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Techstars Space Startup Digest

Issue #73  •  July 18  •  View online  •  Suggest a link
Bringing you out of this world content focused on startups bridging the gap between humanity and the next great frontier: Space.
Space Startup Spotlight
Fishcakes In Space? How One Biotech Startup Is Growing Far-Out Food
Cellular agriculture companies can use fermentation to grow meat, chicken, and fish from cell cultures in a lab-like setting, offering consumers—and astronauts—a sustainable source of nutritious foods without the animals.
Space hospitality startup to establish training complex
Orbite Corp., a Seattle startup founded by American entrepreneur Jason Andrews and French entrepreneur Nicolas Gaume, announced plans July 14 to establish a Spaceflight Gateway and Astronaut Training Complex offering luxury accommodations, dining and recreation for commercial astronauts, their friends and families.
Orbital Deals
Loft Orbital satellite to carry experiment for DARPA’s Blackjack program - SpaceNews
DARPA’s Pit Boss experiment, dubbed Sagittarius A*, is projected to launch in early 2021.
Astronomical Fundraisings
Exotrail Raises $13M for On-Orbit Transportation of Smallsats
Exotrail has raised $13 million (11 million euros) for on-orbit transportation for small satellites. This Series A round was led by two European Venture Capital firms, Karista (through Paris Region Venture Fund) and Innovacom.
Stellar Perspective
Rocket Lab Launch Failure Was a 'Kick in the Teeth' for In-Space, CEO Says
“We were looking at the telemetry and going — ‘This isn’t right. This isn’t right. Something is definitely going wrong,’” said Doug Liddle, CEO of In-Space, recounting what it was like to watch his team’s satellite be lost in real time. 
Funds no longer available for Defense Production Act small launch contracts
Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said funds that had been allocated for small launch contracts were redirected to small business loans.
Techstars Startup Digest Space is curated by:
Julian Miller Julian Miller - @gvillesjules
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