[Space] 2023.03.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
The AWS Space Accelerator provides an intensive curriculum for companies focused on the space domain to accelerate their growth alongside leading AWS experts. Application Deadline: March 6, 2023. [Forward]
Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) will award $6,500 to several college teams to develop innovative concepts for operating on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Deadline: March 13, 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
Industry, research, and government representatives present commercial, research and career opportunities for professionals and students in the Canadian space economy. Online. Free. March 2, 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]
Featured speakers include Jared Isaacman, Polaris Dawn Mission Commander, and Dylan Taylor, Voyager Space CEO. The theme for ISDC 2023 is A New Space Age. Frisco, Texas. May 25-28, 2023. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
3D rocket maker Relativity Space has set a launch date for its first-ever mission for March 8, after receiving its launch license from regulators. Watch the livestream: https://youtu.be/_YAlOGZM32U [Forward]
Spacecraft builder Terran Orbital shares surged after the company announced a $2.4 billion contract to design, build, and deploy 300 communications satellites for Rivada Space Networks. [Forward]
Vast aims to build human habitats with artificial gravity, a step more ambitious than the existing zero gravity environment of the International Space Station. [Forward]
The carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic’s suborbital spaceplane made its first flight in more than a year on February 15, bringing it closer to beginning commercial service. [Forward]
Iwaya Giken's two-seater cabin for commercial space viewing.
Credit: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Japanese startup Iwaya Giken announced plans to launch commercial balloon flights where passengers will have an unobstructed view of outer space from the middle of the stratosphere for $180,000. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
After a static-fire test in February, SpaceX may be ready for an orbital Starship launch attempt in March, pending its FAA launch license. SpaceX is targeting a reduction of orbital launch costs from $2,000 to $200 a kilogram. [Forward]
United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said the company plans to fly its Vulcan rocket for the first time this May, pending some final work qualifying Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engines for flight. [Forward]
Samsung Electronics has secured a 5G non-terrestrial network (NTN) modem for direct smartphone-satellite communications in locations with no cellular network connectivity and plans to integrate it into its Exynos chip. [Forward]
Dragon XL 
Credit: NASA
Three years after awarding SpaceX a contract, NASA expects to start work later this year on the first Dragon XL cargo mission to the lunar Gateway, scheduled for 2027. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Cosmology
Dark energy, estimated to comprise around 68 percent of the universe, is hypothesized to oppose gravity and account for the observed accelerated expansion of the cosmos. The study was the work of 17 astronomers from nine countries and was led by the University of Hawaii. [Forward]
An in-depth discussion of the study that argues its conclusion, that supermassive black holes coupling to the universe's expansion can explain dark energy, is unlikely. [Forward]
European Space Agency Euclid spacecraft
Credit: European Space Agency
The $1.5 billion Euclid mission, scheduled for a July launch, is expected to join the Webb telescope at the second Lagrangian Point to chart a 3D map across two billion galaxies in search of dark matter and dark energy. [Forward]
Asteroid Ryugu has a rich complement of organic molecules, supporting the idea that organic material from space contributed to the inventory of chemical components necessary for life. [Forward]