[Space] 2023.06.15

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
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]
ISTC'23 will be the largest virtual event in the industry in 2023, featuring speakers from the Space and Technology industries. Free. Online. June 22, 2023. [Forward]
Two CubeSats orbiting around Earth. Image Credit: NASA
The Intrepid Museum will present a Virtual Astro Live program on NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative, which provides research opportunities for NASA’s strategic goals, aiding in low-cost technology development. June 25, 2023. [Forward]
This year's motto is PROMPT, an appeal to the collective intelligence of the brightest minds in tech, science, start-up founders and investors to understand the latest in AI, quantum computing, New Space, and more. €22.61-696.33. Munich. July 6-8, 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 theme of the Global Aerospace Summit is Innovating the Skies, Connecting the World. Presenting Sponsors including Airbus and Raytheon Technologies will discuss the latest developments, trends, challenges, and opportunities in aviation and space. Washington DC. September 12-13, 2023. [Forward]
UNIDIR’s Outer Space Security Conference provides a unique forum for the diplomatic community and, military experts, and more, to jointly consider challenges and solutions related to security in outer space. Free online and in-person. Geneva, Switzerland. September 13-14, 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]
Two satellite industry events hosted back-to-back. Satellite Innovation focuses on analyzing next-generation satellite technologies and the current business environment, while MilSat Symposium will focus on space defense. $50-2,195. Mountain View, CA. October 17-20, 2023. 

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Pixxel says its hyperspectral imagery will have greater resolution and more bands. Credit: Pixxel
Hyperspectral imaging startup Pixxel raised $36 million in a Series B funding round led by Google. Pixxel is working on a constellation of 24 hyperspectral imaging satellites it expects to deploy by 2025. [Forward]
Firefly acquired Spaceflight Inc., to help augment its “end-to-end” space transportation services. Spaceflight was known as a leader in arranging launches of small satellites on small launch vehicles, or as secondary payloads on larger vehicles. [Forward]
Y Combinator graduate Hubble Network closed a $20 million Series A round in March to demonstrate satellites that connect to terrestrial Bluetooth-enabled devices. Hubble plans to utilize hundreds of antennae per satellite to amplify the very weak signals from Bluetooth chips. [Forward]
Fortify raised $12.5 million from investors including Lockheed Martin Ventures and Raytheon Technologies’ RTX Ventures to accelerate development of its Digital Composite Manufacturing platform, which prints composite materials designed down to the nanoscale for high performance. [Forward]
Satellite manufacturer York Space Systems acquired Emergent Space Technologies, a flight software and space mission engineering tool developer. The acquisition includes proprietary flight and ground software products developed under U.S. government contracts. [Forward]
Nuview, a startup planning to establish a constellation of light detection and ranging (lidar) satellites, has raised $15 million including $12 million in an ongoing Series A led by MaC Venture Capital. [Forward]
249 small businesses and 39 research institutions received Phase I grants under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Among the awardees are Starfish Space and Argo Space. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
SpaceX Starship. Image Credit: SpaceX
NASA has concerns that the lunar lander version of SpaceX’s Starship will not be ready, potentially delaying the mission from December 2025 to some time in 2026. SpaceX will need to launch Starship multiple times prior to Artemis 3. [Forward]
Boeing announced June 1st that it found two serious safety issues with its Starliner spacecraft, raising questions about the viability of its commercial crew program. [Forward]
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is back on track to visit the metal-rich asteroid, now scheduled to launch in October 2023 on a Falcon Heavy rocket and arrive in August 2029. The launch was delayed last year after serious issues with the flight software were found. [Forward]
Tractor beams may provide a solution to unwanted space debris. Using attractive or repulsive electrostatic force, a CU Boulder team aims to demonstrate electron beams that move debris without ever touching it. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Cosmology
Debate over when the star will explode resumed after the star brightened by almost 50% over May and June 2023. [Forward]
A team of 16 scientists are due to report their findings on UAPs (Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena) by the end of July. Of more than 800 sightings over 27 years, 2-5% are thought to be possibly anomalous. [Forward]
Theoretical physicist Leonard Susskind combines insights from black holes and computational complexity to propose a new second law of quantum complexity, a quantum analogue of the second law of thermodynamics. [Forward]