NewSpace Business Competition Announces Finalists

LOS ANGELES (CSCF PR) — Today, the Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced the finalists that will be competing in the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition on Saturday, May 26 during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles. Six finalists were selected to compete in the Shark Tank-style pitch competition:

  • Beyond Earth – Beyond Earth is a new entrant in the remote sensing arena focused on global water utilization.
  • First Resonance – Modern software solutions for aerospace manufacturing.
  • Space Map – A map and positioning system of the past, present, and future locations of all known bodies in the solar system.
  • Stofiel Aerospace – A small satellite launch system offering scalable, mobile, and on-demand launches of individual payloads between 15 and 250kg, for $20k per kg.
  • Voyager Space Technologies – Artificially intelligent software to dramatically lower the time and cost it takes to design new satellites.
  • Waypoint 2 Space – Space experiences and space training services, for the general public, commercial spaceflight participants (space tourists), and the research community.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Set for May

GOES-16 captured this view of the moon as it looked above the surface of the Earth on January 15. Like earlier GOES satellites, GOES-16 will use the moon for calibration. (Credits: NOAA/NASA)

LOS ANGELES (Center for Space Commerce & Finance PR) — Today, the The Center for Space Commerce and Finance announced a call for competitors for a regional NewSpace Business Plan Competition being held in conjunction with the 2018 International Space Development Conference (ISDC) on May 26, in Los Angeles. In a “Shark Tank” style competition, startups will present their business plans in front of a panel of investors and the ISDC audience, for a chance to win a cash prize.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Announces First Regional Round

sff_logoSILICON VALLEY, Calif., Sept. 3, 2015 (SFF BPC PR) – The Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition (BPC), which awards seed money, announced today that the first two of five total regional, qualifying competitions for the 2015/2016 competition cycle will be held in New York on October 22, 2015 and Los Angeles on December 3, 2015.

The cities will each host a Shark Tank-style event whose winners will advance to the national competition in Seattle. Submissions from the Northeast open September 1, 2015 and November 5, 2015 in the Southwest. Partners of the BPC include the Space Angels Network, OrbitalATK, Heinlein Prize Trust and the Space Finance Group.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Moves to Every Other Year

SILICON VALLEY, Calif. (BPC PR) – The industry-renowned NewSpace Business Plan Competition (“BPC”) announced today that it will adopt a 2 year competition cycle,  in order to expand  its offerings of industry  resources, support and coaching to the competing and winning teams.  With the next competition occurring in 2016, the longer cycle will encourage more in-depth interactions with competition sponsors, allowing competing teams to benefit from deeper industry relationships.


NewSpace Business Plan Competition Announces 2014 Lightning Pitch Competitors

new_space_business_plan_competitionSilicon Valley, CA (SFF PR) — The NewSpace Business Plan Competition, in collaboration with its sponsors (The Space Frontier Foundation, ATK, and Heinlein Prize Trust) are excited to announce the competitors for this years’ unique program, the 2014 Lightning Pitch Competition. Competitors are listed below, in alphabetical order.

This years’ Lightning Pitch Competition is a novel format, somewhere between an “Elevator Pitch” Competition and a traditional Business Plan Competition. During the first day of the Space Frontier Foundation’s annual NewSpace Conference, each of the eight competitors will deliver a four minute presentation to an audience of space industry professionals, Silicon Valley investors and our Lightning Pitch judges.


NewSpace 2014 to Feature Entrepreneurial Pitch Competition

sff_logoSILICON VALLEY, CA (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation and the NewSpace Business Plan Competition are thrilled to announce a new type of entrepreneurial competition for 2014. This year, the NewSpace Business Plan Competition, along with ATK and the Heinlein Prize Trust, will be co-sponsoring a “Lightning Pitch” event during the Space Frontier Foundation’s annual NewSpace Conference. The sponsors will award over $20,000 in cash prizes for the top contestants.

“This novel event, that is somewhere between an Elevator Pitch Competition and a customary Business Plan Competition, offers an exciting new way to reward entrepreneurial space companies while providing an engaging and fast-paced event for spectators,” said NewSpace BPC Project Manager, Thomas A. Olson. “Holding this competition in conjunction with the NewSpace Conference also gives start-up companies an unparalleled opportunity to network and interact with some of the top companies, investors and scientists in the space community.”


Digital Solid State Propulsion is Headed to ISS

Silicon Valley, CA (SFF PR) — This summer, Digital Solid State Propulsion’s microthruster will be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpinSat microsatellite, a project of the Naval Research Laboratory, in a partnership with Digital Solid State Propulsion (DSSP), Inc.

The missions’ objective is to demonstrate and characterize the on-orbit performance of the ESP (Electrically-controlled Solid Propellant) technology in space. This is an enabling technology for the small satellite community that will allow small satellites to perform in-space maneuvers. In 2012, DSSP won 2nd place and a cash prize of $10,000 at the Newspace Business Plan Competition (BPC), as part of the Space Frontier Foundations’ annual NewSpace Conference.


SFF Selects Eight Finalists for NewSpace Business Plan Competition

sff_logoFREMONT, Calif. (SFF PR, September 13,  2013) — The Space Frontier Foundation and the NewSpace Business Plan competition, in conjunction with their sponsors, are thrilled to announce the 2013 Business Plan Competition Finalists.  Finalists are listed below in alphabetical order.

This year, the NewSpace Business Plan Competition will be held on October 24th in California’s famed investor hot-spot, Silicon Valley and in partnership with Stanford University.   For more information on the competition, the location and date, prizes,  or our sponsors, please visit the NewSpace BPC website.

  • Alanax Technologies
    San Jose, CA
    Alanax Technologies develops Astrolink, our flagship software product for modeling, analyzing, and operating aerospace communication networks.
  • BBC Aerospace
    Orlando, FL
    BBC Aerospace is licensing and commercializing an innovative system for performing electron-beam freeform fabrication.
    Princeton, NJ
    ELIGOS has developed a new type of electric space propulsion unit with the goal of powerful, efficient electric space propulsion for all space propulsion needs; focused on the lucrative satellite orbit raising and maneuvering market.
  • Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc.
    Atlanta, GA
    Generation Orbit serves micro and nano satellite developers struggling to find dedicated and cost-effective space access by offering fast, flexible and affordable primary launch manifesting through GOLauncher, an air-launched space transportation system specifically designed for small payloads.
  • Infinity Aerospace LLC
    Mountain View, CA
    Infinity Aerospace is a space hardware and services company. Infinity’s first product, the ArduLab, is a plug-and-play, International Space Station (ISS) compliant, cubesat form factor ‘nanolab’ platform that allows customers in the education, commercial, and research markets to rapidly develop fully autonomous microgravity experiments.
  • NNMC
    Swainboro, GA
    The National Nanotechnology Manufacturing Center (NNMC), Inc is a Georgia-based organization that has developed a unique prototyping / additive manufacturing machine known as the Multi Prototyping Lab (MPL). The MPL is a multi-module prototyping machine. Each module, or attachment performs a unique process, such as 3D printing, Drop-on-Demand printing or laser curing.
  • Raptor Space Services
    Mountain View, CA
    Raptor Space Services,a wholly owned subsidiary of Skycorp Incorporated has been formed to address the demand for cost effective orbital transfer of cubesats from the International Space Station (ISS) to more desirable orbits. The Raptor solar electric propulsion spacecraft can carry 50 cubesats for deployment to higher orbits and inclinations in early 2016. Two vehicles, for 100 cubesats, will initially be built.
  • Sysenex, Inc.
    Reston, VA
    Sysenex provides systems engineering and business development services to aerospace, IT and other firms.

NewSpace Business Plan Competition Deadline Extended to Aug. 29

sff_logoFremont, Calif. (SFF PR) — The Space Frontier Foundation is happy to announce a deadline extension for submissions to the 2013 NewSpace Business Plan Competition.  Participants will now have until August 29th, 2013 at 5:00pm (PST) to submit their Intent-to-compete form, a 3-page business plan summary and the $50 application fee.  Finalists will compete for $135,000 in cash prizes in Silicon Valley in late October.  Entries can be submitted by filling out this form on our customized Decision Desk platform.


This Week on The Space Show

This week on The Space Show with Dr. David Livingston:

1. Monday, August 19, 2013: 2-3:30 PM PDT (5-6:30 PM EDT, 4-5:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am helping a friend with medical issues.

2. Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7-8:30 PM PDT (10-11:30 PM EDT, 9-10:30 PM CDT): No show today as I am helping a friend with medical issues.

3. Thursday, August 22, 2013,7-8:00 PM PDT (10-11:00 PM EDT, 9-10:00 PM CDT): TOM OLSON returns with new updates on the NewSpace Business Plan Competition.

4. Friday, August 23, 2013:, 9:30-11AM PDT (12:30-2 PM EDT, 11:30 AM-1 PM CDT). We welcome the new AIAA Executive Director, DR. SANDRA MAGNUS. .AIAA is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and nearly 100 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

5. Sunday, August 25, 2013, 12-1:30 PM PDT, (3-4:30 PM EDT, 2-3:30 PM CDT). OPEN LINES discussion. All space and STEM topics welcome. First time callers welcome. Please be succinct, to the point, and let’s make room for everyone who wants to call. Listeners, remember, we have only one toll free line. If the line is busy, please keep trying or email me that you are waiting for the line to become free.

NewSpace Business Plan Competition Offering $135K in Prize Money

sff_logoFremont, California, June 27, 2013 (SFF PR) — With $135,000 in prizes, more industry support than ever before, and a new location and date, the Space Frontier Foundation today announced the details of the largest, richest and most exciting NewSpace Business Plan Competition to date.

In years past, this competition has been a part of the Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference, however, this year the competition will be a stand-alone event to be held in the Fall, allowing the Foundation to give this outstanding program its own spotlight. The NewSpace 2013 Conference will be held July 25-27. Both events will be in California’s famed investor hot-spot, Silicon Valley.