[Space] 2022.03.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
NASA is looking for ways to convert waste into base materials and useful things in space, like propellant or feedstock for 3D printing. $24,000 in prizes. Closes March 15. [Forward]
University rocketry teams: want to launch rockets and compete regionally against other university teams and potentially join next year's Spaceport America Cup? Registration closes March 31, 2022. [Forward]
Non-recyclable waste could take up crucial space on future spacecraft. NASA is seeking an efficient and reliable jettison concept. $30,000 in total prizes. Closes April 12, 2022. [Forward]
Build a model to automatically analyze mass spectrometry data collected for Mars exploration to help scientists understand the past habitability of Mars. $30,000 in prizes. Closes April 18, 2022. [Forward]
Create a system that can detect hazards from high altitudes to facilitate a spacecraft’s landing in the dark. Up to $650,000 to each winning team. Closes May 5, 2022. [Forward]
Aphelion Aerospace aims to revolutionize access to space, by providing dedicated services for small spacecraft for use in commerce, science, and research. [Forward]
Launch to space on the New Shepard rocket. On your 11-minute flight, you’ll travel 3X the speed of sound to pass the Kármán Line and witness life-changing views of Earth. [Forward]
Virgin Galactic is taking reservations for suborbital flights ($450,000 total ticket price, $150,000 deposit). They expect to begin commercial human suborbital missions before the end of 2022. [Forward]
Book your six-hour voyage on Spaceship Neptune now for 2025 and see Earth from space. Book an individual seat or a full 8 person capsule. $125,000 per space explorer. [Forward]
XPRIZE Carbon Removal is aimed at tackling climate change and advancing space exploration. Teams will create and demonstrate solutions that can pull carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere or oceans. [Forward]
Join 12,349 volunteers in labelling images from the Curiosity Rover, collectively creating the first open-source navigation-classification dataset of the Red Planet, which will be used to train future rovers. [Forward]
This hybrid conference is a significant focal point for lunar and planetary science research, featuring presentations organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions based on abstracts. March 7-11, 2022. [Forward]
Network with key players in the space industry through B2B meetings, conferences, dinners, demonstrations, or innovation challenges with pitches in front of a jury of experts. March 14-15, 2022. [Forward]
This two-part workshop will bring scientists and engineers together to identify and discuss high-priority approaches to life-detection, technology gaps, and more. Workshops are March 21-25 and April 11-15, 2022. [Forward]
NASA’s Mars Exploration Program invites the Mars community, including scientists and engineers, to the Westin Pasadena Hotel to share ideas and approaches for low-cost exploration of Mars. March 29-31, 2022. [Forward]
The premier event for global space professionals, providing a unique opportunity to examine space issues from multiple perspectives, promote dialog, and focus attention on critical space issues. April 4-7, 2022. [Forward]
NAVITEC 2022, an open forum for space and terrestrial satellite navigation technology designers, developers, integrators, users, universities, and agency representatives, will take place online. Tickets are 50-100€. April 4-8, 2022. [Forward]
Activities will be held at the German Aerospace Center in Cologne and online. The latest developments in EP technology in Europe will be collected and evaluated. April 4-8, 2022. [Forward]
The CubeSat Developers Workshop is an annual 3-day global small-satellite conference hosted by CubeSat at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Tickets range from $60-$600. April 26–28, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Image Credit: Xplore
Xplore’s funding is being used to aggressively grow its team and reach its development milestones. Xplore is best known for its plans to develop Xcraft, a multi-mission ESPA-class spacecraft. [Forward]
Copernic Space has unveiled its blockchain-powered platform for selling space assets. First up for sale is a payload on a lunar rover traveling to the moon courtesy of Lunar Outpost. [Forward]
Astra's first commercial launch, ELaNa 41, had a successful first stage flight, but unfortunately, the second stage was trapped by a payload fairing that wouldn't open. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The administration said it is imposing Russia-wide denial of exports of sensitive technology to cut off Russia’s access to cutting-edge technology, such as semiconductors, telecommunication, encryption security, and maritime technologies. [Forward]
Blue Origin launched three crewed missions last year. CEO Bob Smith says the company can “easily double that” number of missions in 2022, but they are currently supply limited. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Some scientists are hoping to use our motion through the galaxy to help detect some of the most elusive particles of all—dark matter. [Forward]