[Space] 2022.02.15

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
NASA is looking for ways to convert waste into base materials and useful things in space, like propellant or feedstock for 3D printing. $24,000 in prizes. Closes March 15. [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]
Non-recyclable waste could take up crucial space on future spacecraft. NASA is seeking an efficient and reliable jettison concept. $30,000 in total prizes. Closes April 12, 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]
Launch to space on the New Shepard rocket. On your 11-minute flight, you’ll travel 3X the speed of sound to pass the Kármán Line and witness life-changing views of Earth. [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]
John Grunsfeld, an astronaut and astrophysicist, discusses advancing our knowledge of the cosmos with space servicing, assembly, and manufacturing. Tickets are free for members, $25 for non-members. February 16, 2022. [Forward]
CST22 will bring together industry experts, policymakers, and more for networking opportunities, panels, and keynote addresses on issues facing the commercial space industry. Tickets are $550. February 16-17, 2022. [Forward]
WSRF, taking place in Dubai, will focus on reconnecting the community in person. It coincides with Expo 2020, an event mixing culture and technology. Tickets are $435. February 22-24, 2022. [Forward]
This hybrid conference is a significant focal point for lunar and planetary science research, featuring presentations organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions based on abstracts. March 7-11, 2022. [Forward]
Network with key players in the space industry through B2B meetings, conferences, dinners, demonstrations, or innovation challenges with pitches in front of a jury of experts. March 14-15, 2022. [Forward]
This two-part workshop will bring scientists and engineers together to identify and discuss high-priority approaches to life-detection, technology gaps, and more. Workshops are March 21-25 and April 11-15, 2022. [Forward]
NASA’s Mars Exploration Program invites the Mars community, including scientists and engineers, to the Westin Pasadena Hotel to share ideas and approaches for low-cost exploration of Mars. March 29-31, 2022. [Forward]
The premier event for global space professionals, providing a unique opportunity to examine space issues from multiple perspectives, promote dialog, and focus attention on critical space issues. April 4-7, 2022. [Forward]
NAVITEC 2022, an open forum for space and terrestrial satellite navigation technology designers, developers, integrators, users, universities, and agency representatives, will take place online. Tickets are 50-100€. April 4-8, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
With the latest cash infusion announced, Iceye is expanding manufacturing capacity and upping its launch tempo. Iceye plans to launch 11 satellites in 2022, after launching seven in 2021. [Forward]
Image Credit: Destinus
Destinus’ plan is to build a hypersonic vehicle powered by liquid hydrogen and with only water as exhaust, which would enable point to point delivery nearly anywhere on the planet. [Forward]
A number of China’s emerging rocket companies, including Galactic Energy, Space Pioneer, and Orienspace, have secured major funding rounds in recent weeks as competition to reach orbit intensifies. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
FAA environmental approval for the launch of Starship could come in March. Musk is confident that Starship will reach orbit before the end of the year. [Forward]
Lockheed will develop a Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV), which will transport samples collected by the Perseverance rover into orbit around Mars. The contract is valued at up to $194 million. [Forward]
The Starlink satellites launched into low Earth orbit with much higher atmospheric drag than expected as a result of high solar activity. The satellites couldn’t reach their deployment orbit. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The James Webb Space Telescope is nearing completion of the first phase of the months-long process of aligning the observatory’s primary mirror using the Near Infrared Camera (NIRCam) instrument. [Forward]
This candidate planet, Proxima d, is the third detected orbiting Proxima Centauri. At just a quarter of Earth’s mass, the planet is also one of the lightest exoplanets ever found. [Forward]