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Issue #72  •  July 3  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
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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.
Space Startup Spotlight
Relativity wins Iridium contract, selects West Coast launch site
Small launch vehicle developer Relativity Space has won a contract to launch six Iridium replacement satellites from a new launch site at Vandenberg AFB.
Thermal materials startup Carbice finds foothold in space industry

First commercial Earth-to-moon communication relay satellite planned for 2023
Communications between Earth and the moon actually requires a huge amount of equipment under current circumstances. The transmission distance for any data sent from our large natural satellite and us here on Earth is 225,000 miles — which means a transmission signal requires significant power, and that translates to heavy, bulky transmission equipment
Rocket startup Astra trying for an orbital launch again in July, renewing fundraising efforts
Rocket builder Astra will try again for its first orbital rocket launch in July, as the startup navigates the coronavirus environment.
Stellar Perspective
9 top space tech VCs on the market’s opportunities and challenges
Space is a relatively niche area of tech investing in the best of times, but COVID-19 has redrawn the landscape. What do investors who are active in this sector think about what’s changed, what hasn’t and what’s coming in the future?
This week we take stock of the funding that Chinese newspace firms have raised and also check back in on OneWeb, the beleaguered satellite company everyone wants a piece of.

Exit Velocity
In-space additive manufacturing startup Made In Space acquired by Redwire
One of the new space companies that has done the most for popularizing the idea of in-space manufacturing, including use of additive technologies like 3D printing on the International Space Station, has been acquired by Redwire, a newly formed entity created by a private equity firm to roll up a number of space technology, supply and development companies.
DoD CARES
Six small launch companies to receive DoD contracts under Defense Production Act
Aevum, Astra, X-Bow, Rocket Lab, Space Vector and VOX Space each will receive contracts to launch two rideshare missions.
Propping Up the ISRU Economy
NASA's Artemis moon mission aims for an ice economy
“Wow, this is extremely important!!” Elon Musk said.
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Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
julian.miller@startupdigestmail.com
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