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Techstars Space Startup Digest

Issue #60  •  February 8  •  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.

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Space Startup Spotlight
Why Astra built a space startup and rocket factory in Silicon Valley
There’s a new launch startup in the mix called Astra, which has been operating in semi-stealth mode for the past three years, building its rockets just a stone’s throw from the heart of startup central in Alameda County, Calif. Astra’s approach isn’t exactly a secret — its founders didn’t set out to hide anything and […]
OneWeb plans April launch break to tweak satellite design

Virgin Orbit rocket launch imminent
Activity related to the “space” part of the Mojave Air and Space Port is ramping up these days, as Virgin Orbit prepares for its maiden orbital rocket launch.
Rocket Lab readies parachute tests for its rocket recovery and reuse program

Astronomical Raises
Kinéis raises $110 million to launch IoT nanosatellites
Kinéis has raised $110 million in venture capital to create a constellation of nanosatellites that target internet of things objects.
Startup Props
Skyrora Holds Successful Ground Tests Of Its Eco-Fueled Rocket Engine
Edinburgh-based satellite launch company Skyrora held successful ground tests on its 3D printed 30kN (kilonewton) liquid bi-propellant rocket engine in…
Launch Partners
Astrocast Inks Sixth Cubesat Launch Deal With Spaceflight
Rideshare launch provider Spaceflight will send 10 additional nanosatellites into orbit for Internet of Things (IoT) network developer Astrocast in late 2021, the companies announced Feb. 6. The new contract represents Astrocast’s sixth launch order from Spaceflight, which is now slated to launch 30 of the 100
PLD Space books first suborbital flight, nears resolution of engine setback

Rocket startup Firefly signs satellite constellation launch mission with Satlantis
Rocket launch startup Firefly Aerospace has signed a new agreement with Satlantis, a maker of Earth observation and remote sensing payloads for satellite-based operation. Firefly will launch a constellation of small satellites on behalf of Satlantis that will provide high-res, multispectral imaging of Earth from low Earth orbit.
Stellar Perspective
Opportunities grow for smallsat rideshare launches
SpaceX disclosed new details about its small satellite rideshare efforts as it and other programs put new pricing pressure on small launch vehicles.
Putting It Out Into The Universe
SpaceX will now let you book a rocket launch online starting at $1 million
SpaceX has launched a new web-based booking tool for its rideshare Falcon 9 launches, a service it announced last year to expand its addressable market to include small satellite customers who don’t have the budget or need to book a full rocket, which can cost upwards of $60 million. Prices for the rideshare services that […]

Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
julian.miller@startupdigestmail.com
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