CubeCab Wins $20K in NewSpace Conference Pitch Competition

The CubeCab team with their over sized novelty check. (Credit: Douglas Messier)
The CubeCab team with their over sized novelty check. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

A Mountain View, Calif., company called CubeCab that is focused on launching CubeSat into space inexpensively won the $20,000 grand prize in the “Lightning Pitch” competition at the NewSpace Conference on Thursday.

The company is developing an air-launch system capable of putting individual CubeSats into low Earth orbit at a low cost. However, CubeCab is rather vague about the specifics of the system.

“We are still developing our launcher, and surveying customers to determine the exact particulars of our launch service, so we are not yet accepting orders,” according to the company’s website.

RockZip, which produces high-altitude balloons that carry scientific payloads, won the $7,500 second prize. The $2,500 third-place prize was won by Elysium Space, a space burial company.

The pitch competition co-sponsored by the New Space Business Plan Competition, ATK and the Heinlein Prize Trust.