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Near Space Labs closes $13M Series A to send more Earth imaging robots to the stratosphere

The decreasing cost of launch and a slew of other tech innovations have brought about a renaissance in geospatial intelligence, with multiple startups aiming to capture higher-quality and more frequent images of Earth than have ever before been available. Most of these startups, however, are focused on using satellites to collect data. Not so for Near Space Labs, a four-year-old company that instead aims to gather geospatial intelligence from the stratosphere, using small autonomous wind-powered...
Tags: Startups, Space, Texas, Tech, Barcelona, Earth, Brooklyn, Moscow, Balloon, Aerospace, Cto, Federal Aviation Administration, Crosslink Capital, Barcelona Spain, Swifties, Stratosphere


Inspiration4’s successful splashdown is just the beginning of private spaceflight for SpaceX

Just like that, they came back. The Inspiration4 crew made a triumphant splashdown on Saturday evening off the east coast of Florida, marking the close of the first completely private, all-civilian space mission. SpaceX’s Go Searcher recovery ship hauled the Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, a little less than an hour after splashdown. The crew was then ferried via helicopter to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where they received standard medical checks. The successful completion of the missi...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Tech, Nasa, Earth, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, European Space Agency, Richard Branson, Lockheed Martin, Jeff Bezos, Iss, Aerospace, Musk


SpaceX’s Inspiration4 update: Cold pizza, zero-gravity flips and a ukulele solo

This photo provided by SpaceX shows Hayley Arceneaux, one of the passengers of Inspiration4 in the Dragon capsuleon Friday, Sept. 17. (SpaceX) This photo provided by SpaceX shows Jared Isaacman, one of the passengers of Inspiration4 in the Dragon capsule on Friday, Sept. 17. T (SpaceX) This photo provided by SpaceX shows the passengers of Inspiration4 in the Dragon capsule on Friday, Sept. 17. They are, from left, Chris Sembroski, Jared Isaacman, Sian Proctor and Hayley Arceneaux. SpaceX go...
Tags: Europe, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, News, Sport, Nasa, Earth, Soccer, Arizona, Aerospace, Memphis, Atlantic Ocean, CAPE CANAVERAL Fla, SpaceX Falcon, St Jude Children s Research Hospital


Aurora Propulsion Technologies closes €1.7M seed for spacecraft maneuvering and deorbiting tech

More spacecraft will be sent to orbit this year than ever before in human history, and the number of satellite launches is only anticipated to increase through the rest of the decade. Under these crowded conditions, being able to maneuver satellites in space and deorbit them when they reach the end of their useful life will be key. Enter Aurora Propulsion Technologies. It’s one of a handful of startups that has emerged in the past few years to help simplify the problem of spacecraft propulsion. ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Nokia, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Aurora, Recent Funding, Practica Capital, Takala, Mars Venus, Aurora Propulsion Technologies, Roope Takala, TESI Finnish Industry Investment Ltd, Kluz Ventures Individual


Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck will discuss taking a company interplanetary at Disrupt 2021

Building an orbital launch business from scratch is no simple matter, but what if that business is just a stepping stone to a vertically integrated, interplanetary space company? Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck will be joining us next week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2021 (Sept 21-23) to talk about the challenge and exhilaration of pursuing his passion for space, all the way to orbit, the moon and beyond. Rocket Lab started over a decade ago as Beck tested increasingly large rockets, with the (supposedl...
Tags: Space, Beck, Events, Tech, New Zealand, Aerospace, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, TC Disrupt 2021


Hawthorne-based SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

Workers stand on the service structure for a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39-A in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara) A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with four private citizens onboard, lifts off from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39-A Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, in Cape Ca...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, News, Washington, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Mars, Jeff Bezos, Aerospace, Cornell University, Blue Origin


Explainer: 4 will circle Earth on first SpaceX private flight

By MARCIA DUNN | Associated Press CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s bankrolling the entire trip. He’s taking two sweepstakes winners with him on the three-day, round-the-world trip, along with a health care worker who survived childhood cancer. They’ll ride alone in a fully auto...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, News, Washington, Virginia, Sport, Nasa, Marlo Thomas, Soccer, International Space Station, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Kazakhstan, Jeff Bezos, Air Force


Watch SpaceX launch the first all-civilian Inspiration4 mission to space live

After months of publicity, an NFT auction, and even a Netflix docu-series, it’s finally here: the four-person crew of Inspiration4 will be heading to space. What makes this launch different from any that came before it? None of the four people onboard are astronauts. The mission marks the first time that an all-civilian crew will fly to space. Let’s meet them: Jared Isaacman, a 38-year-old billionaire whose fortune comes from the payment processing company Shift4 Payments, which went public ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Spacex, Florida, Nasa, Earth, Netflix, Lockheed Martin, Falcon 9, Aerospace, Falcon, Atlantic Ocean, NFT, Crew Dragon, Procter, Kennedy Space Center


SpaceX, Blue Origin awarded NASA contracts to develop moon lander concepts for future Artemis missions

NASA has awarded a combined $146 million in contracts to five companies, including SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics, to develop lander concepts as part of the agency’s Artemis program. The awards include $26.5 million to Blue Origin; $40.8 million to Dynetics; $35.2 million to Lockheed Martin; $34.8 million to Northrop Grumman; and $9.4 million to SpaceX. Only two companies that submitted proposals, Blue Ridge Nebula Starlines and Cook & Chevalier Enterprises, did not receive contracts. The cont...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Artemis, Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, HLS, NeXTStep, SpaceX Blue Origin, Dynetics, Human Landing System Program, Blue Ridge Nebula Starlines


Spaceflight will be ferrying payloads from Orbit Fab, GeoJump to lunar orbit next year

Space rideshare service provider Spaceflight Inc. is going to be shuttling customers on a lunar flyby mission next year, part of its long-term vision of giving companies easy access to lunar orbits and beyond. The Seattle-based company will be delivering payload using its propulsive transfer vehicle, Sherpa EScape, or Sherpa-ES, the latest iteration of Sherpa vehicles that the company has been testing for the past few years. The Sherpa essentially acts as last-mile space transportation, deployin...
Tags: Space, Tech, Nasa, Moon, Seattle, Spaceflight, Aerospace, SpaceX Falcon, Sherpa, Intuitive Machines, Spaceflight Inc, Orbit Fab, Geojump, Sherpa LTC


Sustainable jet fuel company Alder Fuels seals investments from United, Honeywell

The aviation industry is notoriously difficult to decarbonize, in part because airplanes use a petroleum-based fuel to fly. Alder Fuels wants to change that. The new clean tech company, headed by Bryan Sherbacow, is developing a low-carbon jet fuel that can be used as a 100% drop-in replacement for petroleum fuel, without needing to adapt existing aircraft or engines. That’s notable because the only commercially available sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) still requires a 50-50 blend with conventi...
Tags: Transportation, Congress, Tech, Joe Biden, Aerospace, Department Of Energy, United, ASTM International, TechCrunch, Honeywell, Bryan Sherbacow, Sherbacow, U S Defense Logistics Agency, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, Alder Fuels, United Honeywell


Solar-powered aircraft developer Skydweller Aero adds $8M to Series A, partners with Palantir

Airplanes and drones today, regardless of size or fuel type, all face the same limitation: eventually they have to land. Skydweller Aero, the U.S.-Spanish aerospace startup, wants to break free from that constraint by developing an autonomous solar-powered aircraft it says will eventually be capable of perpetual flight. Their pitch, which helped the company raise $32 million in a Series A, has led to an additional $8 million in oversubscribed funding led by Leonardo S.p.A, Marlinspike Capital an...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Aerospace, Palantir, Palantir Technologies, Andre Borschberg, Solar Impulse, Data Analytics, Leonardo, Parkes, Bertrand Piccard, Electric Aircraft, Electric aviation, John Parkes, Skydweller Aero


Rocket Lab’s order backlog tops $141M as the company inks five-launch deal with Kinéis

It was a busy first half of the year for U.S.-New Zealand company Rocket Lab, which posted earnings for the first six months of 2021 on Wednesday – the first such reporting since the company went public last month. Rocket Lab reported revenues for the six-month period of $29.5 million. Its order backlog also grew to $141.4 million as of June 30, up 136% from $59.9 million compared to the same period last year. While the general trend seems to be positive, executives emphasized the continued impa...
Tags: Space, Beck, Tech, Commercial Spaceflight, Satellites, New Zealand, Mars, Aerospace, Spice, GAAP, Electron, Rocket Lab, BlackSky, Peter Beck, Photon, Neutron


We must subsidize and regulate space exploration

Joshua Jahani Contributor Share on Twitter Joshua Jahani is a lecturer at Cornell University and New York University, and a board adviser at the investment bank Jahani and Associates specializing in the Middle East and Africa. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (popularizing the modern internet). He didn’t protect the technology because he wanted it to benefit us all. Three decades later, most of the power —...
Tags: TC, Column, Space, Opinion, Government, Africa, Tech, Policy, Atlantic, United States, Space Tourism, Space Travel, Virgin Galactic, Middle East, Spaceflight, Aerospace


Aerospace primes Northrop, Lockheed join in Orbit Fab’s over $10M funding round

San Francisco-based startup Orbit Fab wants to be the go-to source for orbital refueling, and now it has raised over $10 million in its quest to get there. The money will go toward funding a refueling trial that’s due to launch as early as the end of 2022, in which the company plans to send to space two refueling shuttles that will repeatedly perform a three-step dock, transfer fuel and undock process. The round was led by Asymmetry Ventures, with participation from existing investor SpaceFund a...
Tags: Startups, Space, San Francisco, Tech, Earth, Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Ventures, Schiel, Recent Funding, Orbit Fab, Jeremy Schiel, Orbital Servicing, Asymmetry Ventures, Northrop Lockheed


Fractory raises $9M to rethink the manufacturing supply chain for metalworks

The manufacturing industry took a hard hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are signs of how it is slowly starting to come back into shape — helped in part by new efforts to make factories more responsive to the fluctuations in demand that come with the ups and downs of grappling with the shifting economy, virus outbreaks and more. Today, a businesses that is positioning itself as part of that new guard of flexible custom manufacturing — a startup called Fractory — is announcing a Series A ...
Tags: TC, Europe, Business, Metal, Hardware, Enterprise, Maryland, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Articles, Tech, Economy, Industrial Design, United States, 3d Printing, United Kingdom


FAA grounds Virgin Galactic pending probe of Branson’s July flight

By Alan Levin and Justin Bachman | Bloomberg U.S. aviation authorities won’t permit Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. to fly its space plane until an investigation is complete into whether a July 11 flight deviation threatened public safety. The Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing why SpaceShipTwo flew outside the area in which it was cleared by the agency during the trip to space that carried company founder Richard Branson and others. The flight landed safely. “Virgin Galactic may not re...
Tags: Business, New York, Congress, Sport, Soccer, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Air Force, Faa, Aerospace, Branson, Skunk Works, Federal Aviation Administration, Alan Levin, Boeing Lockheed, Justin Bachman


FAA grounds Virgin Galactic amidst investigation into July mission

Remember that story we posted earlier today about Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight scheduled to launch in September? We may have spoken too soon. This afternoon, the Federal Aviation Administration said it was grounding all Virgin Galactic flights until further notice, pending the results of the investigation into the company’s July 11 crewed flight. “Virgin Galactic may not return the SpaceShipTwo vehicle to flight until the FAA approves the final mishap investigation report or determi...
Tags: Space, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Air Force, Air Traffic Control, Faa, Aerospace, Federal Aviation Administration, Spaceport America, National Research Council, Spaceport America New Mexico


Virgin Galactic looks to late September, early October for first commercial crewed flight

Just two months after celebrating its first manned launch to orbit – which is now under investigation with the Federal Aviation Administration – Virgin Galactic wants to return to space. The company will be conducting its first commercial mission, the 23rd for the VSS Unity rocket-powered spaceplane, in late September or early October from the company’s sprawling Spaceport America facility. The flight will carry three crew members from the Italian Air Force and the National Research Council, eac...
Tags: Space, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Commercial Spaceflight, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Air Force, Air Traffic Control, Faa, Aerospace, Federal Aviation Administration, Spaceport, Outer Space, Unity, Spaceport America


Rocket Lab boosts its space systems divison in quest to become an “end-to-end space company”

Peter Beck hasn’t been shy about his intention to grow Rocket Lab into more than just a launch provider, but a fully vertically integrated space company that makes spacecraft in addition to sending them to orbit. The company, which he founded in 2006, has taken yet another major stride toward that goal with the news Wednesday that it will open a new production facility to manufacture satellite components at a larger scale than ever before. The facility will manufacture reaction wheels, critical ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Beck, Tech, Commercial Spaceflight, Satellites, Manufacturing, Mars, Aerospace, Rocket Lab, StarLink, Peter Beck, Rosie the Robot, Varda Space Industries, Sinclair Interplanetary Rocket Lab


Rocket Lab boosts its space systems division in quest to become an ‘end-to-end space company’

Peter Beck hasn’t been shy about his intention to grow Rocket Lab into more than just a launch provider, but a fully vertically integrated space company that makes spacecraft in addition to sending them to orbit. The company, which he founded in 2006, has taken yet another major stride toward that goal with the news Wednesday that it will open a new production facility to manufacture satellite components at a larger scale than ever before. The facility will manufacture reaction wheels, critical ...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Beck, Tech, Commercial Spaceflight, Satellites, Manufacturing, Mars, Aerospace, Rocket Lab, StarLink, Peter Beck, Rosie the Robot, Varda Space Industries, Sinclair Interplanetary Rocket Lab


Pandemic-driven liquid oxygen shortage threatens ULA, SpaceX launches

The ongoing reverberations from the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to make themselves felt in the most unlikely of places: spaceflight. On Friday, NASA took the unexpected step to ground a September satellite launch due to pandemic-related shortages of liquid oxygen (LOX), and there may be more launch delays yet to come. Demand for oxygen has only risen with the Delta variant, which in many cities pushed hospitalization and ICU admittance rates back to where they were at the start of the pande...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, California, Tech, Supply Chains, Nasa, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, Boeing, United Launch Alliance, Orlando, Orlando Florida


Peter Beck on Rocket Lab’s public listing debut, space SPACs and the Neutron rocket

Peter Beck’s earliest memory is standing outside with his father in his hometown of Invercargill, New Zealand, looking up at the stars, and being told that there could very well be people on planets orbiting those stars looking right back at him. “For a three or four year old, that was a mind-blowing thing that got etched into my memory and from that point onwards, that was me destined to work in the space industry,” he said at the Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF). Of course, hindsight is 20...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Virginia, Beck, Tech, Nasa, Commercial Spaceflight, New Zealand, SEC, Mars, Aerospace, Venus, Falcon, SPAC, Outer Space


Dawn Aerospace conducts five flights of its suborbital spaceplane

While the rocket launch sector is quickly becoming crowded, the same can’t be said for companies developing suborbital spaceplanes. This means there’s plenty of room to grow for startups like Dawn Aerospace, which has now completed five test flights of its Mk-II Aurora spaceplane that is designed to fly up to 60 miles above the Earth’s surface. The flights, which took place at the Glentanner Aerodrome in New Zealand’s South Island in July, were to assess the vehicle’s airframe and avionics. Whil...
Tags: Startups, Space, Tech, Earth, Netherlands, New Zealand, Aerospace, South Island, Dawn, Aurora, Powell, Zuid Holland, Spaceplane, Suborbital Flight, Dawn Aerospace, Suborbital Spaceflight


Astroscale successfully demos in-space capture-and-release system to clear orbital debris

Astroscale hit a major milestone Wednesday, when its space junk removal demo satellite that’s currently in orbit successfully captured and released a client spacecraft using a magnetic system. The End-of-Life Services by Astroscale-demonstration (ELSA-d) mission was launched in March, with the goal of validating the company’s orbital debris removal tech. The demonstrator package, which was sent up on a Soyuz rocket that launched from Kazakhstan, included two separate spacecraft: a “servicer” des...
Tags: Startups, Elsa, Space, Tech, Department Of Defense, Nasa, Space Flight, Kazakhstan, Aerospace, Space Junk, Space Debris, Orbital Debris, Astroscale, Space Surveillance Network, Astroscale Astroscale


The American Institute of Aeronautics' first official UFO conference

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is a professional society for aerospace engineers founded 1963. It currently boasts around 30,000 members. Earlier this month, at the organization's annual conference, a six-member panel convened for a session titled "Advocating for Scientific Study of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – Technical Perspective with focus on Aviation Safety." — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Aviation, Aerospace, Ufo, Aeronautics, UFOs, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Security Enhancements, Ufology, AVIATION DISASTER, Uap Task Force, Unidentified aerial phenomenon, UAPs, American Institute of Aeronautics


Ispace unveils bigger moon lander capable of surviving lunar nights

Ispace, a Japanese space startup that aims to lead the development of a lunar economy, has unveiled its design for a large lander that could go to the moon as early as 2024. Tokyo-based ispace said this next-gen lander, dubbed Series 2, would be used on the company’s third planned moon mission. The lander is both larger in size and payload capacity than the company’s first lander, coming in at around 9 feet tall and 14 feet wide including legs. The vehicle will be capable of carrying up to 500 k...
Tags: Space, Colorado, Germany, Tech, Nasa, United States, Commercial Spaceflight, Tokyo, Mars, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Gnc, Outer Space, General Atomics, Draper, ArianeGroup


HyPoint and Piasecki reach $6.5M deal to develop hydrogen fuel cells systems for eVTOLs

A quick survey of many of the most highly valued electric vertical take-off and landing companies shows one thing in common: All of them are developing aircraft powered by batteries. But a growing suite of aviation companies, turned off by what they see as the energy density limitations of lithium-ion batteries, are turning instead to hydrogen fuel cells. This is where HyPoint comes in. The two-year-old company has been working with a number of eVTOL companies, like ZeroAvia, on air-cooled hydro...
Tags: Transportation, Tech, Aerospace, GreenTech, Federal Aviation Administration, Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Piasecki, Evtol, Urban Air Mobility, Hypoint, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation, Alex Ivanenko, John Piasecki


Rocket Lab’s Mars mission gets green light from NASA

Rocket Lab is one step closer to going to Mars with NASA’s approval of the company’s Photon spacecraft for an upcoming science mission. If all continues according to plan the two craft will launch in 2024 and arrive on the Red Planet 11 months later to study its magnetosphere. The mission is known as the Escape and Plasma Acceleration and Dynamics Explorers, or ESCAPADE (hats off to whoever worked that one out), and was proposed for a small satellite science program back in 2019, eventually bein...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Mars, UC Berkeley, Aerospace, Artemis, Mars Mission, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck, Escapade, Varda Space Industries, Interestingly Rocket Lab


SpaceX ships 100,000 Starlink terminals to customers, eyes future launches using Starship

Elon Musk’s Starlink project, which aims to provide global broadband connectivity via a constellation of satellites, has shipped 100,000 terminals to customers. 100k terminals shipped!https://t.co/Q1VvqVmJ2i — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 23, 2021 It’s a jaw-dropping pace for the capital-intensive service, which began satellite launches in November 2019 and opened its $99/month beta program for select customers around a year later. Since that period, SpaceX has launched over 1,700 satellites...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Tech, EC, Falcon 9, Aerospace, Falcon, Starship, Federal Communication Commission, StarLink