Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for July:

DLR TO FLY EXPERIMENTS ON BLUE ORIGIN’S NEW SHEPARD

The German Aerospace Center, Germany’s space agency, will fly two experiments on a suborbital flight by Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle later this year as part of an effort to diversify its microgravity research efforts. Read the article here.

The German space agency DLR plans to fly two physical sciences experiments on Blue Origin’s New Shepard vehicle when it resumes test flights later this year. Credit: Blue Origin

NASA SEEKS INFORMATION ON DEVELOPING DEEP SPACE GATEWAY

NASA is taking the next small step in the development of a proposed Deep Space Gateway in cislunar space by requesting information about one of its core modules. Read about it here.

An illustration of NASA’s proposed Deep Space Gateway in orbit around the moon. A NASA request for information seeks ideas from industry on how to develop the gateway’s power and propulsion module. Credit: NASA

LUXEMBOURG BUSINESS ANGEL NETWORK ESTABLISHES ITS OWN SPACE ANGEL GROUP

LBAN’s Space Angel group will be organised as a subgroup of LBAN. Its main objectives will to be to bring together interested individual investors into the space industry and stimulate & support Luxembourg´s position as a space nation. To join the group, being a LBAN member will not be a pre-requisite. Read more here.

Credit: LBAN

THE TINY SATELLITES USHERING IN THE NEW SPACE REVOLUTION

Planet Labs and other companies are sending hundreds of low-cost satellites into orbit. We’re only beginning to understand how that will change life on Earth. Read more at Bloomberg.

 

PLANET WINS SECOND NGA SATELLITE IMAGERY CONTRACT

Planet has won a second contract to provide satellite imagery to the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), beating out contenders UrtheCast, Orbital Insight and Sky Hawk Drone Services. Read more at SpaceNews.

NGA said Planet was the only company that could supply imagery on a global basis at the frequency desired for the contract. Credit: Planet photo of Nador, Morocco.

SIERRA NEVADA CORPORATION TO LAUNCH DREAM CHASERS ON ATLAS 5 ROCKETS

The company said Wednesday it signed a contract with United Launch Alliance for two Atlas 5 launches, in 2020 and 2021, of Dream Chaser spacecraft flying cargo missions to the ISS – via SpaceNews.

Original press release at United Launch Alliance.

Featured image: A Sierra Nevada Corp. Dream Chaser cargo spacecraft inside the payload fairing of a ULA Atlas 5 rocket. Credit: Sierra Nevada Corp.