[Space] 2021.10.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
Exo-Space is raising a seed round on Spaced Ventures, the equity crowdfunding platform. Exo-Space developed FeatherEdge, an on-orbit machine vision / edge computing image-analysis device.  Ends December 9, 2021. [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]
This free, virtual event will cover topics such as moon colonisation, growing food on the moon, strategies for coping with social isolation, and much more. October 5, 2021. [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]
This free online event gathers experts from global space agencies, space corporations, and more to gain a comprehensive understanding of the mission of the new space age. December 6-7, 2021. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Spaceflight has reached an agreement with Intuitive Machines to fly as a secondary payload on that company’s IM-2 lunar lander mission, launching on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2022. [Forward]
Dr. Chris Boshuizen will occupy one of four seats on Blue Origin’s next trip of its New Shepard fully reusable suborbital spacecraft. The flight will take off Tuesday, October 12. [Forward]
Near Space Labs aims to gather geospatial intelligence from the stratosphere using small, autonomous, wind-powered robots (called “Swifties”) attached to weather balloons. They’ve booked more than 540 flights through 2022. [Forward]
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Alex Fielding launched Privateer, a space startup with a potential mission of clearing space debris. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA is turning to companies to build private space stations in orbit. They expect the move will save them more than $1 billion per year. [Forward]
The splashdown wrapped up the Inspiration4 mission 71 hours after its Sept. 15 launch from the Kennedy Space Center. The crew was able to complete the mission without any issues. [Forward]
Image Credit: NASA/Daniel Rutter
NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) mission will land near the western edge of Nobile Crater, near the lunar south pole. VIPER is scheduled to arrive in late 2023. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Astronomers think they have pinpointed the source of SN 1181 as one of the hottest stars in the galaxy within the Pa30 nebula—a massive Wolf-Rayet star known as Parker’s Star. [Forward]
If the Mars-sized rogue planet exists, it won't be Planet 9. While more modeling could help find where the rogue is lurking, the only proof will be to find it. [Forward]