[Space] 2022.01.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
This informal competition invites you to submit short reviews, comments, or ideas that our fictional Vestal Lunar Corporation (VLC) might use. First prize $150. Submission deadline is January 14, 2022. [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]
Image Credit: Space Perspective
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]
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 costs $995 and runs from January 12-13, 2022. [Forward]
NASA Comm Systems Project Manager Yves Lamothe will take viewers on a free, behind the scenes look at the Artemis 1 mission that launches in February. Event: January 20, 2022. [Forward]
The 2022 SmallSat Symposium brings together SmallSat leaders to identify trends and qualify disruptive technologies. This hybrid event in Silicon Valley costs $695 - $1495, from February 8-10, 2022. [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
This latest funding round will enable Stoke to complete development of a prototype of their second stage rocket and to conduct a series of flight tests in late 2022. [Forward]
With Aether data-relay satellites, Kepler aims to “bring the Internet to space” for the thousands of satellites expected to launch to low Earth orbit over the next decade. [Forward]
Following the investment, NorthStar said it will create a Luxembourg-based “center of excellence” for Space Situational Awareness (SSA), Space Domain Awareness, and Space Traffic Management. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Space events to watch include the inaugural flight of NASA’s Space Launch System, the inaugural orbital flight of SpaceX’s Starship, the second uncrewed test of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, and more. [Forward]
Image CreditTrevor Mahlmann / Ars Technica
Ars Technica predicts that 2022 will see the launch of SpaceX’s Super Heavy rocket and NASA’s SLS rocket, and 2023 will see the launch of Ariane 6 and Vulcan. [Forward]
The FAA says it needs until February 28, 2022 to complete an environmental review of SpaceX Starship orbital launches from its Boca Chica, Texas, facility. [Forward]
Axiom Space will send four people to the ISS on its Ax-2 mission, using a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, between fall 2022 and late spring 2023. [Forward]
Justin Sun, a controversial Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur, revealed he is buying a dedicated New Shepard flight in 2022 after missing Blue Origin’s first crewed suborbital launch earlier this year. [Forward]
Spacebit’s Asagumo rover is set to launch onboard the UK’s first mission to the moon. It will be the first rover ever sent to explore the lunar lava tubes. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The Webb observatory is NASA’s revolutionary flagship mission to seek the light from the first galaxies in the early universe, explore our own solar system, and discover exoplanets. [Forward]
The JWST is the most expensive scientific spacecraft ever built. Six months from now, it could be famous for being one of the most important scientific instruments built by humanity. [Forward]