Investing in Startups That are Out of This World

Investing in Startups That are Out of This World

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by Sunil Nagaraj, vice president of Bessemer Venture Partners Since the launch of Sputnik in 1957, Space has been the exclusive province of national governments and massive contractors. Because each new mission involved exploration and setting global firsts, space was too expensive and too risky for smaller entrants. Instead, the industry’s first 50 years were…

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NewSpace News: June 2016

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Vector Space Systems test fires their new second stage engine ● Accion raises $7.5M in Series A ● Luxembourg invests in space resources ● SES takes controlling share in O3B ● SpaceX recovered two more boosters intact. Read more here

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Partnerships Will Get Humans to Mars

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In April, SpaceX announced its agreement with NASA for a mission to Mars. This was the perfect piece of news to precede one of the most notable topics at this year’s Humans to Mars Summit: public-private partnerships. As highlighted at the Humans to Mars Summit by Richard French, staff technologist at the NASA Space Technology…

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NewSpace News: May 2016

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SFF on the cover of Space News ● SpaceX successfully lands an orbital booster on a drone ship ● Blue Origin successfully launches and lands the same booster ● Vector Space Systems is formed and raises $1M in angel investment ● Hawking and Milner announce Breakthrough Starshot initiative. Read more here

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5 Space Companies Earth Needs

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Protecting Earth is not a job for just one day. From space, companies are uncovering new, unique opportunities to sustain Earth. Planet Labs In the next year, Planet Labs will have the largest constellation of satellites in space gathering data from Earth 24/7. This space startup leverages their imagery data to monitor agriculture programs that…

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Explore Space, Sustain Earth

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Explore Space, Sustain Earth Earth Day 2016 comes on the heels of exciting achievements in the commercial space industry in the form of reusable technology. Today, we must look up in order to protect what is beneath our feet. The goal of exploring space is not to leave our fragile planet behind, but rather to…

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The Billionaire Space Debate

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Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Yuri Milner – are they extremely wealthy? Yes, but space is not a hobby for these billionaires. Using lessons they learned from e-commerce, technology and aerospace, they are driving extreme growth in the space industry. These individuals can clearly see the enormous potential space offers – just as they saw the…

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NewSpace News: April 2016

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Astroscale wins $30M grant ● Skyfi joins global internet race ● XPRIZE Foundation begins planning new prize to follow Google Lunar XPRIZE ● The FCC publicly calls out satellite manufacturers for not sharing communication bands ● Made In Space delivers second 3D printer to the ISS. Read more here

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April 25: Entrepreneurial Space Business Training

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What Entrepreneurial Space Business Training, approved for two AIAA Continuing Education Credits , is a comprehensive, nine-week course that addresses the key aspects of design, systems engineering, space applications, business and finance fundamentals in the space industry. This will include discussion of the “Commercial Leverage Model” which provides a good conceptual model and practical framework…

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