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Investment Perspectives: Looking Forward to a Busy 2021
As the tough 2020—with its tragic loss of human life to COVID-19 and economic disruptions during the fight with the virus—comes to a close, we are entering 2021 on a brighter note following recent positive vaccine news.
Highlights from 2020 Startups on the ISS: Innovation and Investment
This investor pitch event drove attendance from marquee venture firms and corporate investors and included an exciting set of presentations across many industry verticals.
Investment Perspectives: Takeaways From ISSRDC 2020 Investor Panel
What stood out for us was the presenters’ commentary on current capital access trends and investment focus areas as well as the value added of public-private partnerships.
Through Bishop, Nanoracks Opens a New (Airtight) Door for Increased Commercial Activity in Space
The first-ever commercial airlock—self-funded, built, and operated by Nanoracks— is expected to increase capabilities for both space-based R&D as well as station operations.
Investment Perspectives: Investing in Space in 2020
Despite the “new normal” of the pandemic and its effects on our daily lives, the year has brought some very solid successes in the space industry.
Investment Perspectives: Redwire Acquires Made In Space
Yesterday, Redwire announced the acquisition of Made In Space, Inc., the leading developer of in-space manufacturing technologies.
Made In Space Receives NASA Award to Advance Space-Based Manufacturing
Last week, Made In Space received an award from NASA supporting two new proposals focused on space-based manufacturing.
NASA Award Supports Continued Brain Organoid Research on Upcoming ISS Stem Cell Lab
Researchers at the UCSD, together with Space Tango, received an award of nearly $5 million from NASA to develop a new dedicated stem cell research laboratory on the ISS.
LambdaVision Receives $5 Million Award From NASA for Additional ISS Research
NASA’s award will support a series of flight projects to the ISS for LambdaVision, together with Space Tango, to continue to examine the production of the retinal implant in microgravity.
ISS National Lab Projects Attract Additional Funding and Support
Orbitfab and Orbital Sidekick—both who have conducted research onboard the ISS National Lab—have received additional funding for future endeavours.
Investment Perspectives: Charts and Thoughts from SmallSat Symposium 2020
The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory had an opportunity to attend the fifth annual SmallSat Symposium, held in Silicon Valley last week.
On the Hunt: Studying Insect-Killing Worms in Space
Last week, a type of microscopic worm that kills crop-eating insects rocketed to the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory for an agricultural biocontrol experiment in space.
Published Results From Crystallization Experiments on the ISS Could Help Merck Improve Cancer Drug Delivery
Today, a team of investigators from Merck Research Laboratories published results in the journal Nature Microgravity from their crystallization research.
Axonis and Encapsulate Awarded 2019 Technology in Space Prize from Boeing and the ISS National Lab
Last night, the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory and Boeing announced the 2019 awardees of their annual “Technology in Space Prize” competition.
Space-Based Research Never Crossed My Mind—Until It Did
Exposure to space-based research through the MassChallenge accelerator program is how we took our research to a whole new level that we hadn’t even thought about: space.
Making Innovative Ideas Reality
Entrepreneurs have a different way of looking at things. With an “anything is possible” mentality and the belief that there is limitless potential, entrepreneurs can take what might seem like a crazy idea and turn it into a reality.
Pioneering the Wild West of Spaceflight Research
Doing spaceflight research is a lot like being a pioneer in the wild West: it’s exciting, it’s adventurous, and it’s challenging. In space, you’re dealing with a totally new environment, novel equipment, and even different biology.
Accelerating Startups in Space
Since 2014, the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory has partnered with The Boeing Company to sponsor the MassChallenge “Technology in Space Prize” to support entrepreneurial use of the ISS for innovative R&D.
Investment Perspectives: On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Markets Continue to Evolve
CONFERS (the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations) hosted its 2019 Global Satellite Servicing Forum last week with the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory in attendance.
3D Printer for Human Tissue Now Available for Research Onboard the ISS National Laboratory
Two high-tech companies have teamed up to develop the first 3D printer dedicated to manufacturing human tissue in the microgravity conditions of space.
Space Investment 2019: Connecting Startups and Investors in Atlanta
The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory held its annual space-focused startup and investor networking event, Space Investment 2019, at the ISSRDC.
RFP 2019-3: Industrial Biomedicine Research and Development Onboard the ISS National Laboratory
The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit project concepts that propose use of the ISS National Laboratory for investigations in the field of industrial biomedicine.
RFP 2019-2: Advanced Materials Research and Development Onboard the ISS National Laboratory
The purpose of this Request for Proposals is to solicit project concepts that propose use of the ISS National Laboratory for investigations in advanced materials science and engineering.
Multiple Sessions at ISSRDC to Focus on Space Station’s Role in the Evolving Low Earth Orbit Economy
These sessions will highlight analyses and forecasts behind the excitement and optimism for continued growth of a sustainable economy in low Earth orbit.
The First American Space-based Bioprinter Is Launching Soon
The 3D BioFabrication Facility (BFF) will enable cutting-edge biotechnology research is space.
Rise of Private-Sector Research Onboard the ISS National Lab on Display with SpaceX CRS-18 Mission
SpaceX’s 18th commercial resupply services mission to the ISS will include 17 private-sector research projects sponsored by the U.S. National Laboratory.
Sierra Nevada’s Eren Ozmen to Keynote at ISS R&D Conference
Sierra Nevada Corporation Chairwoman, Owner, and President Eren Ozmen will be a keynote speaker at the 8th annual ISSRDC.
Examining Nanoparticle Formation in Microgravity for Improved Therapeutic Cancer Vaccines
Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca is going to space to try to address one of the biggest health challenges on Earth: Cancer.
Spurring Innovation Through Diverse Partnerships: A Report From the 2019 Front End of Innovation Conference
Although the FEI Conference focuses on technological innovation, it also pushes you to consider the human over technology.
Discussing Small Satellites Doing Big Science at the SATELLITE 2019 Conference
The demand for small satellites has grown significantly over the last several years due to miniaturization technologies and the availability of deployment from the ISS.
Investment Perspectives: Tailwinds from the 35th Space Symposium
Industry data points from the Space Symposium were encouraging for the NewSpace sector, and we now look forward to further announcements and progress on SDA’s promising plans.
ZBLAN Optical Fiber: A Bright Future for Space-Based Manufacturing
ZBLAN optical fibers produced onboard the ISS National Lab could lead to improvements in optical communications and other scientific and commercial uses on Earth.
International Space Station Benefits for Humanity Publication Released Today
The third edition of NASA’s “International Space Station Benefits for Humanity” publication was released, summarizing benefits to life on Earth that have resulted from ISS activities.
Crystallizing Proteins in Space to Help Parkinson's Patients on Earth
Space-based studies could help researchers better understand the structure of LRRK2, which could help advance drug development for Parkinson’s.
Investment Perspectives: Smallsats Focus on Business Execution
Last week’s SmallSat Symposium provided the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab with an opportunity for discussions with a cross section of participants.
Transcending Boundaries: Taking Materials Research and Development to Space
On the ISS National Lab, scientists are leveraging microgravity to produce valuable materials such as optical fibers—and soon even human tissues and organs—in orbit.
Launching Small Satellites with SlingShot
SlingShot, developed by SEOPS, LLC, will enable the deployment of small satellites from Cygnus after it completes its primary mission and departs the ISS.
Investment Perspectives: Snapshots from the ISS National Lab FY18 Annual Report
The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory has published its fiscal year 2018 results. FY18 was a record-breaking year for portfolio expansion and private-sector utilization of the ISS National Lab.
Leveraging the ISS for Valuable Commercial Technology and Materials Research
A growing number of commercial entities—from small startups to Fortune 500 companies—are leveraging the unique environment of the ISS for innovative technology and materials R&D not possible on the ground.
Setting Sights on Vision
LambdaVision is aiming to use the microgravity environment on the International Space Station (ISS) to improve the manufacturing process for their retinal implant.
Looking at Muscle Loss With a Lab-on-a-Chip
This past weekend, crew members onboard the International Space Station worked on an investigation by Micro-gRx to validate the company’s “lab-on-a-chip” cell culturing system.
Investment Perspectives: Conferring on On-Orbit Satellite Servicing
CONFERS (the Consortium for Execution of Rendezvous and Servicing Operations) hosted its 2018 Global Satellite Servicing Forum in Washington, D.C. last week.