Each month we will round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.
Here’s our round-up for June:
Space And Tech Converge As Seattle Hosts Major Space Conference
The NewSpace conference has been held in Silicon Valley for about a decade, but starting this year it will alternate between the Bay Area and Seattle. That’s in recognition of the growing cluster of companies in Seattle working on space technologies. Hannah Kerner, executive director of conference organiser, Space Frontier Foundation, says the presence of Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon has helped nourish space entrepreneurship.
First Private Moon Landing Slated for 2017
SpaceIL, an Israeli space tech start-up will attempt to ride a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the Moon next year. If it succeeds in landing a rover on the Moon, travelling at least 500 meteres across the surface, and beaming back high-definition video to prove its accomplishment, SpaceIL will win Alphabet’s Google Lunar XPRIZE competition — along with the $20 million prize that comes with a first-place finish. Read more here.
Sierra Nevada Corp. is working with U.N. on global space program for Dream Chaser
Sierra Nevada Corp. says it’s working with the U.N. Office for Outer Space Affairs on an arrangement that would give countries around the world the opportunity to fly payloads into orbit and back on the company’s Dream Chaser space plane. Read more here.
Russia’s Plan To Spin Off a New Space Station From the ISS
Russia’s main contractor in human space flight just detailed its plans to separate the newest modules from the International Space Station (ISS) once the long-lived project comes to an end in the 2020s. It plans to build a new habitable base in Earth orbit called the Russian Orbital Station, or ROS. The outpost will include three modules initially, possibly joined by two more in the future. Read more here.
Meet The Entrepreneurs Building The World’s Startups
Over 700 entrepreneurs from 170 countries and territories were invited to the U.S. State Department’s annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, held this year at Stanford University from June 22-24. The summits work to increase the level of entrepreneurial initiatives overseas, as a way of promoting democracy, increasing prosperity, solving tough problems, and countering violent extremism. Read more here.
Is Silicon Valley Expanding?
Why won’t there be a SpaceX in India, unless…
Many of us dream of becoming astronauts who reach out for the stars when we are young despite India not having a human space programme. As we grow up, we start to live up to the expectations of our society and make our ends meet by not chasing such wild dreams rather shaping our talent to contribute to the upcoming opportunities by taking jobs in the government or the private sector or by being academics.
Read more here.
Blue Origin flies reusable suborbital rocket for fourth time
Blue Origin’s suborbital space transport system made another test flight Sunday, launching and landing at the company’s West Texas test facility to prove out the crew capsule’s resiliency to a parachute failure.
The test flight also marked a change in public relations for the once-secretive company. It was the first time Blue Origin has webcast once of its launches live. Read more about it here and watch the webcast below.