TOP STORIES: August 2020

8 September 2020

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

Here’s our round-up for August:

Made In Space Europe Exec Says Robotic Arm Mission With Momentus Will Expedite Tech

Made In Space Europe is partnering with Momentus to develop a robotic spaceflight mission planned for 2022. The companies announced Tuesday that the mission will pair the technologies of Momentus’ Vigoride in-space transportation vehicle and Made In Space Europe’s robotic arms. Read more from Satellite Today.

Artistic concept art depicting a Made In Space Europe robotic arm fixed to a Momentus Vigoride spacecraft. Photo: Made In Space Europe

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New cash for German satellite startup

Daniel Bock, CEO of Morpheus Space, talks about how he attracted international VCs such as Airbus Ventures, In-Q-Tel, Vsquared Ventures, LavrockVC, Techstars & Pallas Ventures. Meet him personally at the Bits and Pretzels Networking Week 2020. Read more by Bits and Pretzels.


As a founder or investor, it’s important to always keep learning from the latest trends to best practices, startup world and the people succeeding in it. Our friends over at Arctic15 have launched a new podcast. You can listen to it here. Hear about performance trends on European venture capital by keynote Juho Aminoff, Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund.

Japanese lunar lander company ispace raises $28 million

Tokyo-based ispace announced Aug. 20 it raised the Series B round from a number of investors, led by Incubate Fund, a Japanese venture capital fund that has supported the company since its seed round. Another investor is Space Frontier Fund, a new space-focused venture fund established in May by several Japanese companies, including Toyota. Read more at SpaceNews.

The updated design of ispace’s Hakuto-R lander is smaller and carries less propellant, but with the same amount of payload. Credit: ispace

The FCC has approved Amazon’s plan for its Kuiper satellite constellation. Here’s what that means…

Amazon has official approval to deploy a new satellite constellation for broadband service. Read more at

Cover: Amazon plans to launch 3,236 satellites for its new Kuiper constellation to provide broadband internet access across the globe. (Image: © Shutterstock)


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