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Iceye establishes U.S. office, considers U.S. manufacturing


13 February 2020 -  Iceye, the Finnish radar satellite operator, opened a U.S. office in the San Francisco Bay Area led by Mark Matossian, who managed a series of aerospace programs at Google including the Earth-imaging venture Terra Bella. Read about it here!

A Small Rocket Maker Is Running a Different Kind of Space Race


3 February 2020 - A unique inside look at Astra, building launch vehicles right here in the Bay. Read about it here!

Epic Aerospace Is Building A Satellite Transportation Network


7 January 2020 - Epic Aerospace is building reusable space tugs to meet the needs of small satellite operators. Read about it here!

Capella wins Air Force small business contract


21 November 2019 -  Capella Space won a U.S. Air Force contract to adapt its commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for military applications. Read about it here!

Loft Orbital raises $13 million as it prepares to bulk buy satellite buses


14 November 2019 -  Loft Orbital has raised a fresh $13 million to continue development of a constellation of small satellites purpose-built to carry a mix of payloads for customers who don’t want to fly their own satellites. Read about it here!

EOS to create its own radar microsatellite constellation "EOS SAR"


 8 October 2019 - US-based EOS Data Analytics Inc. (EOS), a space portfolio company of Noosphere Ventures, today unveiled EOS SAR – a project to develop its own synthetic aperture radar (SAR) sensors intended for deployment in a constellation of microsatellites. Read about it here!

Eutelsat taps Loft Orbital, AAC Clyde to lay cornerstone for ELO constellation


25 September 2019 -  Eutelsat on Sept. 24 said it ordered two cubesats from AAC Clyde Space and hired Loft Orbital to build and fly data-transfer payloads on a pair of shared smallsats to test the market for a 25-satellite Eutelsat LEO for Objects constellation. Read about it here!

Jim Cantrell has left Vector, and the company may be in financial trouble


9 August 2019 - Vector, a micro-launch company founded in 2016 to build small rockets for payloads of up to 60kg, may be in financial trouble, multiple industry sources told Ars on Friday.  Read about it here!

PG&E launches satellite wildfire alert system


7 August 2019 - After several years of testing and development, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed the PG&E Satellite Fire Detection and Alerting System. Read about it here!

Capella Space, Addvalue, Inmarsat Partner for Real-Time Tasking



5 August 2019 - Capella Space...entered into an agreement with Addvalue for use of its Inter-Satellite Data Relay System (IDRS) via Inmarsat‘s global L-Band satellite communications network. Read about it here!

Momentus raises $25.5 million for in-space shuttle


17 July 2019 - Momentus, a Silicon Valley in-space transportation startup, raised $25.5 million in its Series A funding round announced July 17. Read about it here!

Akash Systems Raises $14.5 Million Series A


 10 July 2019 - Akash Systems, Inc., a San Francisco-based startup focused on resolving the explosive growth of data collected from space by enabling faster, cheaper and ubiquitous satellite communications, has announced $14.5 million in Series A funding. Read about it here! 

Why the secrecy? Stealth space startups spending years in the shadows


10 June 2019 - Space industry startups used to clamor for public attention. Now, many spend years in stealth mode refusing to disclose even the broad outlines of their plans. Read about it here!

Capella Space gets ready for primetime as constellation operator


3 June 2019 - Capella Space is expanding its staff and placing bulk orders as it begins making the transition from research and development startup to satellite constellation operator. Read about it here!

Loft Orbital fills first condosat, preps for quarterly launches


 2 May 2019 - Loft Orbital, a company preparing a constellation to carry payloads for customers who don’t want to operate their own satellites, has filled up its first satellite and booked a January 2020 launch through Spaceflight Industries. Read about it here!

Momentus seeks up to $25 million as it inks deals to transport cargo beyond low Earth orbit


24 April 2019 - Just nine months after launching from Y Combinator with a new propulsion technology, Momentus has inked its first customers for its transportation technology that can take cargo beyond geostationary orbit — and ultimately to a lunar orbit. Read about it here!

Swarm Technologies raises $25M to deploy its own 150-satellite constellation


24 January 2019 -  The company has just raised a $25 million Series A round to put 150 of its tiny SpaceBEEs in orbit. Read about it here!

FCC Grants Akash Systems Approval of Experimental GaN-on-Diamond Satellite Launch


8 January 2019 -  Akash Systems, Inc. announced today it has been granted an Experimental FCC license for a satellite launch featuring its proprietary GaN-on-Diamond transmitter technology. Read about it here!

Third time’s the charm: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches a record 64 satellites for Spaceflight

Falcon 9; SpaceX

3 December 2018 -  SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched Seattle-based Spaceflight’s first-ever dedicated rideshare mission, a satellite extravaganza aimed at placing 64 spacecraft in low Earth orbit, including a whole host of bay area payloads. Read about it here!

Bessemer Venture Launches BVP X

Bessemer Venture Partners, space, bay, entrepreneurship, venture capital, VC

25 October 2018 - Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP) is announcing a new, $1.85 billion fund: BVP X. Read about it here!

Morgan Stanley joins venture firms betting on Vector

Vector Space investment from Morgan Stanley, space in the bay

19 October 2018 - Rocket builder Vector said Friday it has raised $70 million in a round of financing, with a Morgan Stanley alternative investment fund joining Silicon Valley backers. Read about it here!

SpinorSat — A Step Along a 50 Year Journey to the Stars


15 October 2018 - We’re a team of 6 Berkeley students aiming to push the frontier of miniature spacecraft that can be mass produced for large networks of satellites. Read about it here!