Space industry news: Stell, Seraphim, Varda, ClearSpace, ABL, China, ESA, Slingshot, HawkEye, Space Capital, SpaceX, Carnival.
Max Q is a weekly newsletter that covers the space industry. This week’s issue focuses on a startup tackling the “unsexy” parts-ordering workflows, space tech predictions from Seraphim Space, and news from Varda, ClearSpace and more.
Stell, a startup founded by Malory McLemore and Anne Wen, is building a platform to bring new workflows to parts ordering. The company hopes that its platform can reduce errors and improve efficiency in the aerospace and defense industry.
Seraphim Space CEO Mark Boggett has seven predictions for the space industry in 2021. He believes that multiple players in the space industry are setting their sights on direct-to-mobile connectivity from space, and that companies such as Apple, T-Mobile, Globalstar, SpaceX, AST SpaceMobile, and Lynk Global are targeting this area.
More news from the space industry includes ABL Space Systems providing an update on the investigation into the anomaly that caused the company’s RS1 rocket to crash back into the launch pad on its first test flight, China planning more than 70 launches this year, ClearSpace closing a €26.7 million ($28.9 million) Series A round, and the European Space Agency wanting to enact a “zero-debris policy” for companies launching spacecraft into orbit.
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