[Space] 2022.05.01

Challenges | Campaigns | Solicitations
Create a system that can detect hazards from high altitudes to facilitate a spacecraft’s landing in the dark. Up to $650,000 to each winning team. Closes May 5, 2022. [Forward]
The primary goal of this challenge is to create actionable design concepts for ash removal from a trash-to-gas reactor in microgravity. $30,000 in total prizes. Closes May 12, 2022. [Forward]
This challenge seeks to explore if recycling space assets (sections of rockets, satellites) can be cost-effective versus launching new materials into space. $55,000 in prizes. Closes May 27, 2022. [Forward]
The Society presents several awards and prizes to support scientists in astronomy and geophysics. Anyone can submit a nomination. Deadline for nominations is July 31, 2022. [Forward]
Four teams will be awarded $5,000 to build their data recovery prototypes and conduct a test drop of their system in New Mexico in 2023. Deadline: September 15, 2022. [Forward]
Launch to space on the New Shepard rocket. Flights are 11 minutes, and passengers pass the Kármán Line reaching 3x the speed of sound. [Forward]
Virgin Galactic is taking reservations for suborbital flights ($450,000 total ticket price, $150,000 deposit). They expect to begin commercial human suborbital missions before the end of 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]
This conference will explore mission concepts, discuss emerging technologies, and foster outside the box thinking that will be critical to future interplanetary small satellite missions. May 2-3, 2022. [Forward]
Space issues to be examined include engineering, healthcare, law, and space science. Montreal, Canada. May 3-4, 2022. [Forward]
Keynote speakers will detail the current state-of-the-art in spacecraft impact tolerance, collision avoidance, debris prevention, and debris remediation. Workshop will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland and online. May 4–5, 2022. [Forward]
Conference will discuss the operationalisation of space, the evolution of UK space command, and more. In-person tickets: £695+VAT. Virtual tickets: £99+VAT. IET, Savoy Place, London. May 10-11, 2022. [Forward]
Two virtual workshops will review current and future mission concepts, including applications, science objectives, mission design, and more for RF remote sensing instruments. Ticket range: €125-€150. May 10-12, 2022. [Forward]
A virtual symposium with discussions on the problems of design, fabrication, test, and operational use of aerospace mechanisms. Early bird tickets: $200. After April 15, tickets: $250. May 11-13, 2022. [Forward]
This symposium will cover technical sessions (mission and system analysis), applications (Earth observation, science, telecommunication, and navigation), and more. Standard ticket: €900. Student ticket: €400. Vilamoura, Portugal. May 15-22, 2022. [Forward]
AbiSciCon brings the astrobiology community together to share research and plan for the future. In-person tickets: $350-$575. Virtual tickets: $240-$375. Atlanta, Georgia. May 16-20, 2022. [Forward]
GLEC 2022 will address topics of interest for space developing and emerging nations and regions. Prices range from €60 to €350. Takes place in Quito, Ecuador from May 16-20, 2022. [Forward]
Various topics with a focus on advancing a human and robotic presence on Mars. Ticket range: $30-$360. Washington, DC. May 17-19, 2022. [Forward]
Sessions will focus on multiple areas of space development including Moon and Mars settlement and the commercialization of space. Ticket range: $75-$400. Arlington, Virginia from May 27-29, 2022. [Forward]
Part of Asia Tech x Singapore. Satellite operators, telcos and network providers, and enterprise and government end users are encouraged to attend. Takes place in Singapore. June 1-3, 2022. [Forward]
Online or in-person registration options are available. In-person grants access to the summit in Paris, including all official social events. Online: €540. In-person: €2,100 - €3,480. September 12-16, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) constellation can gather imagery day and night as well as through adverse weather conditions. The investment round was led by NightDragon. [Forward]
Image Credit: Lonestar
Lonestar contracted Intuitive Machines to deploy a mini proof-of-concept data center on the moon next year. Lonestar has funded two demos with the backing of investor Scout Ventures, among others. [Forward]
The underlying dataset of the Space Investment Quarterly Report is now available in a free, interactive format. It includes defined technology stacks, annual data, and specific country trends. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The National Academy of Sciences’ second decadal survey recommends orbiters for Uranus and Enceladus (Saturn moon), while smaller missions include preparations for sample returns from Mars, the Moon, and Ceres. [Forward]
The Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program seeks to use private companies to send small-medium landers to the Moon for science-based missions. CLPS is 3% of the cost of Artemis. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
The HD1 galaxy is 13.5 billion light years away. Scientists believe it may be home to the oldest stars in the universe, or a supermassive black hole. [Forward]
Researchers have discovered microbial ancestors that lived between 3.75 and 4.28 billion years ago—300 million years after the Earth formed, which suggests abiogenesis is potentially “easy” to achieve. [Forward]