TOP STORIES: March 2021

30 March 2021

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

Here’s our round-up for March:

8 Crew Members wanted for the mission to the Moon in 2023

dearMoon mission seeks eight crew members for a trip to the moon in 2023. The dearMoon Project is the first civilian mission to the moon, with plans to take place in 2023. The mission will use a rocket being developed by SpaceX for the week-long journey to the moon and back. Read more at SlashGear.

“People are creative and have a great imagination. We all have the ability to dream dreams that have never been dreamt, to sing songs that have never been sung, to paint that which has never been seen before. I hope that this project will inspire the dreamer within each of us.” – dearMoon project. Find out more.

Astroscale Celebrates Successful Launch of ELSA-d

confirmed the successful launch of its End-of-Life Services by Astroscale demonstration (ELSA-d) mission. This marks the start of the world’s first commercial mission to prove the core technologies necessary for space debris docking and removal. Read more at Astroscale.

ELSA-d launch. Credit: Astroscale

ESA awards €10.45 million to two UK launch startups

The European Space Agency awarded UK-based launch startups Orbex and Skyrora a combined €10.45 million ($12.35 million) to support development of competing microlaunchers. The two support contracts announced March 24 were awarded under Boost!, an ESA program that aims to foster new commercial space transportation services. The agency adopted Boost! during Space19+, an ESA ministerial-level council meeting held in November 2019, and announced an open call for proposals last April.

Read more at SpaceNews.

ESA has awarded €10.45 million in co-funding to UK-based launch providers Orbex and Skyrora through the agency’s Boost! program. Image credit: Orbex/Skyrora

Suez Canal traffic finally moving again after stranded Ever Given ship refloated

Helped by a high tide, a flotilla of tug boats has managed to wrench the ship’s bow from the canal’s sandy bank. Read more at SkyNews.

Planet and Maxar Technologies, among other space companies, managed to capture the ongoing efforts to dislodge the ship from the Suez Canal.

Planet Dove satellite imagery captured on 29 March 2021 shows progress coming from the Suez Canal as the Ever Given begins to shift away from the shoreline. Credit: Planet
March 29, 2021 satellite imagery from WV2 was collected at 11:49AM local time followed by a GeoEye-1 collection at 11:52AM. The container ship has been moved away from the eastern bank of the canal, with numerous tugboats actively trying to reposition the ship. Credit: MAXAR Technologies

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