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Space Force awards $32 million in contracts to startups and small businesses

Of 24 companies that competed at the Space Force Pitch Day, 19 were selected for SBIR Phase 2 awards

WASHINGTON — At a virtual pitch event Aug. 19, the U.S. Space Force selected 19 companies that each will receive $1.7 million Small Business Innovation Research Phase 2 contracts.

The ‘Space Force Pitch Day’ marked the launch of SpaceWERX, a new industry outreach organization funded by the Space Force and the …


AWS Space Accelerator

Cognitive Space selected to participate in inaugural AWS Space Accelerator for Startups

Cognitive Space will use AWS Cloud solutions to develop and operate its suite of AI-powered services for satellite mission operations, collection planning, and capacity forecasting.

Cognitive Space today announced it has been selected to participate in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Space Accelerator, a business support program for startups seeking to use AWS to help solve the biggest challenges in the space industry. This opportunity will support Cognitive Space efforts …


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Space startups selected for Amazon Web Services accelerator

The companies selected are Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, HawkEye 360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU and Ursa Space


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AWS, venture capital firm finalize selections for space startup accelerator

After nearly two months of evaluations, Amazon Web Services and its venture capital partner have selected 10 startup space companies to participate in a four-week accelerator program focused on cloud computing and analytics technologies.


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AWS selects Cognitive Space for Startup Accelerator

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has selected a crop of space startups for a new program called the AWS Space Accelerator, in collaboration with space investor firm Seraphim. The companies selected span a broad range of space capabilities: Cognitive Space, D-Orbit, Descartes Labs, Edgybees, Hawkeye 360, LeoLabs, Lunar Outpost, Orbital Sidekick, Satellite VU, and Ursa Space.


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Cognitive Space winner at International Space Pitch Day

The winners of the inaugural International Space Pitch Day were today announced marking several world firsts.

Ten tech start-ups successfully secured same-day contracts worth up to £53,000 ($66,000) to fast-track the development of their innovations after pitching direct to UK, US and NATO military leaders.


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Space-focused fund with HQ in Houston rockets towards $20M goal

Aventure capital firm co-located in Houston and Austin has announced a recent closing of a $20 million fund.

SpaceFund has raised $9 million toward its its $20 million BlastOff Fund as of this week — surpassing its initial first close goal of $5 million.


NASA

NASA Awards Prizes to Six Startup Companies in Entrepeneur’s Challenge

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has awarded prize funding of $100,000 each to six entrepreneurial startup companies under its pilot Entrepreneur’s Challenge program for concepts ranging from machine learning to enable exploration and other technologies to new ways to build instruments to study the universe.

NASA partnered with Starburst, the global aerospace hub, to jointly launch a pilot program to engage entrepreneurs.


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Techstars space accelerators announce 2020 startups

The Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator and Techstars Allied Space Accelerator announced the names June 8 of companies selected to participate in their 2020 classes.

The Techstars Allied Space Accelerator, established late last year with the support of the U.S. Air Force, Netherlands Ministry of Defence, Norwegian Ministry of Defence and Norwegian Space Agency, selected ten startups for its inaugural class.


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To commercialize Space we need Infrastructure, not just launch rockets

Rockets are big, powerful and dramatic. They stand hundreds of feet high and are catapulted into orbit by millions of pounds of thrust at nearly 25,000 miles per hour. As they ascend, they leave behind long, glowing contrails that mark their path to the stars and mystify the earthbound onlookers they’ve left behind. It’s these amazing technologies and the growing number of for-profit companies behind them that are driving the …