[Space] 2022.06.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
Xairos is a startup building a secure global timing service 1000x more accurate than GPS. $500K in contracts from the US Air Force, NASA and Navy. Closes June 2, 2022. [Forward]
Design, build, and demonstrate a prototype that addresses technology gaps in power transmission and energy storage on the lunar surface. Total prize purse: $4.5 million. Deadline: June 15, 2022. [Forward]
J-CanSat is a picosatellite STEM kit created to promote access to space technologies to students, researchers, and space enthusiasts. Kits range from $170-$323. Closing date: July 13, 2022. [Forward]
Create assets and scenarios for the new Mars XR Operations Support System (XOSS) environment, using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 5. $70,000 in total prizes. Close date: July 26, 2022. [Forward]
The Society presents several awards and prizes to support scientists in astronomy and geophysics. Anyone can submit a nomination. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022. [Forward]
Four teams will be awarded $5,000 to build their data recovery prototypes and conduct a test drop of their system in New Mexico in 2023. Deadline: September 15, 2022. [Forward]
Launch to space on the New Shepard rocket. Flights are 11 minutes, and passengers pass the Kármán Line reaching 3x the speed of sound. [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]
Upcoming Events
Part of Asia Tech x Singapore. Satellite operators, telcos and network providers, and enterprise and government end users are encouraged to attend. Takes place in Singapore. June 1-3, 2022. [Forward]
This free, hybrid workshop will highlight ways to utilize public-private partnerships to enable missions within the New Space ecosystem. National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington DC. June 13-14, 2022. [Forward]
Observational astronomers, theorists, and experimentalists will shed light on the lifecycle of cosmic PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.) Aarhus University, Denmark. Early-bird registration closes July 1. September 5-9, 2022. [Forward]
NASA scientist Naomi Rowe-Gurney will explore the big science questions the Webb telescope could answer in this online event. Pay what you can. July 12, 2022. [Forward]
Global leaders in Air and Space Power will discuss retaining operational advantage. Virtual and in-person tickets: £150+VAT to £799+VAT. IET, Savoy Place, London, England. July 13-14, 2022. [Forward]
COSPAR’s mission is to assemble a worldwide community of scientists who are dedicated to international cooperation in space research. Athens, Greece. July 16-24, 2022. [Forward]
Online or in-person registration options are available. In-person grants access to the summit in Paris, including all official social events. Online: €540. In-person: €2,100 - €3,480. September 12-16, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Space Perspective is developing a stratospheric balloon designed to carry passengers to an altitude of 30 kilometers. Investors include Silicon Valley Bank and Henry Kravis, co-founder of KKR. [Forward]
Orienspace is developing “Gravity-1,” a medium-lift launch vehicle that will be the largest-capacity launcher in China’s commercial space sector. The investment round was led by HikeCapital and CMBC Int’l Holdings. [Forward]
The contract gives the Japan Air Self Defense Force access to data gathered by LeoLab’s global network of phased array radars and training on LeoLabs’ tracking, monitoring, and collision-avoidance services. [Forward]
The capital will be used to launch a new class of autonomous lunar rovers. The round was led by Explorer 1 Fund, with participation from Promus Ventures and Space Capital. [Forward]
Relativity Space uses large 3-D printers and an in-house metal-making process to build 95% of the parts that go into its rockets. Relativity was last valued at $4.2 billion. [Forward]
The accelerator helps early-stage companies learn how to grow their businesses with cloud and analytic technologies. Startups include: Albedo, Blue Sky Analytics, EOS Data Analytics, Epsilon3, Kayhan Space, and more. [Forward]
Image Credit: Filecoin Foundation
The goal is to develop a mission to demonstrate the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) in orbit. IPFS is an open-source, blockchain network that stores information that can be shared by users. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Starliner completed its orbital mission, though two orbital maneuvering and attitude control (OMAC) thrusters had to be shut off during the insertion burn due to “a chamber drop in pressure.” [Forward]
SpaceX is looking to bring in $1.725 billion in new capital at a price of $70 per share—a 25% increase in share price, raising SpaceX’s valuation to $127 billion. [Forward]
Image Credit: NASA
After four years, NASA's InSight lander will retire in July due to accumulated dust on its solar panels sapping its power. [Forward]
NASA's Psyche spacecraft was delayed at least 1.5 months, until no earlier than September 20, because of a problem with the spacecraft’s software. [Forward]
The Transporter-5 mission carried 59 payloads, including satellites, orbital transfer vehicles, and non-deploying hosted payloads. Companies that had payloads aboard Transporter-5 were Exolaunch, HawkEye 360, Momentus, and more. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Some scientists believe the two galaxies, DF2 and DF4, formed in a high-speed collision. Their stars move so slowly that dark matter was not needed to explain their orbits. [Forward]
Alberto Caballero believes there’s a 0.0014% chance of Earth being invaded. Given the frequency of invasions has gradually decreased over history, he argues advanced civilizations are less likely to attack. [Forward]
Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada
An amateur astronomer describes how to use the transit method to detect a planet orbiting a distant star, as well as the tools and software necessary. [Forward]