[Space] 2022.08.15

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
NASA seeks mechanical/structural concepts for a deployable, low mass, high stability starshade structure to support proposed Hybrid Observatory for Earth-like Exoplanets (HOEE) study. $7,000 in prizes. Closes August 22, 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]
Invest in a NanoSat constellation that takes 3D wind measurements to provide accurate weather/early hurricane forecasts. US investors: $100 minimum. CAD, UK investors: $250 minimum. Closes September 30, 2022. [Forward]
Seeking innovative, reliable, and durable approaches for excavating icy regolith and delivering acquired resources in extreme lunar environmental conditions. US prize purse is $3 million. Deadline: September 30, 2022. [Forward]
Register now to join for events in person or virtually at the largest annual space and science hackathon in the world. October 1-2, 2022. [Forward]
The Jacobs Space Exploration Group is calling on you to help NASA overcome challenges inherent to living on the moon. The prize: $10,000. Pre-registration is open now. Closes October 17, 2022. [Forward]
Orbital Space challenges next gen innovators to imagine science and exploration concepts and technology tests to conduct on the Moon’s surface from a commercial lander. Deadline: December 15, 2022. [Forward]
Becoming Off-Wordly is a community of future astronaut hopefuls preparing their paths to spaceflight through guidance and networking. $5-$10/month or $100/year. [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]
Third annual listing of space podcasts includes EVONA Origin Stories, Kathy Sullivan Explores, Pathfinder, Space Connect Podcast, Space in 60, and more for 2022. [Forward]
Space Talent is a resource for careers at the intersection of space and tech. They match employers with top talent while providing insights and resources to grow your career. [Forward]
Upcoming Events
The ISEC virtual conference 2022 will focus on the theme of transformational space access infrastructure. August 19-20, 2022. [Forward]
A discussion of questions arising from the government's new approach to space norms of behavior. In April, the US adopted a moratorium on direct-ascent anti-satellite missile systems tests. August 24, 2022. [Forward]
Artist illustration of Artemis 1 Orion capsule (Image credit: NASA)
Join NASA’s Artemis I Mission online, the first integrated test of the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System rocket, and ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. August 29, 2022 at 8:33 AM EDT. [Forward]
Speakers include Astronaut Pamela Melroy (Deputy Administrator, NASA), Peter Beck (CEO, Rocket Lab). Te Pae Convention Centre, New Zealand. Online: $20-$95/+gst. In-person: $395-$495/+gst. September 5, 2022. [Forward]
Observational astronomers, theorists, and experimentalists will shed light on the lifecycle of cosmic PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.) Aarhus University, Denmark. Early-bird registration closes July 1. September 5-9, 2022. [Forward]
This event brings together the entire UK space sector at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre for face to face business and networking. Free registration. September 7-8, 2022. [Forward]
This hybrid event provides access to over 95 lectures from over 100 space industry speakers and experts. Online: €39.90. In-person: €799. Bursa, Turkey. September 9-11, 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]
A gathering of space communities alongside space-related start-ups, entrepreneurs, laboratories, research scientists and manufacturers, with dedicated events for students and young professionals. September 18-22, 2022. [Forward]
Back-to-back premier satellite industry events Satellite Innovation and MilSat Symposium tackle analyzing next-generation satellite technologies and business, with insights into dynamic solutions in space defense. October 11-14, 2022. [Forward]
The European Space Policy Institute brings high-ranking stakeholders together to discuss ways to best leverage commercial solutions for the European space sector. October 11-12, 2022. [Forward]
APSCC 2022 Satellite Conference & Exhibition on "Re-Uniting Space in Asia" gathers the community around industry challenges and opportunities for market insight, partnerships, and business deals. October 18-20, 2022. [Forward]
A space industry conference in Bratislava for scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) ecosystem with 12+ world-class speakers. September 15, 2022. [Forward]
Event includes plenary talks, panel discussions, public debates, and a Saturday evening banquet (additional cost). Hybrid event at Arizona State University. Tickets: $85-$300. October 20-23, 2022. [Forward]
Hear from startups and founders making the greatest impact in topics ranging from manned space travel and colonization to revolutions in communications and manufacturing in space. December 6, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
A $3.4 billion merger deal sees satellite operator Eutelsat taking over OneWeb to better take on SpaceX. Paris-listed Eutelsat plans an additional London Stock Exchange listing. [Forward]
SES and Intelsat satellite fleet operators are in merger talks in order to be more competitive with SpaceX’s Starlink constellation. The combination would generate $4 billion in revenue. [Forward]
Varda Space Industries signed two agreements with NASA to secure access to heatshield technologies needed for reentry, to return manufactured materials from space.  [Forward]
Astra Space's bold vision to build inexpensive rockets quickly did not pan out, leading to a more conservative approach to rocket design and launch timelines. [Forward]
The Exploration Company wants to develop a new private alternative to SpaceX's Dragon capsule. It has raised ~$11.6 million, including a ~$5.3 million seed round led by Promus Ventures. [Forward]
Private equity firm Antarctica Capital, which manages more than $2 billion of assets, bought a controlling stake in geospatial analytics provider Descartes Labs to support its growing space-based data portfolio. [Forward]
Data analytics company Slingshot Aerospace acquired Numerica’s space business and space data analysis company Seradata, hoping to gain ground in the commercial and government space markets. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA-funded scientists report thermally stable shaded moon pit (and possibly cave) locations at around 63 F (17 C). Lunar surface temperatures vary from 260 F (127 C) and -280 F (-173 C). [Forward]
678-kilogram Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) launched with six scientific instruments on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on August 4th, on a mission critical to the country’s future space projects. [Forward]
Rocket Lab’s launch of a NASA lunar cubesat mission lived up to its name, serving as a capstone for the company’s efforts to develop end-to-end space systems and interplanetary missions. [Forward]
MoonDAO, a crypto Decentralized Autonomous Organization, voted to send Coby Cotton, a YouTube influencer, into space on a Blue Origin rocket. The ticket cost an estimated $1.25 million. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
An orbiting starshade could block the light of a star without blocking light from its planets, which can be observed by ground-based telescopes to detect atmospheric oxygen or water (see NASA/GrabCAD challenge). [Forward]