[Space] 2022.10.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
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]
Crowdfunding platform Spaced Ventures is aggregating interest to petition for a direct, no fee investment in SpaceX, with the goal of democratizing space through ownership. As of late September it had ~$17 million of a $25 million target in pledges. [Forward]
Applications are open for paid internships and executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace. Deadline: October 10, 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
European Space Week 2022 brings together EU Space community policymakers, investors and users in Prague, Czech Republic, to discuss current and future trends of the EU Space Programme. October 3-6, 2022. [Forward]
Hybrid format workshop on weather-related small satellites to encourage broader collaboration. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and online access. Free admission. October 3-7, 2022. [Forward]
Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) celebrates 30-year achievements with this online webinar on engaging with research on climate intervention by stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI). Free. October 7, 2022. [Forward]
Back-to-back premier satellite industry events Satellite Innovation and MilSat Symposium in Mountain View, CA tackle analyzing next-generation satellite technologies and business, and deep insight into dynamic solutions in space defense. In-person: $1,395-$1,995. October 11-14, 2022. [Forward]
The European Space Policy Institute brings high-ranking stakeholders together in Vienna, Austria, to discuss ways to best leverage commercial solutions for the European space sector.  In-person, free. October 11-12, 2022. [Forward]
Plant the "space flag" in South Florida with events focusing on trends, challenges, opportunities, and strategies of space sector entrepreneurship. Fort Lauderdale, FL. Free. October 12, 2022. [Forward]
Beyond Earth launches its inaugural symposium in Washington, DC, to discuss the challenges of limited Earth resources as well as the medical issues involved in off-Earth colonization and mining. In-person: $295-$349. October 12-13, 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]
Hubble First Servicing (Image Credit: NASA)
ISAM Workshop agenda is complementary to CONFERS Global Satellite Servicing Forum on 10/19-20. Facility tours on 10/17 are in-person only and capped at 75 participants at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Free online participation on 10/18. [Forward]
The 2022 GSSF at the Hilton Arlington, VA, will highlight key themes in the satellite servicing segment including opportunities, needs, and support for space-sector growth, in-space activities, and sustained satellite servicing operations. CONFERS pricing here. October 19-20, 2022. [Forward]
Image Credit: ESA & MPS for OSIRIS Team
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]
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) event features sessions with space industry leaders, educators, and more. Fee: $799-$1599.  Las Vegas, NV. October 24-26, 2022. [Forward]
Join discussions and talks reflecting perspectives on space exploration and developments, challenges and opportunities in space science, including policy, nuclear propulsion, and sustained lunar human presence. Huntsville, Alabama in-person: $50-$850, Online: $50-$250. October 26-28, 2022. [Forward]
SDSC, dedicated to cyber security in space, focuses on software development for commercial opportunities and growing the community towards sustainable development. October 26-27, 2022. Tallinn, Estonia. €25 Virtual, €50 In-person. [Forward]
Leading government officials and industry experts discuss critical threats and share perspectives and insights on issues including national security, rapid capabilities and acquisition initiatives. Washington, DC. October 27, 2022. [Forward]
Hear about ideas, information, opinions, business plans and technologies from astronauts, engineers, artists, writers, musicians, entrepreneurs, and others. In-person: $175-350. Austin, Texas. October 28-29, 2022. [Forward]
ESA Conference Bureau workshop will focus on technologies, concepts and solutions for design and implementation challenges of Very Low Earth Orbit Satellite Communication constellations. Free. Noordwijk, Netherlands. November 4, 2022. [Forward]
Updates, insights, and discussions on key military space issues from global representatives, with inaugural SATCOM On-the-Move Focus Day on 11/7. November 7-10, 2022. London, UK. Tickets £799-£2798. [Forward]
MVA alongside the National Space Society (NSS) will bring together stakeholders and the lunar community to discuss lunar activities and programs. Fee: $195-$495. Los Angeles, CA. November 8-10, 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]
National security community senior leaders discuss necessary policies and operations for US space-based assets and mission safety. Fee: $690-$1090; free for military & government. Oxon Hill, MD. December 7-8, 2022. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Lunar-focused space company Intuitive Machines announced a merger with special purpose acquisition company Inflection Point (Nasdaq: LUNR), which is expected to close in Q1 2023. [Forward]
$71 million Series B round was led by ATW Partners with participation from investors including Kleiner Perkins and John Doerr. SpinLaunch's centrifuge first stage accelerates specially designed satellites at 10,000 g. [Forward]
Astrobotic acquires Masten’s substantial space technologies portfolio, including its vertical rocketry and propulsion test centers. Astrobotic also plans to develop essential commercial power services for long-term lunar infrastructure. [Forward]
Morpheus Space raised a $28 million Series A round led by Alpine Space Ventures. Airbus Ventures, Techstars and In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the U.S. intelligence community, are also investors. [Forward]
Lynk won FCC approval to operate its satellite-to-phone global texting service, pending selection of a mobile network partner. Lynk intends to provide intermittent two-way SMS service. [Forward]
Nanoracks, part of Voyager Space, successfully demonstrated cutting steel in orbit, considered essential for future space construction. The demonstration was contained and produced no debris. [Forward]
Cryptocurrency billionaire Jed McCaleb plans to self-finance initial work on the Southern California startup’s artificial-gravity space station project in low Earth orbit. [Forward]
The first CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) lunar lander launches were initially slated before year-end. Contracts were awarded to Astrobotic, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines and Masten. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) successfully impacted targeted asteroid Dimorphos after a 10-month journey, signaling a viable mitigation technique for protecting the planet. [Forward]
In a first-of-its-kind partnership, the hotel giant will design facilities and examine marketing opportunities for the private space station currently under development and its astronauts’ onboard experiences. [Forward]
The finalized spectrum arrangements are necessary to prevent non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) satellite interference. Both plan to use Ka-band spectrum for their constellations to provide broadband services to user terminals. [Forward]
With partnerships a key to their strategy, Microsoft plans to offer private previews of Azure Orbital with global cloud access and low latency by integrating satellites and terrestrial communications. [Forward]
Smart Upper Stage for Innovative Exploration (Susie) could send astronauts on future deep-space missions. ArianeGroup’s craft is designed to fit future rockets like Ariane 6, which may fly as soon as 2023. [Forward]
The 21 signatories aimed to generate ideas around principles for safe and sustainable space exploration practices. They discussed setting up working groups to address issues and plan to meet often. [Forward]
This study proposes creating a US reserve of lunar-derived propellant to secure leadership in space and grow a potential $3 trillion cislunar economy not reliant on launch windows and vehicle availability. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
NASA temporarily shut down the medium-resolution spectroscopy observing mode on the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) on the James Webb Space Telescope because of increased friction during observation preparation. [Forward]
Scientists have found Super-Earths, more massive than Earth but smaller than Neptune, orbiting 40% of cool dwarfs. They estimate tens of billions of super-Earths in habitable zones in the galaxy. [Forward]
A professor of astrophysics argues that the search should not be limited to detecting biosignatures but also include the possibility of technosignatures. [Forward]