[Space] 2023.02.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
Startup accelerator brings industry expertise to get Seed and Pre-Series A SpaceTech companies “investment ready” and introduce leading Space Corporates and Agencies. Application deadline: February 19, 2023. [Forward]
This project seeks new and innovative sample methods that can detect Hydrazine/Monomethyl hydrazine (MMH) via colorimetric analysis to be used by astronauts following space flight. $47,000 in prizes. Closes: March 14, 2023. [Forward]
Million on Mars is a Web3 multiplayer game set in the 2070s where players grow a Mars settlement and own land as NFTs. Use link for ~$25 of in-game resources. [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]
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. It has exceeded its $25 million target in pledges. [Forward]
Upcoming Events
Networking and panels focused on opportunities to grow smallsat businesses. $795 Online, $1,695 In-Person in Silicon Valley, California. February 7-9, 2023. [Forward]
SSSIF 2023 is an international workshop assembling small satellites designers, technicians, developers, and launchers for a unique networking and knowledge opportunity. Fee: €100-€450. Málaga (Spain). February 21-23, 2023. [Forward]
Bootcamp for space industry founders, investors, and professionals to learn practical skills and avoid regulatory pitfalls. $900-$1100. Albuquerque, NM and Online. February 21-23, 2023. [Forward]
Space exploration faces significant challenges from dangerous exposures that can reduce mission lifetimes. Learn about technologies that help missions withstand harsh environments at lower costs. Free. Online. February 3, 2023. [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]
Image Credit: Explore Mars
Discussion of the steps needed to ensure that NASA, government and industry cooperate to achieve human exploration of Mars by the 2030s. $30-$550. Washington D.C. May 16-18, 2023. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Quindar raised a $2.5 million seed round from Y Combinator and other investors to further development of software to make it easier for companies to operate satellite constellations. [Forward]
In-orbit servicing company ClearSpace finalized a €26.7 million series A financing round led by OTB Ventures and backed by the European Investment Fund to push for the sustainable use of space. [Forward]
Asteroid mining startup AstroForge will head to space twice this year, with the first mission in April. OrbAstro will provide the 6U CubeSat to demonstrate refining and extraction capabilities in zero-gravity environments. [Forward]
FOSSA, which operates a constellation of 13 picosatellites providing basic connectivity for IoT monitoring and tracking, is raising a series A funding round with plans to deploy 80 satellites by 2024 year-end. [Forward]
Mock-up of proposed stratospheric balloon system for tourists.
Image Credit:  World View 
World View will get up to $121 million in gross proceeds plus up to $75 million in additional financing from a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) merger with Leo Holdings Corp. II. [Forward]
SpaceX raised $2 billion in 2022. Other significant raises were defense sector-related: defense technology startup Anduril's $1.5 billion Series E, Shield AI’s $225 million Series E, and Slingshot Aerospace’s $40 million Series A. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
The Electron rocket launch was Rocket Lab's 33rd mission to date, but the first from U.S. soil. The company has been regularly launching from private launchpads in New Zealand. [Forward]
Relativity’s cofounder, Tim Ellis, with the company's Stargate 3D printer.
Image Credit:  Relativity Space
Relativity’s first 3D-printed rocket, Terran 1, is set to launch from Cape Canaveral in early 2023. It has 1/10th the parts, and if successful would be the first methane-fueled rocket to achieve orbit. [Forward]
NASA partners with DARPA on Demonstration Rocket for Agile Cislunar Operations (DRACO) spacecraft to develop nuclear thermal propulsion, with an in-space demonstration possible as soon as 2027. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Cosmology
Although silicon shares some of carbon's fundamental properties and is far more abundant on most planets, carbon in water is an excellent option for biochemistry except in highly unusual environments. [Forward]