The Defense Innovation Unit is funding space projects that the agency hopes will spur commercial investments in satellite refueling technologies and support services for geostationary satellites.
D-Orbit has ambitious plans to offer a wide variety of satellite services from active debris removal to space-based cloud computing.
SpaceLogistics, a satellite-servicing firm owned by Northrop Grumman, announced Feb. 21 it plans to send to orbit a new servicing vehicle in 2024 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
Inversion, a space startup based in Los Angeles, announced Nov. 16 it has raised $10 million in seed funding to develop a reentry capsule to bring cargo from space back to Earth.
Blue Origin is considering entering a cooperative agreement with the U.S. military to examine how space vehicles might be used to transport cargo around the world.
TransAstra, a startup founded by Joel Sercel, the former Momentus chief technology officer, is raising money for a competing space logistics venture.