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Techstars Space Startup Digest

Issue #50  •  October 26  •  View online  •  Suggest a link to us
Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.

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Stellar Perspective
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions
At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology and business, I asked NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine about what role he sees for startups in contributing to his agency’s ambitious Artemis program.
Will private funds fuel the next space race?
Indian space entrepreneur Susmita Mohanty talks about the future of private space exploration ahead of 70th annual International Astronautical Conference.
The Space Industry Is Getting Down to Business
The space ecosystem and industry has been evolving and exploring ways to create an economic sphere driven by the private sector.
Orbital Acquisitions
Voyager Space Holdings to acquire Altius Space Machines
Voyager Space Holdings, a company established to serve as a holding company and long-term funding source for space startups, has acquired its first firm.
Legged Lunar Consortium
Legged lunar rover startup Spacebit taps Latin American partners for Moon mission
U.K.-based lunar rover startup Spacebit, a company developing robotic exploration hardware for use on the Moon, announced two new partners that will help it develop and finalize its technology ahead of its target mission date of 2021.
DARPA's Upcoming Stealth Startup Launch
Stealth startup lone remaining contender in DARPA responsive launch challenge
A three-way launch contest is now down to one unidentified company after two competitors backed out, DARPA announced Oct. 22.
Space Startup Spotlight
This Silicon Valley Startup Is Dedicated to Detecting UFOs Off the California Coast
UAP eXpeditions is made up of former military officials, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and academics.
Backed by Samsung, South Korean startup Perigee aims for 2020 maiden launch
Perigee Aerospace of Daejeong, South Korea, has raised around $12 million from Samsung Venture Investments, LB Investment and others to develop Blue Whale 1, a small launcher capable of carrying 50 kilograms to a 500-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit, CEO Yoon Shin said in an interview. 
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Small rocket launch startup Firefly teams up with Aerojet Rocketdyne
In a perfect example of a small, new space startup teaming up with a legacy industry heavyweight with plenty of experience, Firefly is teaming up with Aerojet Rocketdyne. Firefly Aerospace was founded in 2013 and has raised $21.6 million so far to bring its first product, the Alpha small satellite launch vehicle, to market.

How Global Insurance Brand MetLife is Partnering with Startups to Power Innovation in Financial Wellness

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Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
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