TOP STORIES: June 2018

29 June 2018

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

Here’s our round-up for June:

Blue Origin plans to start selling suborbital spaceflight tickets next year

Blue Origin expects to start flying people on its New Shepard suborbital vehicle “soon” and start selling tickets for commercial flights next year. Read more here.

Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital vehicle on the pad prior to an April 29 launch. Credit: Blue Origin

The Future Has Arrived: Vacation Aboard the International Space Station in 2020

With the launch of missions aboard the ISS and a Philippe Starck–designed floating hotel, Axiom Space is making your sci-fi dreams a reality. Read more here.

Lead image: Axiom Space Hotel. Courtesy: Axiom Space via Robb Report.

Oxford Space Systems raises $8.9 million for spacecraft component business

Oxford Space Systems, a British startup that hopes to compete with space industry giants Harris Corp. and Northrop Grumman in the satellite component business, has raised 6.7 million British pounds ($8.9 million) from investors. See more at SpaceNews.

An Oxford Space Systems deployable antenna being tested. Credit: Oxford Space Systems

Catapult expands In-Orbit Demonstration Programme working with Open Cosmos to offer new 6U CubeSat mission opportunity

Satellite Applications Catapult (UK) has announced that it has expanded its IOD programme to include a new 6U CubeSat opportunity, in collaboration with Open Cosmos! Read more here.

Multi-purpose nano satellite. Credit: Open Cosmos