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Techstars Space Startup Digest

Issue #9  •  January 12  •  view online
Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.
New Heights, Less Resources
Financing for Private Space Companies Slipped in 2018, But Remains at a High Level
Space startups including Elon Musk’s SpaceX raised a total of $3 billion in private capital in 2018.
Space Startup Spotlight
This Startup Wants to Launch Giant Glowing Ads Into the Night Sky

Boom or Bust?
The Space Review: The asteroid mining bubble has burst
Of all the market being pursued by space startups in the last decade, asteroid mining was perhaps the longest-term, and maybe also the most far-fetched. While space tourism has struggled to get off the ground the business case is clear once companies like Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic start flying—which may finally happen this year. 
New Space, New Manufacturing
More Advanced Manufacturing and Factory Automation Resources

Space Startup Life Support Systems
The Space Review: How should Japan’s space agency foster NewSpace?
The role of the private sector in space development and utilization is rapidly increasing, not only in the United States but also in Japan. NASA took an important role in fostering the private sector in US, the most famous example being the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program, which supported SpaceX. What should be the role of space agencies in fostering space startups? How can Japan’s space agency, JAXA, support them?
Will Space Tourism Ever Be A Viable Business?
Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
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