[Space] 2021.07.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
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]
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]
What issues have to be solved on Earth before we can go to Mars? Igor Bobek explains how the Mars Society is preparing for Mars. Tickets are £3.00. [Forward]
The Space-Comm Expo is a new, free trade exhibition focused on the commercialization of space. Location is the newly developed Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre. July 7-8, 2021. [Forward]
This conference (July 20-23) brings together scientists to discuss the science enabled by human and robotic space exploration of the Moon and Near Earth Asteroids. [Forward]
The uncrewed OFT-2 mission will test the end-to-end capabilities of Starliner and the Atlas V rocket from launch to docking to a return to Earth. Join virtually for free. [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 workshop brings together experts to discuss questions critical to understanding the scope of a potential interstellar probe mission. Takes place September 27-October 1, 2021. Registration opens in August. [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
Seraphim will issue up to 180 million shares through an IPO on the London Stock Exchange at 100 pence each. The IPO for retail investors will close July 9. [Forward]
Image Credit: Space Perspective
Space Perspective is offering flights on its Spaceship Neptune vehicle, a capsule carried aloft to an altitude of 30 kilometers, for $125,000 per person. Flights will begin by 2024. [Forward]
Orbion manufactures Hall effect plasma thrusters for small and cube satellites. Facing “unprecedented market demand,” Orbion will use the money to scale production capacity of its Aurora propulsion system. [Forward]
SkyWatch is now set to bridge the gulf between satellite startups and customers as it lowers the barriers to entry for new companies focused on high-tech spacecraft payloads. [Forward]
Hydrosat is designed to capture surface temperature data to help track the risks of drought and fires. Their inaugural mission is scheduled for 2022 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
SpaceX has conducted multiple short test flights of Starship prototypes over the past year, but reaching orbit represents the next step in testing the rocket. [Forward]
NASA is investing in space agricultural projects, with testing in regions like Antarctica, that could potentially support habitats beyond Earth. Autonomous greenhouses that won’t require farmers are among the goals. [Forward]
While the revised levels will increase flight opportunities for many NASA astronauts, especially female astronauts, the levels are still more conservative than many other space agencies. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
In 2019, astronomers noticed Betelgeuse had dimmed dramatically and thought the star might go supernova. The star actually ejected a gas bubble and lower temps condensed heavier elements into dust. [Forward]
The comet is not expected to pass closer than 10.9 AU to the sun. The brightness indicates it could be 200km across. [Forward]
Recent studies indicate dark matter could potentially clump together out in space, forming 'ghost stars' (called ‘dark bosons’) that could potentially grow as big as supermassive black holes. [Forward]
The report reveals very little, but its release marks one of the first times the US government has publicly acknowledged the aerial sightings are worthy of legitimate scrutiny. [Forward]