2 April 2020

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

Here’s our round-up for March:


ESA is calling on ambitious start-ups to join the new ESA Start-up Competition. This opportunity is open to entrepreneurs in all ESA Member States that are developing innovative services and/or products using space technology. The winners will be offered tailor-made ESA technical and business support in the development of their start-ups, within a mentoring programme. Apply here.

ESA start-up competition timeline

The most innovative space companies of 2020

The Fast Company shared its top 10 “most innovative space companies of 2020”. Read here.

The most innovative space companies of 2020. Credit: Fast Company.

Lockheed Martin app offers a glimpse into the planning of a satellite constellation

Lockheed Martin developed an iPhone and iPad application to help customers, engineers, architects, students and academia understand elements associated with communications satellite architectures. The goal of the app is to provide a first order assessment of possible constellation architectures by adjusting fundamental factors like orbit altitude, satellite life and duration of full service.

Enroll now.

OneWeb files for bankruptcy

“It is with a very heavy heart that we have been forced to reduce our workforce and enter the Chapter 11 process while the Company’s remaining employees are focused on responsibly managing our nascent constellation and working with the Court and investors,” OneWeb CEO Adrien Steckel said in a news release issued late Friday night.

Read more at SpaceNews.

Softbank, having already invested $2 billion in OneWeb, declined to invest more. Credit: OneWeb

Edinburgh: Space Data Capital

Dr Murray Collins and journalist Kim McAllister reveal why Edinburgh is on course to become the space data capital of Europe, in association with Picture Zero From satellite data to space robots and even landing on comets – they interview experts from across Scotland.

Read more at Anchor FM.

NASA selects first science payloads for lunar Gateway

NASA announced it will fly two heliophysics and space weather experiments on the lunar gateway to collect data to help future human missions to the Moon and beyond.

Read more at SpaceNews.

The first science instruments to be flown on the lunar Gateway will study the radiation and space weather environment in cislunar space. Credit: NASA


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