[Space] 2021.03.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
The first civilian mission to the Moon is planned for 2023 using a rocket developed by SpaceX. The mission is spearheaded by entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa, and you can join him[Forward]
NASA seeks solutions for energy distribution, management, or storage developable for space flight and future operation on the lunar surface. Up to $500K in prizes. September 25 - March 25, 2021. [Forward]
The Orbital Assembly Corporation plans to build a habitable "space hotel" in low-Earth orbit that spins fast enough to generate artificial gravity. OAC is open for investors until April 1. [Forward]
XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling climate change. Teams will create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. Registration is April 22. [Forward]
NASA seeks innovative approaches for excavating icy regolith and delivering water in extreme lunar conditions to enable human presence on the Moon. $5,000,000 in prizes. Closes June 18, 2021. [Forward]
Vespera is a smart and fully automated combination telescope and camera. Observe the night sky, capture celestial photos, and learn about the Cosmos all in one place. [Forward]
Join thousands of volunteers to help identify and classify samples of variable stars using SuperWASP, the world's most successful ground-based survey for transiting exoplanets. [Forward]
Join thousands of volunteers and search for Planet 9 and new brown dwarfs in the backyard of the solar system using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. [Forward]
There are nearly 150 different kinds of variable stars, but not every one fits in these categories. Help Citizen ASAS-SN identify the most unusual variable stars in the Milky Way. [Forward]
Help the Hobby-Eberly Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) measure how fast the universe was expanding at different times in history to reveal the role of dark energy at different epochs. [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]
March 18th is Mars Day—a new, free virtual event for everyone. Register in advance for an array of live link-ups, talks, and fireside chats from national and international space VIPs. [Forward]
On March 18th, join space-oriented Glasgow University societies in a free online discussion panel about the environmental impacts of the developing space industry. Don’t miss the Q&A session afterward! [Forward]
Join this free talk about Perseverance with experts whose research and work are directly related to the study of Mars using robotic missions. [Forward]
ISDC 2021 will highlight the public and private efforts to push the boundaries of space exploration. Registration and pricing are pending. May 27-30, 2021 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles. [Forward]
ISEC 2021 will focus on the Tether/Climber interface, Environmental Benefits of Space Elevators, and more. May 25-26, 2021 at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles. Price is pending. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
The merger with Vector Acquisition Corporation will value Rocket Lab at $4.1 billion. This is part of a surge of deals involving SPACs, which help companies go public faster. [Forward]
Spire Global debuted in 2012 and will now merge with NavSight Holdings. The combined company will have a pro forma enterprise value of $1.6 billion upon transaction close. [Forward]
Image Credit: Gitai
The money will be used to fund the development and execution of an on-orbit demonstration mission for the company’s robotic technology. The mission is currently set for 2023. [Forward]
As part of an initiative called Seven Sisters, Q-Ctrl is working with Fleet Space Technologies to develop quantum sensors to mount on nanosatellites being sent to the moon in 2023. [Forward]
Orbex says the 3D printer will be Europe’s largest. The multimillion dollar deal includes post-processing machinery and an automated imaging-based inspection system to validate the quality of the prints. [Forward]
No one in the space industry has the marketing muscle of SpaceX. It’s challenging for smaller startups to attract the best talent with such stiff competition from more recognizable companies. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The SuperCam team received the first audio of laser zaps on another planet, as well as excellent first datasets from the instrument’s visible and infrared (VISIR) sensor and Raman spectrometer. [Forward]
Image Credit: SpaceX
Musk says SN10's engine was low on thrust, possibly due to partial helium ingestion from the fuel header tank, likely the result of a pressurization system added after SN8. [Forward]
2011 saw the last major addition to the ISS. 2021 will see several new pieces of hardware added to enhance capabilities and improve the lives of the astronauts living there. [Forward]
A group of scientists, inventors, and engineers recently proposed the first model for a physical warp drive. Their theory gives us a much stronger mathematical basis to study warp drives. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Physicists have attempted to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity for years. In his paper, Vitaly Vanchurin argues that artificial neural networks can “exhibit approximate behaviors” of both universal theories. [Forward]
It’s unlikely that dark matter could form a star like regular matter, but dark galaxies are much more likely, since dark matter already makes up 90% of an average galaxy. [Forward]