[Space] 2021.09.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
NASA is looking for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are non-smokers, aged 30 to 55 years old, and proficient in English. Applications close September 17, 2021 5pm CST. [Forward]
You can own a full-scale model of the Apollo 11, 12, 13, 14 Command Module Control Panel (CMCP) as designed by Academy Award-winning artist Mark Lasoff. Ends September 21, 2021. [Forward]
NASA is seeking innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of alternative rover locomotion modalities. Deadline to submit notice of intent is September 24, 2021. [Forward]
In this competition, you’ll aim to detect GW signals from the mergers of binary black holes. $15,000 in prizes. Final submission deadline is September 29, 2021. [Forward]
The tenth annual event is the world's largest hackathon. Participants use NASA’s free and open data over a 48-hour period to solve challenges submitted by NASA personnel. October 2-3, 2021.
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]
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]
Finding more active asteroids enables scientists to study asteroids as a population. The implications for science and engineering are far-reaching. Thousands of volunteers are needed, with no previous experience required. [Forward]
The sessions include The Maturing of the Small Satellite Market, Access to Space, and more. Virtual sessions will be held from September 7 - October 19, 2021. [Forward]
The virtual conference will discuss planetary science and planetary missions through oral and poster sessions, workshops, and panel discussions, with ample opportunities to interact with other participants. September 13-24, 2021. [Forward]
Ariane Cornell, Director of Astronaut Sales at Blue Origin, will discuss New Shepard's historic first human flight and the future of commercial space travel virtually. Free event on Sept. 16. [Forward]
The conference agenda features sessions on space capital and investing in space, creating space ecosystems in the 2020s, and more. $200 – $250. Tuesday, September 28 - Thursday, September 30. [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]
Register for this in-person event to understand the changing satellite ecosystem, network among leading executives, and learn about next generation technology. October 5-7, 2021. [Forward]
This is the largest annual gathering of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) professionals in the US. The event is located in St. Louis, Missouri, and takes place on October 5-8, 2021. [Forward]
This free, virtual event offers an opportunity for those interested in Mars to discuss the science, technology, social implications, and a multitude of other aspects of Mars exploration. October 14-17. [Forward]
The IAC is the world’s premier space event, featuring a line-up of thematic plenary sessions, informative lectures, and interactive workshops. Takes place in Dubai, UAE. October 25 - 29, 2021. [Forward]
ASEC is a virtual forum for the space environment engineering and applied space science community to discuss current space programs and to identify gaps in knowledge and technology. November 1-5. [Forward]
This free, virtual workshop covers a variety of subjects, including research and development work on state-of-the-art aerospace battery technologies, flight and ground test data, and more. November 16-18, 2021. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
BlackSky is projected to earn $40 million this year and is forecasting to more than double that amount next year. 90% of the company’s revenues are from government contracts. [Forward]
Rocket Lab has made a deal with Kinéis to deploy its satellite constellation across five Electron missions. The constellation will consist of 25 satellites in total. [Forward]
Photo Credit: Andrew Evers | CNBC
About 2½ minutes after launch, Firefly’s rocket exploded. The Vandenberg’s Space Launch Delta 30 unit confirmed it triggered the rocket’s flight termination system, causing the destruction of the Alpha rocket[Forward]
The SpaceShipTwo vehicle flew outside of its designated airspace for 1 minute and 42 seconds on July 11. What this means for Virgin Galactic’s next Unity 23 mission is unclear. [Forward]
The current wave of space startups going public through mergers with SPACs might lead to industry consolidation as they snap up suppliers to obtain their technologies or personnel. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The Inspiration4 mission touts itself as "the first all-civilian mission to orbit" and represents a new type of space tourism, sending regular people into orbit for three days. [Forward]
NASA officials and project scientists hailed the collection of two samples from a rock dubbed “Rochette” as a major step forward in the long-term Mars sample return effort. [Forward]
NASA is developing a mission to research how dangerous asteroids may be deflected. The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, is set to launch within the next year. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Researchers want to use the largest and most powerful telescope ever built to look back over 13.5 billion years to see the first stars and galaxies that formed. [Forward]
A new study suggests there’s only a 0.4% chance that Planet Nine is a statistical fluke. According to National Geographic, Planet Nine is within two years of being found. [Forward]
Image Credit: Tomoaki Ishiyama
A team of researchers has generated a virtual universe and made it freely available to everyone. Uchuu is the most realistic simulation of the universe to date. [Forward]