[Space] 2023.06.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
A collaborative opportunity between diverse startup entrepreneurs, NASA scientists, and the Space Tech community for the development and commercialization of lunar payloads and climate science. Deadline: June 28, 2023. [Forward]
Help NASA overcome challenges inherent to living far away from Earth by submitting an idea for sustaining a human presence to, from, and around the Moon. Deadline: October 2, 2023. [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
James Slifierz of SkyWatch, a Canadian company making commercial Earth observation data more accessible, discusses how we can put the vast amount of space data to better use. Free. Online. June 2, 2023. [Forward]
UK's largest event focused on the commercial future of space for business and defense. Meet the next generation of innovators in Space-Comm's Start Up Zone. Free. Farnborough, UK. June 7-8, 2023. [Forward]
A multi-day Secure World Foundation event for global stakeholders focused on developing solutions for space sustainability. $25-$350 + fees. Online and in-person in New York. June 13-14, 2023. [Forward]
The world's largest event dedicated to the aviation and space industry, is held every two years in odd-numbered years. Paris. June 19-25, 2023. [Forward]
Seradata Space Conference will cover topics related to space risk/insurance for spacecraft operators, manufacturers, space agencies, regulators, insurers, financiers and consultants. £280.00+VAT. London. June 20, 2023. [Forward]
The 2023 IEEE IGARSS aims to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on recent developments for earth observation, disaster monitoring and risk assessment. Pasadena, California. July 16-21, 2023. [Forward]
John Glenn next to the Friendship capsule. Image Credit: John Glenn Memorial Symposium | American Astronautical Society
The theme for 2023’s symposium is: Powering Innovation from Earth to Mars. $25-$850. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. July 17-19, 2023. [Forward]
The 37th Annual Small Satellite Conference will focus on key technological drivers, operational constructs, and activities for successful small satellite missions at scale. Utah State University, Logan, Utah. August 5-10, 2023. [Forward]
Global event bringing together 1,000 decision makers for deal-making and discussions shaping the future of the industry. $580-$3730. Online and in-person in Paris. September 11-15, 2023. [Forward]
The 26th Annual International Mars Society Convention brings together leading scientists, engineers, commercial space executives and government policymakers to discuss current and future Mars exploration and planning for human missions. Tempe, Arizona. October 5-8, 2023. [Forward]
Asia-Pacific satellite and space industry professionals gather for market insight and collaboration on the industry’s challenges and opportunities. $650-1,500. Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. October 10-12, 2023. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
In-space manufacturing startup Varda Space is raising a $25 million pre-Series C, led by Side Door Ventures ahead of its first launch in June. Varda was co-founded by Will Bruey, ex-SpaceX Dragon engineer, and Founders Fund principal Delian Asparouhov. [Forward]
Fleet Space Technologies has raised around $33 million in a Series C round led by Blackbird to expand its satellite-based Exosphere mineral exploration services, particularly into North America. [Forward]
Japanese space robotics startup GITAI's robotic arm. Image Credit: GITAI
Japanese space robotics venture GITAI has raised around $29 million from several Japanese funds and venture firms to accelerate technology development and its U.S. expansion plans. [Forward]
British startup Satellite Vu closed Series A-2 funding ahead of the launch of its first thermal imaging satellite. Molten Ventures led the round. [Forward]
Space systems cybersecurity firm SpiderOak received new strategic investments from Accenture Ventures, Raytheon Technologies’ RTX Ventures, and Stellar Ventures. [Forward]
Startup Astranis successfully deployed and tested their kitchen-stove-sized satellite Arcturus in geostationary orbit and has begun delivering internet service to Alaska. [Forward]
In-space habitation company Vast announced plans to launch Haven-1, intended to be the world’s first commercial space station, no earlier than August 2025, then Vast-1, the first human mission to Haven-1 on a SpaceX Dragon. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
NASA has selected a Blue Origin team to develop the Blue Moon lunar lander to transport astronauts on the Artemis 5 mission scheduled for no earlier than 2029. Artemis 5 will follow Artemis 3 and 4 crewed missions that will use SpaceX’s Starship. [Forward]
The May 25th flight concludes a nearly two-year-long pause in operations for the space tourism company. Virgin Galactic, which still has around $1 billion in runway, eventually aims for once per week flights at a price of around $450,000. [Forward]
SpaceX Starship. Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX will have spent $5 billion or more on its Starship vehicle and launch infrastructure by the end of the year, according to court filings and comments. [Forward]
Rocket Lab, Stratolaunch, and Vast submitted winning bids at a bankruptcy auction on May 22 for most of the assets of launch company Virgin Orbit. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Cosmology
A new NASA animation highlights the relative scale of supermassive black holes, which lurk in the centers of most big galaxies, including our own Milky Way. [Forward]