28 February 2018

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

Here’s our round-up for February:

Bigelow Aerospace establishes space operations company to look at commercial space station market

Bigelow Aerospace has established a space operations subsidiary whose first task will be to study the market for the company’s commercial space stations as it grapples with competition from China and NASA. Read more in SpaceNews.

Illustration of a commercial space station featuring two B330 modules. Credit: Bigelow Aerospace

The global space race, 2.0

A good read on why India and Japan are exploring stronger partnerships in space. More at the Washington Post.

WorldPost illustration via Washington Post.


Spain’s Indra teams up with balloon operator and launch startup Zero2Infinity

Spanish IT company Indra will assist Barcelona-based Zero 2 Infinity in developing and promoting balloon-enabled systems for reaching the stratosphere and low Earth orbit. Read more at SpaceNews.

Zero 2 Infinity tested a prototype of Bloostar, its balloon-lifted rocket, last March. Credit: Zero 2 Infinity.

How New Start-Up Space Companies Have Influenced the U.S. Supply Chain

Bryce Space and Technology (formerly The Tauri Group) explores how start-up space companies have begun to change the space industry supply chain in the United States. Read here.

You can download their full report here [PDF].

Cover page of Bryce Space and Technology report “New Kids on the Block: How New Start-Up Space Companies Have Influenced the U.S. Supply Chain”. Credit: Bryce

…and finally, SpaceX wows us all with astonishing test flight of Falcon Heavy

Elon Musk does it again!