Updates From Blue Origin, Space Angels, Exos Aerospace & More

New Shepard booster fires its engine just over the landing pad. (Credit: Blue Origin)

The Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference was held in Colorado earlier this week. I wasn’t able to attend this year, but the following folks tweeted the sessions:

Jeff Foust‏ @jeff_foust
Rand Simberg‏ @Rand_Simberg
Colorado Space News‏ @CO_Space_News
Laura Seward Forczyk @LauraForczyk

Below are summaries of a number of talks based on their tweets.  The talks included Erika Wagner of Blue Origin, Dylan Taylor of Space Angels, John Quinn of Exos Aerospace, Tim Lachenmeier of Near Space Corporation, Lewis Groswald of the University of Colorado Boulder, and Alain Berinstain of Moon Express.


NanoRacks Closes Bridge Round Funding

HOUSTON, Oct. 3, 2017 (NanoRacks PR) – NanoRacks is excited to announce that the Company has successfully closed a Bridge Round, lead by Space Angels, the leading source for capital for early-stage space ventures. Space Angels’ investment in NanoRacks will lead to the acceleration of NanoRacks Commercial Airlock Module manufacturing.

“We are very pleased to have Space Angels on board with NanoRacks, and specifically, the world’s first commercial Airlock in space,” says NanoRacks CEO Jeffrey Manber. “This investment will expedite our production, and it’s wonderful to have Space Angels invested in this landmark program to enable the future of commercial space.”


Jason Hodges Elected to Space Angels Board

Jason Hodges

NEW YORK (Space Angels PR) — Space Angels today announces that Jason Hodges, tech entrepreneur and early-stage space investor, has been elected to the Space Angels board. “Jason’s passion for space, along with his extensive experience in technology development, marketing, and business strategy brings a valuable perspective to the Space Angels board. We’re very excited to have him on board,” said Chad Anderson, Space Angels CEO.

Mr. Hodges is a seasoned technology entrepreneur, having founded multiple startups including ShipStation, an eCommerce software company which was acquired in 2014. His passion for commercial space, as both an enthusiast and investor, makes him a natural fit for the Space Angels organization. In addition to being one of most active early-stage investors in the space sector, Jason is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut and World View Voyager.

Jason added, “I believe that now is the perfect time to participate in the rapidly growing commercial space industry, and Space Angels is the clear leader in providing access to early stage ventures. I have tremendous respect for the Space Angels team, and I’m honored to be joining their board.”

About Space Angels

Space Angels is a global network of angel investors focused exclusively on early-stage commercial space ventures. Led by CEO Chad Anderson, Space Angels’ unique and powerful web platform makes it easy for accredited investor members to discover, select, and invest in the best space startups on (or off) the planet.


Space Angels Network Announces Founding Members


Space Angels Network, LLC, a national network of seed- and early-stage investors focused on aerospace-related ventures, announced today its initial group of “Founding Members”—individual accredited investors with significant experience in aerospace ventures.

Founding Members include:

“Since our Founding Members form the core of our organization by actively helping with strategic advice, deal flow, and membership recruitment, we sought individuals with extensive experience in both angel investing and also aerospace ventures,” said Guillermo Söhnlein, founder and managing director of Space Angels Network. “They play a critical leadership role in screening deals, conducting due diligence, and negotiating terms. We value their time and commitment, and we look forward to working with them as we grow our community of aerospace-focused accredited investors.”