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Biz Briefs – Stoke Space Announces $100 Million Investment; Northrop Grumman Dumps Private Space Station Plan
Biz Briefs – Stoke Space Announces $100 Million Investment; Northrop Grumman Dumps Private Space Station Plan

Welcome to Biz Briefs! In this edition, Stoke Space announced a $100 million investment, Northrop Grumman ditched plans to develop a private space station, Booz Allen Hamilton and Astroscale won big contracts, China selected companies for commercial cargo, spaceflight operators got a regulatory reprieve, Axiom Space teamed with Prada to develop lunar suits, and much more.

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  • October 5, 2023
Voyager’s Space Micro Software Defined Radio Supports Success of Missile Defense Agency’s CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment

SAN DIEGO (Voyager Space PR) — Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, today announced the successful performance of its Software Defined Radios (SDRs) on Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA) CubeSat Networked Communications Experiment (CNCE) Block 1. Initially launched in June 2021 and completed in March 2022, CNCE Block 1, which is part of MDA’s Nanosat Testbed Initiative (NTI), used small, low-cost satellites to demonstrate networked radio communications between nanosatellites while in orbit.

MDA deployed two CubeSats developed by Space Micro with integrated radio frequency (RF) payloads based on its μSDR-C family of small form factor software defined radios. MDA tested Space Micro’s SDRs at various distances, formations, and orientations, all of which successfully communicated with each other and ground nodes. This demonstration helps support the development of U.S. missile defense technology and architecture.

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  • August 23, 2022
Nanoracks and GITAI Partner for Second In-Space Demonstration of Robotic System on the ISS

DENVER (Voyager Space Holdings PR) — Nanoracks, powered by Voyager Space, today announced its second Bishop Airlock mission with GITAI, a Japanese space robotics startup. The project, marking the two companies’ second collaboration, will involve demonstrating “S2,” GITAI’s 1.5 meter-class dexterous robotic system, on the Bishop Airlock – the first permanent, commercial platform added to the International Space Station.

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  • July 12, 2022
Voyager’s Space Micro Completes Delivery of Seven Flight Level Single Board Computers to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for SunRISE

SAN DIEGO (Voyager Space PR) — Space Micro Inc., powered by Voyager Space, recently delivered a total of seven (7) flight-level Single Board Computers (SBCs) to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) of Pasadena, CA for the Sun Radio Interferometer Space Experiment (SunRISE). 

Slated for a 2024-2025 launch, SunRISE will collect data obtained by a small-sat array to help scientists better understand how the Sun generates and releases solar particle storms into space and how these storms influence the interplanetary environment. Space Micro’s SBCs contribute to the mission by performing on-board data processing.

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  • May 17, 2022
Dylan Taylor Receives 2022 Catalyst Award
Upper left to right: Lane Bess, Cameron Bess, Evan Dick; Lower left to right: Dylan Taylor, Laura Shepard Churchley, Michael Strahan. (Credit: Blue Origin)

Leading space investor and entrepreneur recognized for positive impact on commercialization of space travel

LOS ANGELES (Voyager Space PR) — Voyager Space, a global leader in space exploration, today announced its CEO and Chairman, Dylan Taylor, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Space Tourism Award for Catalyst, which recognizes a company or individual who has a comprehensive understanding of the market opportunity and societal need for space tourism and also invests time, money, and intellectual capital to support emerging ventures and increase their chances of success.

The award was presented during the 2022 Space Tourism Conference (STC) on April 28. Past winners of the award include Buzz Aldrin, Richard Branson, Paul Allen, The Ansari Family, and Peter Diamandis. 

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  • April 29, 2022
Xplore Secures $16.2M in Venture Funding and Customer Contracts
Xcraft (Credit: Xplore)

REDMOND, Wash., February 24, 2022 (Xplore PR) — Xplore Inc. announced it has received $16.2 million in funding to date. The company has aligned itself with exceptional strategic and veteran space sector investors, including: Alumni Ventures, Brightstone Venture Capital, KittyHawk Ventures, Private Shares Fund, Starbridge Venture Capital, Helios Capital, Lombard Street and Gaingels. Notable investors also include Tremendous View, Kingfisher Capital and Dylan Taylor – commercial astronaut and CEO of Voyager Space.

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  • February 24, 2022
Space Micro Lands Space Development Agency Contract for Optical Communications

SAN DIEGO, February 23, 2022 (Voyager Space PR) — Voyager Space Inc. (Voyager), a space technology company with nearly 20 years of spaceflight heritage, and Space Micro, Inc., powered by Voyager and a provider of digital, electro-optic and communications systems for satellites, deep space exploration and other space equipment, today announced an award from the Space Development Agency (SDA) for a 24-month development contract for advanced one-to-many optical communications using Managed Optical Communication Array (MOCA) technology to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations. Space Micro partnered with BridgeComm Inc., a global leader in optical wireless communications solutions and services.

“We are thrilled that SDA has selected Space Micro, along with our outstanding partners at BridgeComm,” said David Strobel, Executive Chair of Space Micro. “We are looking forward to further testing our technology to enhance the overall architecture in LEO.”

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  • February 24, 2022
A Closer Look at Nanoracks’ Starlab Commercial Space Station
Starlab, a commercial low-Earth orbit space station is being planned for use by 2027. (Credit: Nanoracks)

NASA has released the selection statement that lays out the space agency’s reasoning for awarding Nanoracks, Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman a total of $415.6 million to develop plans for private space stations under the Commercial LEO Destinations (CLD) program. The facilities are designed to maintain a permanent U.S. presence in Earth orbit when the International Space Station (ISS) is retired in 2030.

In this story, we’ll look at the Nanoracks’ Starlab station. The project summary is drawn from publicly available information. Excerpts from the selection statement follow. Long paragraphs in the latter have been broken up to improve readability. Acronyms have been spelled out for the sake of clarity.

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  • February 1, 2022
Space Micro Receives USAF Contract To Develop Air-To-Space Lasercom

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Space Micro PR) — Space Micro, powered by Voyager Space, has been selected by the United States Air Force (USAF) AFWERX program for an award to develop an air-to-space laser communications system.

Under this contract, Space Micro, a leader in space-based laser communications, addresses some of the most challenging air-to-space laser communications problems, which are primarily caused by the regular instability of Earth’s atmosphere. Space Micro’s laser communications products have been developed for commercial and government customers and are now evolving into a key solution for highly directional, long-distance, high-bandwidth telecommunications for air-to-space connective applications.

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  • January 26, 2022