[Space] 2021.12.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
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]
NASA's Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (CSSFP) can help you enhance your scientific research through collaboration with scientists. Submit proposals (no more than 6 pages) by January 21, 2022. [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]
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]
Participate online in the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most powerful and complex space telescope ever built. Scheduled for no earlier than December 24, 2021. [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]
SCAF is an annual event focused on improvements in space system anomaly and failure attribution. The virtual event will be held January 11-12, 2022. [Forward]
Join scientists, engineers, technologists, and industry representatives for a three-day workshop in Pasadena, California to share ideas and approaches for low-cost exploration of Mars. January 11–13, 2022. [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]
The Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) brings together 1000 delegates from 350 companies and over 50 countries for the latest updates on satellite and space technology. February 8-10, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Planet has $500+ million in capital following the transaction. About $200 million will be for operations, with the remainder left as a sizable war chest to consider strategic M&A. [Forward]
Microsoft is expanding its Azure Space products and partner ecosystem. The company announced partnerships with Airbus, Kongsberg Satellite Services, STE iDirect, Orbital Insight, ESRI, and Blackshark.ai. [Forward]
Loft Orbital, a space infrastructure start-up, raised $140 million in a new round of funding. The company has more than 20 customers so far, including NASA, DARPA, and Honeywell. [Forward]
Image Credits: Ursa Major
Ursa Major closed its largest funding round. With many big players building their own rocket engines, Ursa Major is betting new launch providers will want to outsource engine production. [Forward]
Founded by a team of former SpaceX engineers, First Resonance aims to scale up its presence with $14 million in new funding. [Forward]
Valley Tech Systems won a $94 million contract from Lockheed Martin to provide a solid propulsion subsystem for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Next Generation Interceptor (NGI). [Forward]
Israeli startup hiSky raised $30 million in Series A funding to mass-produce compact terminals designed to connect internet of things (IoT) devices to satellites in multiple orbits. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin company sent its third private crew into space and brought it back safely. The crew included the daughter of the first American astronaut. [Forward]
On December 8th, Soyuz spacecraft launched two Japanese private astronauts and a Roscosmos cosmonaut. It was the first flight in more than a decade for space tourism company Space Adventures. [Forward]
NASA awarded three different teams, each involving multiple companies, more than $100 million each to support the design and early development of private space stations in low Earth orbit. [Forward]
Image Credit: Rocket Lab
Rocket Lab plans to develop a medium-lift rocket, named Neutron. They intend to use a wider-shaped rocket to catch more atmospheric drag during reentry, requiring less fuel to slow down. [Forward]
MIT researchers laid out a scientific plan and rationale for a suite of scrappy, privately-funded missions set to hunt for signs of life among the ultra-acidic atmosphere of Venus. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
NASA's new X-ray observatory rocketed into orbit to shed light on the most extreme parts of the universe—exploded stars, black holes, and other violent high-energy events. [Forward]