Max Q: Propulsion! • CableFree TV

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Peter Kavinsky

Hello and welcome back to Max Q. In this edition:

  • Morpheus Space big raise
  • Starlink is coming to… Antarctica!
  • News from Firefly Aerospace, Spire and more

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Morpheus Cosmoswhich manufactures modular electric propulsion systems for small satellites. raised $28 million Series A. The company intends to use the funds to build a manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany, where it is based, and to increase its workforce. This will allow the company to increase production of its Nano Field Effect Electric Propulsion (NanoFEEP) engine, which it says is the “smallest and most efficient electric propulsion system in space” in the world.

It is a modular system, so multiple NanoFEEP thrusters can be used in combination to create more powerful propulsion systems for larger spacecraft. Since the company launched the product, it has had clients including Rocket Factory Augsburg and Spire Global.

“The industry has experienced significant growth over the past few years, unlike anything we have seen before, and this has provided Morpheus with many opportunities for success and growth,” Morpheus Space CEO and Co-Founder. Daniel Bock, the statement said. “However, with our competitors, we have also seen how this creates numerous problems and misses opportunities for those who cannot keep up with the times. Both the benefits and challenges of the space industry right now can be attributed to scalability.”

“To be successful, we need to rely on each other and help solve the problems of our partners to sustain growth. With this round of funding, we will be able to produce high-quality equipment on a much larger scale that the industry needs, and we look forward to how this will open doors for us and others in the future,” added co-founder and president Istvan. Lorints.

Four MultiFEEP engines from Morpheus Space. Image credits: Morpheus Cosmos

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service is now potentially available on all seven continents, with recent news that it is finally here at McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast. The National Science Foundation tweeted: “NSF-supported USAP scientists in Antarctica are on cloud nine! Starlink is testing a polar service with a newly deployed user terminal at McMurdo Station, increasing capacity and connectivity for scientific support.NSF funds US Antarctic Program at McMurdo and elsewhere.

Image credits: NSF

More news from TC…

…and not only

  • ABL space systems said it completes its run window with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), suggesting that we are very close to the first attempt to launch the RS1 rocket.
  • AST SpaceMobile confirmed successful launch the BlueWalker 3 satellite into orbit. The company will use the satellite to test direct-to-cellular communications across all human continents.
  • blue origin 23rd New Shepard launch was aborted mid-flight due to engine problems. There were no people on board, and the rocket capsule rescue system successfully saved the scientific payload from destruction. The FAA is investigating the anomaly. Members of the Congressional Space Subcommittee issued a public letter The FAA “calls for transparency.”
  • Blue Origin is approaching public debut of its BE-4 rocket engine, and the US Space Force said the company “successfully demonstrated full engine performance.”
  • Firefly Aerospace joined a cohort of 12 companies chosen by NASA provide launch services as part of the agency’s missions of acquiring dedicated and joint venture class travel. The maximum contract value is US$300 million over five years.
  • NASA is request for proposals for two more private astronaut missions to the International Space Station, likely to launch between 2023 and 2024.
  • Sierra Space LIFE (large inflatable flexible environment) habitat successfully passed the key stress test related to the internal pressure of the structure.
  • SpaceX Service Starlink will come to corporate and maritime customers through a new agreement with Speedcast, a satellite service provider. Starlink could also be coming to Frontier Airlines. The carrier’s CEO told CNBC.
  • SpaceX is attractive the FCC’s decision to remove Starlink from the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, which would have provided the company with $885.5 million in support.
  • Spire will launch three satellites GHGSat starting next year. GHGSat currently operates six satellites equipped with instruments to measure carbon emissions from industrial sites around the world.
  • Techstars Los Angeles announced the next cohort of space startups for its accelerator, which includes seven companies doing everything from additive manufacturing to space stations and more.
  • UAE signed Memorandum of understanding with China for flights to the moon, which was the first agreement between the two countries regarding space.
  • Huge spacestartup founded by billionaire Jed McCaleb, launched last weekto create an artificial gravity space station in low Earth orbit.

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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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