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NewSpace Business Competition Announces Finalists

LOS ANGELES (CSCF PR) — Today, the Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced the finalists that will be competing in the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 26 during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles. Six finalists were selected to compete in the Shark Tank-style pitch competition:

  • Beyond Earth – Beyond Earth is a new entrant in the remote sensing arena focused on global water utilization.
  • First Resonance – Modern software solutions for aerospace manufacturing.
  • Space Map – A map and positioning system of the past, present, and future locations of all known bodies in the solar system.
  • Stofiel Aerospace – A small satellite launch system offering scalable, mobile, and on-demand launches of individual payloads between 15 and 250kg, for $20k per kg.
  • Voyager Space Technologies – Artificially intelligent software to dramatically lower the time and cost it takes to design new satellites.
  • Waypoint 2 Space – Space experiences and space training services, for the general public, commercial spaceflight participants (space tourists), and the research community.


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  • May 3, 2018
Bezos Awarded Heinlein Prize
Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

SEATTLE, June 21, 2016 (Heinlein Prize Trust PR) — The Heinlein Prize Trust announced today that it is awarding its prestigious Heinlein Prize to Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, for his vision and leadership in commercial space activities that have led to historic firsts and reusability in the commercial spaceflight industry.

The Heinlein Prize honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein®, a renowned American author. The purpose of the Heinlein Prize is to encourage and reward progress in commercial space activities that advances Robert and his wife Virginia’s dream of humanity’s future in space. In addition to the award, recipients receive a Lady Vivamus sword from Robert Heinlein’s novel, Glory Road.

Under Bezos’ leadership, Blue Origin developed a number of technology firsts that are driving U.S. space competitiveness. The reusable BE-3, a liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen engine, is now being used in Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft. New Shepard is the first rocket ever to fly above the Karman line into space and then land vertically upon the Earth. Furthermore, it has done so multiple times with the same rocket hardware – not even removing the engine between flights. In late 2014, Blue Origin reached a commercial agreement with a private launch company to develop the BE-4 engine which could be used to power the next generation of U.S. launch vehicles.


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  • June 21, 2016
NewSpace Business Plan Competition Announces First Regional Round

sff_logoSILICON VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 3, 2015 (SFF BPC PR) – The Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition (BPC), which awards seed money, announced today that the first two of five total regional, qualifying competitions for the 2015/2016 competition cycle will be held in New York on October 22, 2015 and Los Angeles on December 3, 2015.

The cities will each host a Shark Tank-style event whose winners will advance to the national competition in Seattle. Submissions from the Northeast open September 1, 2015 and November 5, 2015 in the Southwest. Partners of the BPC include the Space Angels Network, OrbitalATK, Heinlein Prize Trust and the Space Finance Group.


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  • September 6, 2015
NewSpace Business Plan Competition Set for Oct. 24 at Stanford University

Silicon Valley, Calif. (SFF PR) —
The Space Frontier Foundation today announced the date and location details of the largest, richest and most exciting NewSpace Business Plan Competition to date.

In years past, this competition has been a part of the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference, however, this year the competition will be a stand-alone event on October 24th, 2013, hosted on the Stanford University campus by the Stanford Student Space Initiative, in conjunction with the Space Frontier Foundation, NASA, ATK and the Heinlein Prize Trust.


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  • September 17, 2013
Elon Musk Wins $250K Heinlein Prize

Elon Musk of SpaceX and Art Dula of The Heinlein Prize Trust


For the man who has everything, including his own rocketship, even more….

HEINLEIN PRIZE TRUST PR — Trustees of the Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust announced today that the second-ever Heinlein Prize will go to Elon Musk, founder, CEO and CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX).

The Heinlein Prize honors the memory of Robert A. Heinlein, a renowned American science fiction author. The purpose of the prize is to encourage and reward individuals for making practical contributions to the commercialization of space. Mr. Musk will be honored at a luncheon and award ceremony on June 29, 2011 at the Hyatt in Washington, DC and will receive $250,000, a gold Heinlein Medallion, the Lady Vivamus Sword (as described in Heinlein’s book Glory Road), and a Laureate’s Diploma.


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  • June 20, 2011
SFF Accepting Submissions for Space Business Competition

Do you have a can’t miss space business idea?
Could you use $5,000 for it?
And can you be in California at the end of July?

If your answers are “Yes,” you’re in luck. Keep reading.

SFF PR — The Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) will host the NewSpace Business Plan Competition (NewSpace BPC) during its NewSpace 2011 Conference and is currently accepting submissions. The goal of the NewSpace BPC is to help entrepreneurs develop problem-solving and game-changing technologies into functioning businesses in support of the commercial space industry. The conference will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley on July 28-30 and registration is available online.


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  • May 14, 2011
Rice Business Plan Competition Awards $125,000 in Space-Related Prizes


The 2010 Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) awarded more than $1 million in cash and prizes at an awards banquet on April 17. The world’s richest and largest business plan competition in the world brought 42 teams from across the globe to pitch their new technology business plans.

NASA Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston awarded $110,000 in prizes, including by the new $50,000 “Game Changer” award. The Heinlein Prize Trust also gave out a $15,000 Space Commercialization Award.


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  • April 29, 2010
Flagsuit Wins Space Frontier Foundation Business Competition


After a weekend of presentations by several new companies in the NewSpace field, the judges of the 2009 NewSpace Business Plan Competition awards the following:

1st Place – Flagsuit, LLC
2nd Place – Syntiant
Honorable Mention – Santa Clara Satellite Solutions

The first place winner, Flagsuit, LLC, received a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of the Heinlein Trust and will have the opportunity to present their vision to entrepreneurs and investors alike at Space Investment Summit 7 on September 30th in Boston and attend an upcoming Space Angels Network event.


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  • August 12, 2009