[Space] 2023.07.01

Challenges | Solicitations | Resources
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
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]
Webinar will focus on challenges impacting the young space generation, using space applications in climate monitoring and research, and the intersection of space and sustainability. Free. Online. July 6, 2023. [Forward]
The theme for LDC 2023 is “Short-term needs and Long-term goals”, with a focus on what needs to be done now to move Lunar settlement forward. $20-$700. Online. July 15-16, 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]
Image of Mars taken by the OSIRIS instrument on the ESA Rosetta spacecraft during its February 2007 flyby of the planet.  Image Credit: ESA & MPS for OSIRIS Team
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. [Forward]

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Space Ecosystem | Startups | Deals
Apex plans to mass-manufacture satellite buses and has raised $16 million to develop its first large-scale factory. The Series A round was led by venture firms Andreessen Horowitz and Shield Capital. [Forward]
Agile Space Industries raised $13 million to expand production and development of the startup’s propulsion systems. The seed round was led by Caruso Ventures with participation from Lockheed Martin Ventures. [Forward]
Indian startup Digantara has raised $10 million to start development of commercial space situational awareness (SSA) capabilities that will include data from spacecraft. The Series A1 round was led by Peak XV Partners (formerly Sequoia Capital India). [Forward]
German startup Vyoma has raised €8.5 million ($9.3 million) to develop space debris-monitoring satellites. Safran will help develop the constellation and participated in the startup’s extended seed round alongside Happiness Capital, Atlantic Labs, and Faber Ventures. [Forward]
German startup Airmo raised €5.2 million ($5.7 million) and landed a European Space Agency contract. It plans to obtain space-based measurements of greenhouse gas emissions using 12 satellites equipped with spectrometers and small LiDAR instruments. [Forward]
Atmos Space Cargo is building a return capsule to enable "microgravity on demand" for research and in-space manufacturing applications. The German startup closed a €4 million ($4.3 million) oversubscribed seed round led by High-Tech Gründerfonds and the Amadeus APEX Technology Fund. [Forward]
Continuum Space Systems has closed a $3 million seed extension round led by Prophetic Capital Partners. The Pasadena-based startup has developed a unified platform to support the entire life cycle of a space mission. [Forward]
Danti, a startup emerging from stealth with $2.75 million in funding, provides natural language search engine capability to enable non-experts to quickly find what they need from vast Earth data sets. [Forward]
Leading in-space observation data provider SCOUT Space closed an oversubscribed Seed round led by Decisive Point, with majority investment by Noblis Ventures, to accelerate their hosted payloads product line development and production to augment missions for enhanced in-space visibility capabilities. [Forward]
RBC Signals construction of a ground station in Alaska. Image Credit: RBC Signals
Libra Group, with $15 billion in shipping, aviation and other transportation transactions, formed Space Leasing International because they see potential in owning and leasing assets given future growth in the space sector. [Forward]
Space Exploration | Development
Carrier aircraft VMS Eve releases spacecraft VSS Unity before firing its rocket engine during the Unity 25 spaceflight on May 25, 2023. Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
Space tourism company Virgin Galactic completed its first commercial spaceflight, "Galactic 01", carrying three paying passengers and 13 research payloads. Virgin Galactic has a backlog of ~800 passengers. [Forward]
India, home to over a hundred startups developing launch vehicles and satellites, agreed to join the Artemis Accords, the 2020 US initiative to return to the moon which includes almost all spacefaring nations except Russia and China. [Forward]
SpaceX is offering to sell insider shares at a valuation of around $150 billion. Starlink, a primary driver of SpaceX's valuation, has more than 1.5 million subscribers. [Forward]
NASA's Mars Sample Return mission was expensive at $4.4 billion, but the new estimate for just building and testing the different components is much larger at $8 to $9 billion. [Forward]
NASA's Space Act Agreements, as part of its Collaborations for Commercial Space Capabilities-2 (CCSC-2) initiative, include a Blue Origin crewed spacecraft and a Starship-derived space station from SpaceX. [Forward]
Astronomy | Astrophysics | Astrobiology | Cosmology
The European Space Agency's space telescope Euclid is scheduled to launch on July 1, to join the James Webb telescope at the second Lagrangian Point. Euclid will chart a 3D map of the universe encompassing two billion galaxies across more than a third of the sky. [Forward]