Forward]
This webinar (August 20th 12pm EDT) critiques the current interpretations of the Voyager data on the heliosheath and the interface with the local interstellar medium, revealing serious omissions. [Forward]
Entire galaxies have "climates" just as worlds do. Dr. Yong Zheng discusses how galactic climate/weather behave, and how they’re studied. August 22th 10:30 pm EDT. Tickets available with donation. [Forward]

Michael (Fitzer) Fitzgerald, ISEC Chief Architect, discusses space elevator development, from concept to full operation. The talk is 10:00 am EDT August 28, 2020. [Forward]
The summit takes place August 31 to September 1, 2020 at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C. Registration will open soon. [Forward]
Fast Radio Bursts are millisecond-duration pulses of unknown origin. Professor Duncan Lorimer discusses their discovery, what’s known about them so far, and what we might learn next. Admission is free. [Forward]
Sivani Babu discusses how our amateur cameras can preserve gorgeous nighttime sky-scapes, and how collective activism can help protect the starry night from light pollution. Tickets available with donation. [Forward]
In light of the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual congress about the latest developments in space will be free of charge for the entire community. Event is October 12-14, 2020. [Forward]
Participate with people from around the world in debates, panel discussions, and presentations. Join in virtually October 15-18, 2020. [Forward]
Join TechCrunch's editors in Los Angeles on December 17 for a day of fireside chats and panel discussion with the top investors, founders, and technologists forging the future of space. [Forward]
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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Amazon slowed rollout of its commercial ground station network to accommodate customer feedback about where its antennas should be located. Locations for the remaining ground station locations to be determined. [Forward]
The updated design of ispace's Hakuto-R lander is smaller and carries less propellant, but has the same amount of payload. It’s scheduled to make its first mission in 2022. [Forward]
The pace of space industry exits is picking up as private equity firms and holding companies acquire startups/enterprises established decades ago. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
SpaceX successfully performed a 500-foot test "hop" of its SN5 Starship prototype, which is capable of orbital flight. Musk tweeted "Mars is looking real" after the hop. [Forward]
Virgin Galactic expects to fly Sir Richard Branson on its SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle no earlier than the first quarter of 2021, due to COVID-19 slowing down their test flight schedule. [Forward]
Virgin Galactic announced it will work with Rolls-Royce to develop an aircraft for supersonic travel. The initial supersonic design targets Mach 3, or three times the speed of sound. [Forward]
SpaceX is manufacturing its Starlink satellites at an unprecedented rate for the space industry.  The primary bottleneck for Starlink’s service now lies in how quickly SpaceX can launch the satellites. [Forward]
NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned safely back to Earth on August 2 after two months in space—the longest crewed mission launch from US soil in 40 years. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The Kardashev scale measures a civilization's level of technological advancement (1 - 5) based on the amount of energy they harness, from planets to galaxies, revealing glimpses of potential alien civilizations. [Forward]
The new research, which focuses on Ceres' 57-mile-wide (92-kilometer-wide) Occator Crater—home to the most extensive bright areas—confirms that Ceres is a water-rich world like other icy bodies. [Forward]