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Techstars Space Startup Digest

For those of you that might have missed the deadline for the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator pr
Issue #22  •  April 13  •  view online
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Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.
For those of you that might have missed the deadline for the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator program, the link below will give you until the end of this weekend to submit your application:
http://www.f6s.com/starburstspaceaccelerator-2019?ref=extQ3019
Vertical & Integrating
Rocket Lab adds satellite manufacturing to its offerings – TechCrunch
Rocket Lab,  one of the biggest startups in the NewSpace category of companies providing launch and satellite services, has added satellite manufacturing to the array of services it offers to customers.
Stellar Perspective
Space investment hits record high in 2018 - SpaceNews.com

SSA Matters
Why the Air Force still cannot identify more than a dozen satellites from one December launch
On the afternoon of December 3rd, 2018, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from the southern coast of California, lofting the largest haul of individual satellites the vehicle had ever transported. At the time, it seemed like the mission was a slam dunk, with all 64 satellites deploying into space as designed. But nearly four months later, more than a dozen satellites from the launch have yet to be identified in space.
Space Startup Spotlight
How To Enhance Greenhouse Gas Monitoring From Space

Vice President Pence has declared that America will put humanity back on the moon by 2024 “by any means necessary.” A small company in Durango Colorado is already well on the way to lowering the costs of moonshots by 3D printing thrusters for the first wave of robotic lunar landers.

Challenge Accepted
Vector, Virgin and a mystery team will compete in DARPA’s $34M launch challenge – TechCrunch
DARPA  wants to be able to launch anywhere, any time and several times in a row. Is that too much to ask? Not for Vector Space, Virgin Orbit and an unnamed startup that just qualified to participate in the agency’s Launch Challenge, which will push their responsive and mobile launch capabilities to the limit.
Astronomical Fundingraisings
Singapore's Astroscale Raises $30 Million Funding to Delete Space Junk
The new funding brings the total raised by the company to date to $132 million
Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
julian.miller@startupdigestmail.com
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