[Space] 2021.04.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
The four week business support program is for startups working with space technology or space-derived data. Participants could receive $100,000 in “AWS Activate credit”. Proposals are due April 21. [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]
The competition offers creators around the world a chance to share films inspired by and using NASA imagery. $26,000 in total prizes. The close date is July 14, 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]
Analyze images taken by the Context Camera orbiting the south polar region of Mars. The locations you identify will be used as targets for higher resolution observations. [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]
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]
This is a free behind the scenes look at the Perseverance landing as well as the Ingenuity Helicopter, which will perform a flight test in the Martian atmosphere in April. [Forward]
In this pay-what-you-can talk, Christopher E. Mason argues we have a moral duty to explore other planets and lays out a 500-year plan for reengineering human genetics to explore space. [Forward]
Join experts in space policy for free interactive discussions surrounding the shifting field of play in space activities brought on by rapidly evolving technology in the commercial space sector. [Forward]
Join former astronaut Jay Buckey and student expert in space medicine Eleonor Frost in a free discussion about how to provide astronauts with acute medical care in a weightless environment. [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
AST SpaceMobile is building a network of satellites designed to deliver broadband from space directly to consumer smartphones. AST is planning to launch its next demonstration satellite later this year. [Forward]
The accelerator is a four week business support program taking place in June (proposals due April 21). 10 companies will participate, receiving up to $100,000 in “AWS Activate credit”. [Forward]
Eight companies were selected from 350+ applicants. This is the first of two cohorts funded by NGA. The second is planned for August. Capital Innovators will solicit applications in April. [Forward]
Entrepreneur Dylan Taylor believes space tourism will bolster the entire NewSpace industry, but be a small subsector itself. Once space tourism becomes mainstream, it will positively impact socioeconomics on Earth. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
During a spin test of the rotors, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a “watchdog” timer expiration. The team is reviewing telemetry to understand the issue. [Forward]
The program aims to launch a spacecraft driven by nuclear thermal propulsion above low Earth orbit in 2025. DARPA believes this technology will allow spacecraft to travel huge distances quickly. [Forward]
Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
The VSS Imagine is the first new class of SpaceShip III vehicles. The vehicle is coated in a mirror-like material that reflects the surrounding environment. [Forward]
Northrop Grumman extended the life of Intelsat’s IS-10-02 satellite by five years with their purpose-built spacecraft, MEV-2. It demonstrates the myriad possibilities in a growing field of orbital servicing operations. [Forward]
With significant effort, Venus could be terraformed into an ocean planet with mild temperatures. It’s closer to Earth than Mars, and its gravity is more similar to ours. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The Fermilab Muon g-2 experiment suggests that tiny subatomic particles—muons—seem to be disobeying the laws of physics. The g-2 result could set the agenda for a next generation of physics. [Forward]
Scheduled for launch in the mid-2020s, Roman will locate potential exoplanets by tracking the amount of light coming from distant stars over time with a technique called gravitational microlensing. [Forward]
Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, is dramatically fading then brightening for unknown reasons. However, it likely won’t supernova for a long, long time. [Forward]