[Space] 2021.12.01

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]
MySat is a functional CubeSat model for space fans. Learn about space science by assembling and programming your own kit. The deadline to donate is December 31, 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]
This challenge seeks white papers and algorithms to help NASA predict risks on future projects. 1st prize is $20,000. The deadline to participate is February 7, 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]
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]
The conference theme is “The Evolution of Commercial Space.” This hybrid event will host approximately 100 speakers and 500 participants from around the world. December 13-16. Tickets start at $90. [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]
AIAA SciTech Forum is the world’s largest event for aerospace research, development, and technology. It is a hybrid event that runs January 3-7, 2022. Tickets are $70-$100 for members. [Forward]
This virtual conference will examine the latest advances in strategies and technological processes involved in orbital space policy. The event runs from January 12-13, 2022 and costs $995. [Forward]
The 2022 SmallSat Symposium brings together SmallSat leaders to identify trends and qualify disruptive technologies. This hybrid event runs from February 8-10, 2022 in Silicon Valley and costs $695 - $1495. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Sierra Space is developing the Dream Chaser spaceplane and the Orbital Reef space station. Investors include General Atlantic, BlackRock and Coatue. [Forward]
This is Voyager’s sixth acquisition since its founding in October 2019. The company seeks to become a full-service space firm, offering everything from robotics to launch support to communications tech. [Forward]
Image Credits: John Kraus / Astra
Astra is now one of the few private space companies to reach orbit. Astra’s vision is to eventually conduct daily space launches using its small rocket system. [Forward]
Telesat is effectively taking the place of formally public Loral Space & Communications. Telesat’s core growth project is the low Earth orbit broadband satellite network it’s building called Lightspeed. [Forward]
Astroscale has now raised $300 million, providing the company with capital to move ahead on initiatives for servicing satellites and removing debris, including its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission. [Forward]
Mynaric makes optical communication terminals, a device which uses a laser to send data from one point to another. Satellite companies are the firm’s target customer base. [Forward]
Startup Inversion designed a reusable capsule to conduct round trips to space to deliver cargo to and from space stations. Potential customers would be both commercial and government. [Forward]
As cryptocurrencies gain adherents on Earth, companies and universities are conducting tests to figure out how to perform cryptocurrency transactions in space and share data via satellite. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Image Credit: Trevor Mahlmann
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully boosted NASA's asteroid test mission into orbit on November 24. The DART spacecraft is scheduled to collide with a small asteroid next October. [Forward]
It’s Blue Origin’s third human spaceflight, but the first time that Blue Origin is flying a full complement of six passengers on its New Shepard reusable rocket and capsule. [Forward]
Creating a magnetic field would require massive resources—the bare minimum power needed is around 10¹⁷ joules. That means it will likely require nuclear fission reactors as a power source. [Forward]
HI-SEAS is a research station that sits on an active volcano in Hawaii. It’s designed to simulate what it would be like to be an astronaut on another planet. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The James Webb Space Telescope wasn’t designed to find signs of life on other planets, but it can shed light on the mysteries of planetary evolution. [Forward] 
While not broadly accepted, theories such as Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND) attempt to explain galactic observations without the need for dark matter. [Forward]