[Space] 2022.11.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
NYC-based college team Isomer Space Program aims to inspire students through CoyoteSat, a CubeSat mission with partner Bronco Space, to launch a custom gamma ray-detecting payload. Closes December 8, 2022. [Forward]
Orbital Space challenges next gen innovators to imagine science and exploration concepts and technology tests to conduct on the Moon’s surface from a commercial lander. Deadline: December 15, 2022. [Forward]
Crowdfunding platform Spaced Ventures is aggregating interest to petition for a direct, no fee investment in SpaceX, with the goal of democratizing space through ownership. As of late September it had ~$17 million of a $25 million target in pledges. [Forward]
Sungrazer studies icy comets as they approach the sun.
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Sungrazer is a NASA-funded Citizen Science Project. Anyone interested in being a comet discoverer can download images and submit reports of moving objects for verification. [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]
Third annual listing of space podcasts includes EVONA Origin Stories, Kathy Sullivan Explores, Pathfinder, Space Connect Podcast, Space in 60, and more for 2022. [Forward]
Space Talent is a resource for careers at the intersection of space and tech. They match employers with top talent while providing insights and resources to grow your career. [Forward]
Upcoming Events
ESA Conference Bureau workshop will focus on technologies, concepts and solutions for design and implementation challenges of Very Low Earth Orbit Satellite Communication constellations. Free. Noordwijk, Netherlands. November 4, 2022. [Forward]
Updates, insights, and discussions on key military space issues from global representatives, with inaugural SATCOM On-the-Move Focus Day on 11/7. November 7-10, 2022. London, UK. Tickets £799-£2798. [Forward]
MVA alongside the National Space Society (NSS) will bring together stakeholders and the lunar community to discuss lunar activities and programs. Fee: $195-$495. Los Angeles, CA. November 8-10, 2022. [Forward]
SETI Institute Chair Emeritus Dr. Jill Tarter presents a free lecture on adjusting our cosmic perspective and exploring other potentially-habitable planets. Online. November 10, 2022. [Forward]
SLS Artemis I 
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Launch details for NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket liftoff attempt and lunar orbit insertion of the Orion spacecraft. November 14, 2022. [Forward]
The CompTIA Space Enterprise Council hosts senior government officials and private sector leaders in Washington DC to explore solutions to global space issues and opportunities for partnerships. December 2, 2022. [Forward]
PocketQube, an international conference focused on pico-satellite development, addresses technical development challenges associated with widening space access and the future of space democratization. Tickets: £35-£95. Glasgow, Scotland. December 8-9, 2022. [Forward]
Hear from startups and founders making the greatest impact in topics ranging from manned space travel and colonization to revolutions in communications and manufacturing in space. December 6, 2022. [Forward]
National security community senior leaders discuss necessary policies and operations for US space-based assets and mission safety. Fee: $690-$1090; free for military & government. Oxon Hill, MD. December 7-8, 2022. [Forward]
The American Geophysical Union brings together the space science community to share findings, connect like-minded scientists, and advance science. Chicago and globally online. December 12-16, 2022. [Forward]
The virtual International Space Convention brings together 120+ speakers covering 80+ topics around critical space issues and opportunities surrounding the main theme of the year - ''Reaching the Unconnected''. Tickets: £79-£299. March 16-19, 2023. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Relativity Space's Terran 1, which might launch by year-end, is a 3-D printed demonstrator for its larger reusable Terran R with a payload capacity slightly larger than SpaceX's Falcon 9. [Forward]
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Apex Space aims to solve satellite bus manufacturing payload issues. $7.5 million seed round was led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from investors such as XYZ Venture Capital and Lux Capital. [Forward]
Array Labs is developing satellites to gather global 3D imagery. Array raised $5 million in pre-seed funding from Seraphim and Agya Ventures with participation from Y Combinator cofounder Trevor Blackwell. [Forward]
Orbex raised $45.8 million to launch Prime, a Scottish launch vehicle designed to place up to 180 kilograms into low Earth orbit, in 2023. [Forward]
In-space satellite refueling startup Orbit Fab lined up a major investor, 8090 Industries, interested in its industrial potential in the new in-space economy. [Forward]
Startup Kayhan Space's Pathfinder platform provides automated situational awareness, conjunction warnings, and recommended new orbital paths to solve low Earth orbit crowding. [Forward]
Deep tech space investment declined in Q3 as a result of higher interest rates and inflation, but geospatial intelligence and remote sensing companies were less impacted. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Image Credit: Polaris Program
SpaceX Crew Dragon private astronaut mission Polaris Dawn is slated to include the first spacewalk on a commercial mission and a higher orbit than previous crewed orbital spaceflights. [Forward]
Amazon plans to spend $10 billion on Project Kuiper, a 3,236 LEO megaconstellation for high-speed internet service. Amazon's new factory in Kirkland, Washington will support scaling production to 1-3 satellites per day. [Forward]
Japanese lunar exploration company ispace intends to launch its first cargo mission in the next two weeks from a Falcon 9 to pioneer private payload delivery on the lunar surface. [Forward]
SpaceX is now accepting orders for the enhanced Flat High Performance Starlink for December delivery. This iteration provides consistent connectivity and faster download speeds in extreme temperatures. [Forward]
The satellite industry wants to expand their addressable market by tapping into connecting billions of smartphones. The services are starting with texting, the minimal service that can be provided. [Forward]
Commercial space stations and concern over whether sufficient demand exists to support the companies pursuing station projects was a recurring topic at the 2022 International Astronautical Congress. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
GRB 221009A afterglow .
Image Credit: NASA/Swift/A. Beardmore (University of Leicester)
NASA missions captured an unusually bright and long-lasting high-energy gamma-ray burst (GRB) that swept over Earth on October 9th. The afterglow ranks among the most luminous events known. [Forward]
~25km surface resolution of exoplanets 100 light years away is possible by sending spacecraft to the solar gravitational lens focal (SGLF) region (~3.7 times the distance to Voyager 1) and utilizing gravitational lensing of the Sun. [Forward]