[Space] 2021.07.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
Compete in a challenge that will provide payload development funding and access to suborbital flight testing for innovative space technologies. $2,000,000 in total prizes. Closes August 11, 2021. [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]
Experience weightlessness, see Earth from space, and join Sir Richard Branson for a personal VIP tour of Spaceport America. No payment is necessary. Closes September 1, winner announced September 29. [Forward]
NASA is inviting students across the US to design an experiment to test on a suborbital rocket or high-altitude balloon. $1500 awarded to each winning school. Contest opens August 18. [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]
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]
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 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]
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]
Blue Origin will send New Shepard to space with astronauts on board for the first time July 20th. Watch live on BlueOrigin.com at 6:30am CDT / 11:30 UTC. [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 conference gathers system and software engineers, scientists, and other practitioners together for a technical interchange for all aspects of IT used for space missions. Join online July 26-30, 2021. [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]
Join experts from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center for an inside look at the scientific legacy of Hubble and the future possibilities of the James Webb telescope. Free, virtual event. [Forward]
This free, virtual event will include expert discussions with top leaders in aerospace, government, STEM education, entertainment, and more from around the world about the future of Mars exploration. [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
Planet pioneered the use of cubesats to provide imagery at far greater frequency than traditional high-resolution imaging satellites. The money will be used to expand other aspects of the business. [Forward]  
Earth imaging company Satellogic announced it will go public via a merger with CF Acquisition Corp. V, raising the funding it needs to build out a constellation of 300 spacecraft. [Forward]
The 3D printed rocket startup is preparing to increase its production capacity by a factor of ten. In addition to the factory, they plan to add 200 employees by 2022. [Forward]
Gilmour Space has developed an 82 foot rocket called Eris that can deliver a payload of up to 474 pounds to sun synchronous orbit. They plan to launch in 2022. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
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The company’s spacecraft VSS Unity successfully launched above the skies of New Mexico. Branson is the first of the billionaire space company founders to ride his own spacecraft. [Forward]
Wally Funk was the first female FAA inspector and NTSB air safety investigator. The 82-year-old pilot will now be the oldest person ever to fly to space. [Forward]
The Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module will form a key piece of the core of NASA's lunar Gateway. It will serve as a habitat and command post for astronauts. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Space is so warped near black holes that we can see the same image multiple times. The images become increasingly "delayed" the more times they go around the black hole. [Forward]
Astronomers have found evidence that cosmic filaments are spinning. Rotation on such gigantic scales has never been observed before, and it could explain why galaxies are so prone to rotating. [Forward]