[Space] 2021.11.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
Hold 3D glass representations of our solar systems’ sun, planets, and moons in the palm of your hand. This project must reach its funding goal by December 31, 2021. [Forward]
K-12 US students are being challenged to design a robot that can dig and move lunar soil. Include a drawing and a summary of your robot’s design. January 25, 2022. [Forward]
Aphelion Aerospace aims to revolutionize access to space, by providing dedicated services for small spacecraft for use in commerce, science, and research. [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 12,349 volunteers in labelling images from the Curiosity Rover, collectively creating the first open-source navigation-classification dataset of the Red Planet, which will be used to train future rovers. [Forward]
Join ASCEND’s growing community online for visionary sessions about building, working, and living in space—presented by the pioneers who are accelerating humanity’s progress today. November 8 - 17, 2021. [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 year’s summit will examine the policies and strategies required to expand U.S. influence in the space domain to enable the peaceful use of space. December 1 - 2, 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]
An executive-oriented conference, this summit is the place where business leaders have the opportunity to gain market insights, network, conduct business, and conclude major deals. December 13 - 16, 2021. [Forward]
Forge the future of space at this two-day virtual event with the startups, researchers, investors, and technologists making it all happen. Tickets range from $35 - $75. December 14 - 15. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Viasat has agreed to buy British satellite fleet operator Inmarsat in a $7.3 billion deal to expand its broadband network globally in multiple orbits and spectrum bands. [Forward]
VanderSat is a Dutch company that provides data on Earth surface conditions. This is the fourth acquisition for Planet as it prepares to trade shares publicly later this year. [Forward]
HawkEye has secured $50 million in contracts since the start of 2021. The startup wants to use the new funding to take its planned constellation from 10 clusters to 20. [Forward]
Redwire, a company built up by acquiring a series of space technology companies, has now acquired Techshot, a company developing biotechnology payloads for microgravity research. The terms were not disclosed. [Forward]
Canadian satellite operator Telesat expects to start publicly trading shares next week, broadening potential funding sources for its delayed $5 billion low Earth orbit Lightspeed broadband network. [Forward]
SpinLaunch is developing a launch system that uses kinetic energy as its primary method to get off the ground. The company conducted its first prototype test flight last month. [Forward]
Image Credits: Maciej Frolow/Photodisc / Getty Images
iRocket is developing fully reusable rockets, starting with its autonomous, 3D-printed Shockwave launch vehicles, which the company says will be ready to go to orbit in two years’ time. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
According to NASA administrator Bill Nelson, “The Trump administration’s target of 2024 human landing was not grounded in technical feasibility.” The agency is now targeting 2025 for a crewed landing. [Forward]
NASA data, collected by spacecraft orbiting the Moon, indicates this location could have ice below the surface. The area receives sufficient sunlight to power a lander for a 10-day mission. [Forward]
Cumulatively, Ingenuity has now flown more than 3 km across the surface of Mars—more than five times farther than NASA had hoped to demonstrate with this technology. [Forward]
Space companies are asking the FCC for access to what is known as V-band spectrum, a range of frequency the companies can use to provide global broadband. [Forward]
NASA is spending billions of dollars each year to keep the International Space Station flying. They would prefer to rent a space station, letting a company handle the day-to-day operations. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The latest Decadal Survey calls for a Webb-scale space telescope that’s sensitive to wavelengths from UV to infrared to study the formation and evolution of galaxies and exosolar systems. [Forward]