Hello and welcome to Max Q. In this issue:
- The big increase of Morpheus Space
- Starlink lands in… Antarctica!
- News from Firefly Aerospace, Spire and more
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Morpheus Space, which produces a modular electric propulsion system for small satellites, has raised a Series A round of $28 million. The company aims to use the funds to build a manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, where it is based, and increase its workforce. This will allow the company to accelerate production of its Nano Field Effect Electric Propulsion Thruster (NanoFEEP), which it claims is the “smallest and most efficient electric propulsion system in space”. in the world.
It is a modular system, so multiple NanoFEEP thrusters can be used in combination to create more powerful propulsion systems for larger spacecraft. Since the company launched the product, its customers have landed including Rocket Factory Augsburg and Spire Global.
“The industry has seen significant growth over the past few years unlike anything we have experienced before, and it has presented many opportunities for Morpheus to succeed and grow,” said CEO and Co-Founder. by Morpheus Space, Daniel Bock, said in a statement. “However, we have also seen with our competitors how this presents multiple challenges and lost opportunities for those who cannot keep up. The benefits and problems associated with the space industry right now can be attributed to scalability.
“To be successful, we must lean on each other and help solve problems for our partners to sustain growth. With this round of funding we will be able to produce high quality hardware on a much larger scale that the industry needs and we look forward to seeing how this will open doors for us and others to the future,” added co-founder and president István. Lorincz.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is now potentially available on all seven continents, with recent news that it has finally arrived at McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast. The National Science Foundation said in a tweet, “NSF-supported USAP scientists in #Antarctica are over the moon! Starlink is testing polar service with a newly deployed user terminal at McMurdo Station, increasing bandwidth and connectivity for science support.“NSF funds the United States Antarctic Program at McMurdo and elsewhere.
More news from TC…
- Astrobotique acquired Masten Space Systems after the latter company filed for bankruptcy protection in late July. The acquisition follows a successful $4.5 million bid for Masten’s assets in a Delaware bankruptcy court earlier this month.
- Machines intuitives will be made public via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company, suggesting that the space SPAC craze isn’t quite over yet. The deal will give the combined company a value of approximately $815 million.
- Lynk won US Federal Communications Commission approval for its satellite-to-phone connectivity service, making it well-positioned to beat SpaceX and Metaverse Marketingverse Marketing to the punch.
- Nanoracks and its parent company Voyager Space have successfully demonstrated metal cutting in space for the first time, a step that could be a boon for in-space construction and manufacturing.
- rocket lab performed its 30th Electron launch, with the mission that Synspective deliver one of its StriX synthetic aperture radar satellites into space. This is the second of a “bulk buy” of three Electron launches for the company. It’s also the 150th satellite Rocket Lab has sent into space!
- ABL space systems said it was finalizing its launch window with the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), suggesting that we are very close to the inaugural launch attempt of the RS1 rocket.
- AST SpaceMobile confirmed the success of the launch of the BlueWalker 3 satellite in orbit. The company will use the satellite to perform direct-to-cell connectivity tests on all continents inhabited by humans.
- blue origin The 23rd launch of the New Shepard was aborted mid-flight due to an engine problem. No one was on board, and the rocket’s capsule escape system managed to save the science payload from destruction. The FAA is investigating the anomaly. Members of Congress from a space subcommittee published a public letter to the FAA “calling for transparency”.
- blue origin is public debut approach of its BE-4 rocket engine, with the US Space Force stating that the company “succeeded in demonstrating the engine’s full performance”.
- Firefly Aerospace joined a cohort of 12 companies selected by NASA to provide launch services for the agency’s Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare missions. The maximum contract value is $300 million over a five-year order period.
- Nasa is ask for proposals for two more private astronaut missions to the International Space Station, with launches likely taking place between 2023 and 2024.
- Sierra Space Habitat LIFE (Large Inflatable Flexible Environment) passed a key stress test related to the internal pressure of the structure.
- de SpaceX Service Starlink will come to businesses and maritime customers through a new agreement with Speedcast, a satellite service provider. Starlink could also arrive on Frontier Airlines, the carrier’s CEO told CNBC.
- SpaceX is attractive the FCC’s decision to exclude Starlink from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would have awarded the company $885.5 million in support.
- Arrow will launch three satellites to GESsat from next year. GHGSat currently operates six instrument-equipped satellites to measure carbon emissions from industrial sites around the world.
- Techstars LA announcement the next cohort of space startups for its accelerator, which includes seven companies focused on everything from additive manufacturing to space stations and more.
- United Arab Emirates signed a Memorandum of Understanding with China for missions to the Moon, marking the first space agreement between the two countries.
- Vast spacea startup founded by billionaire Jed McCaleb, launched last weekwith the aim of building an artificial gravity space station in low Earth orbit.
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