[Space] 2021.06.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
The goal of this challenge is to make satellite imagery taken from a significant angle more useful for time-sensitive applications. Submissions due July 19. $50,000 in prizes. [Forward]
This challenge seeks improvements to materials, manufacturing techniques, processes, or improvements to components or systems involved in CFM. $10,000 prize. Registration closes August 16. [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]
NASA wants to understand how the Freelancer community can potentially help in the future to evaluate solutions provided for NASA engineering challenges. They encourage everyone to register, regardless of experience. [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]
NASA SMD is organizing a virtual workshop (June 14th-25th via WebEx) for researchers and engineers who want to submit a NASA space mission proposal but don’t know where to start. [Forward]
On June 17 at 9:00pm EST/6:00pm PST, join Ron Craig as he interviews Dr. Robert Zubrin about what we need to do to put boots on Mars. [Forward]
The virtual event (June 22-24) allows you to engage in discussions with experts about how space capabilities can be used to meet old and new global challenges. Cost is $25. [Forward]
The virtual conference (June 23-24) is for spacecraft operators, manufacturers, space agencies, and more with a special emphasis on managing space risk and space insurance. Event registration is €150. [Forward]
ISDC 2021 will highlight the public and private efforts to push the boundaries of space exploration. Check website for the latest information on the virtual event. [Forward]
Join Chris Impey as he explores the history of the international space program, explains the current situation, and plots the future of space travel. Tickets are “pay what you can.” [Forward]
The 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference (August 7-12) explores what’s possible in new space mission operations and autonomy enablers that will drive the speed of information exchange. Admission is $195. [Forward]
This free, virtual event (October 14-17) offers an opportunity for those interested in Mars to discuss the science, technology, social implications, and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
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The 3D-printed rocket startup will put the funds toward accelerating the production of Terran R, the company’s heavy-lift, fully reusable two-stage rocket, expected to be 216 feet tall. [Forward]
Launch vehicle developer Astra is acquiring Apollo Fusion, a company developing electric propulsion systems for spacecraft, as part of its effort to create vertically integrated space systems. [Forward]
LeoLabs will use the money to accelerate deployment of its global radar network and expand space situational awareness services to keep tabs on the new activity in low Earth orbit. [Forward]
Canadian startup Kepler says the expansion will bring it closer to US customers and potential partners as it nearly doubles its team to 150 people by the end of 2021. [Forward]
Seraphim Capital plans to trade stakes it has amassed in space technology startups on the public market through an investment trust that will eventually comprise bets in 19 international startups. [Forward]
The companies selected for the four-week accelerator program are Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, HawkEye 360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU, and Ursa Space. [Forward]
The companies are Hyperkelp, Hyperspec AI, Nicslab, Pierce Aerospace, PixSpan, QuSecure, Scout, SeaSatellites, Xairos, and Thermexit. Many are new to the space sector after discovering space applications for related technologies. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The winning bidder, whose name wasn’t released, will fly to the edge of space with the Amazon founder on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket scheduled to launch on July 20. [Forward]
The small, experimental development program, led by the US Space Force and called Rocket Cargo, will leverage reusable rockets to deliver cargo quickly to anywhere in the world. [Forward]
The massive solar array system could transform the power capabilities of Earth's only international orbiting outpost, perhaps bringing us closer to a viable power system for deep space missions. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
NASA announced it will send two spacecraft (named DAVINCI+ and VERITAS) to Venus this decade as part of its efforts to ramp up exploration of the closest planet to Earth. [Forward]
The sun will make Earth uninhabitable sometime in the far future. It is theoretically possible to move the Earth, but it would likely take millions of years. [Forward]