space technology

Space tech forecast for 2024: Rising investments, lunar exploration, and pivotal SpaceX moments

Huge technological developments have continued, with new sectors developing space solutions to help tackle some of humanity’s greatest problems on Earth.

French startup Exotrail expands US footprint with two new subsidiaries

French in-space transportation company Exotrail is launching two U.S.-based subsidiaries, one focused specifically on serving U.S. government and defense customers, the company said Monday. Tyler Brow

Airmo combines space and climate tech with emissions-monitoring satellites

German startup Airmo is taking aim at climate change, with plans to launch a 12-satellite constellation to monitor greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the planet. To fuel its ambitions, the company

Peak XV Partners backs India’s Digantara to propel space situational awareness

Digantara, an Indian space tech startup that is working on space situational awareness, has raised $10 million in a funding round led by Peak XV Partners (formerly Sequoia Capital India and Southeast

SkyFi lets you order up fresh satellite imagery in real time with a click

Commercial Earth-observation companies collect an unprecedented volume of images and data every single day, but purchasing even a single satellite image can be cumbersome and time-intensive. SkyFi, a

TechCrunch+ roundup: Space tech predictions, startup IP strategy, finding feasible funding

Do you have IP counsel? Does your app have a UX protection strategy? Have you ever conducted an audit?

United Arab Emirates launches $820M fund to boost domestic space economy

The United Arab Emirates will pour more than $800 million into space initiatives through a massive new fund, with the first investment going toward the establishment of a remote sensing satellite cons

Astra hires longtime Apple veteran Benjamin Lyon as chief engineer

New space startup Astra, which is currently focused on commercial rockets, but which plans to eventually build satellites, too, has hired one of Apple’s key engineering leaders to head its own e

The US wants startups to get a piece of the $16 billion spent on space tech

The U.S. government is one of the biggest spenders in the nascent space industry, and the man who handles the money for the Air Force’s $16 billion checkbook wants startups to know that his door

TC Sessions: Space 2020 launches next week

TC Sessions: Space 2020, our first conference dedicated to galactic endeavors, launches in just one week (December 16-17). We can’t wait to host out-of-this-world experts, innovative agencies and th

T-minus 24 hours left to save on tickets to TC Sessions: Space 2020

We’ve initiated the final countdown, and we’re just hours away from the deadline for early-bird savings to TC Sessions: Space 2020 (December 16-17). It’s your last chance to grab the first of m

Student discount passes available for TC Sessions: Space 2020

Whether space is the final frontier remains to be seen, but it’s certainly the next one as far as we’re concerned. On December 16-17, we’re hosting TC Sessions: Space 2020, a two-day online conf

All eyes are on the next liquidity event when it comes to space startups

At the FAA’s 23rd Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington, DC on Wednesday, a panel dedicated to the topic of trends in VC around space startups touched on public versus

Max Q: The New Space new year

Welcome back for the first Max Q of 2020! As should be expected, the holiday and New Year’s weeks didn’t produce all that much news in the space industry — but that changed fast as t

Blue Origin officially opens its new HQ and R&D center

Jeff Bezos-founded space technology company Blue Origin officially cut the ribbon to open its new HQ and R&D facility, located in Kent, Wash. — close by to Amazon’s own headquarters. T

Elon Musk says building the first sustainable city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk went into a bit more detail about the timelines and vehicle requirements to not only reach Mars, but to set up a sustainable base on the Red Planet that can serve as an actual cit

Max Q: International Astronautical Congress 2019 recap edition

Sign up here to receive Max Q weekly in your inbox, starting December 15. Our weekly round-up of what’s going on in space technology is back, and it’s a big one (and a day late) because la

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains how startups can help with Artemis Moon missions

At this week’s International Astronautical Congress, where the space industry, international space agencies and researchers from around the world convene to discuss the state of space technology

NASA’s new Artemis spacesuits make it easier for astronauts of all sizes to move on the Moon

NASA revealed new spacesuits, specifically created for the Artemis generation of missions, which aim to get the first American woman and the next American man to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The n

NASA calls for input on Moon spacesuits and plans to source them commercially in future

NASA issues a new formal request for info from industry specifically around spacesuits. The agency is hoping to gather information in order to help it figure out a future path for acquisition of space
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