[Space] 2022.10.15

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
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]
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]
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]
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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
Discover opportunities as a future world space community leader with faculty members, alumni, and potential employers at International Space University's free virtual recruitment event on October 15, 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]
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]
Online lecture discussing observations of fast radio bursts, very short bursts coming from outside the Milky Way galaxy. Co-sponsored by the SETI Institute. October 19, 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]
FASTSAT minisatellite illustration (Image Credit: NASA/MSFC)
Principal investigators, project managers, and systems engineers working on NASA-funded CubeSat and SmallSat missions are invited for networking, information exchange, and collaborative learning. Wallops Island, Virginia. October 25-26, 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]
The CompTIA Space Enterprise Council hosts senior government officials and private sector leaders in Washington DC to explore solutions to global space issues and opportunities for partnerships. December 2, 2022. [Forward]
PocketQube, an international conference focused on pico-satellite development, addresses technical development challenges associated with widening space access and the future of space democratization. Tickets: £35-£95. Glasgow, Scotland. December 8-9, 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]
The American Geophysical Union brings together the space science community to share findings, connect like-minded scientists, and advance science. Chicago and globally online. December 12-16, 2022. [Forward]
The virtual International Space Convention brings together 120+ speakers covering 80+ topics around critical space issues and opportunities surrounding the main theme of the year - ''Reaching the Unconnected''. Tickets: £79-£299. March 16-19, 2023. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Firefly Aerospace reached orbit for the first time and deployed three satellite payloads, though in a lower orbit than planned leading to early deorbit[Forward]
British defense firm QinetiQ Space is selling its Belgian commercial satellite systems division for €32M ($31.4M) to US-based space infrastructure consolidator Redwire. [Forward]
Viasat is selling Link 16, its encrypted military communications network, to defense contractor L3Harris Technologies for $1.96 billion, allowing Viasat to focus on space-based satellite networks. [Forward]
Former Blue Origin propulsion engineers Andy Lapsa and Tom Feldman founded Stoke Space in 2019 to enable low-cost, regular access to space after turning down opportunities with Relativity Space and SpaceX. [Forward]
TransAstra and AstroForge are part of a new generation of space mining startups, after earlier efforts by Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries stalled. AstroForge was founded by former SpaceX and Virgin Galactic engineers. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The Space Launch System showed no damage from Hurricane Ian, but NASA will not attempt another Artemis 1 launch until mid-November. [Forward]
Image Credit:  NASA
SpaceX suggests reboosting Hubble’s orbit using a Crew Dragon spacecraft. NASA plans to study the concept, including possible servicing to extend the Hubble Space Telescope’s life. [Forward]
Photos of NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) mission show the spectacular impact into Dimorphos, with NASA confirming DART altered the asteroid’s orbit. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Cosmology
Astronomers now say the months-long dimming of Betelgeuse was caused by a never-before-seen mass ejection of the surface of the star into space. [Forward]
The AdS/CFT (anti-de Sitter space/conformal field theory) holographic view of the Universe suggests information is preserved on the surface of a black hole, perhaps offering a solution to the black hole information paradox. [Forward]