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Inside Lunasonde's Tucson microsatellite lab

Tucson.com
November 30, 2023
Check out the labs where Tucson startup Lunasonde is developing its microsatellite technologies.

Momentus to Deliver Lunasonde Technology Demonstration Payload to Orbit

BusinessWire
May 25, 2023

Momentus Inc. (NASDAQ: MNTS) (“Momentus” or the “Company”), a U.S. commercial space company that offers orbital transportation and in-space infrastructure services, has signed a contract with Lunasonde to deliver the Picacho CubeSat to orbit.

SpaceX helps Tucson startup launch tiny satellite into orbit

David Wichner
Tucson.com
December 1, 2023
A Tucson tech startup is flying high after its tiny test satellite was blasted into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon rocket recently.

Amazon Web Services gets set to ignite space accelerator program’s third stage

Alan Boyle
GeekWire

The 14 startups selected for Amazon Web Services’ third annual AWS Space Accelerator program include a company that’s building 3D-printed space capsules, a company that’s developing a fleet of space robots — and even a company that’s headquartered in Amazon’s neck of the woods.

Techstars Boston grad Lunasonde allows a view far beneath the Earth

Emma Campbell
The Business Journals
August 10, 2021

From researching Parkinson’s disease to building an “MRI scanner for planet Earth,” Jeremiah Pate is focused on solving big problems.

Impatience Is a Virtue for This Innovative UA Freshman

Emily Walla
University of Arizona
October 24, 2017

Jeremiah Pate refused to wait until after graduation to found a company, and now he is designing satellites that can explore asteroids and proteins that can battle Parkinson’s disease.

Lunasonde To Launch
Their Gossamer Mission Via EXOLAUNCH Services To SSO On A SpaceX Falcon 9 In 2022

Satnews
September 23, 2021

Lunasonde and Exolaunch now have launch agreements to fly a portion of the Gossamer satellite constellation to SSO aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Transporter missions in 2022. 

SpaceX rocket launch coup for Britain’s most northerly inhabited island

Keith Findlay
Press and Journal
January 13, 2022

The Falcon 9 rocket – part of multibillionaire Musk‘s space programme – blasted off from Cape Canaveral carrying more than 100 small satellites.

One of these is the Gossamer Piccolomini, created and developed by US aerospace firm Lunasonde and it turned to SaxaVord UK Spaceport on Unst for some expert support.

Tucson Tech: Old Pueblo gets new rocket firm as New Space industry develops

David Wichner
Tucson.com
November 21, 2020
Tucson is now home to two micro-satellite launch businesses, after Vector Launch restarted here and its former CEO started his own company.

University of Arizona Owns Lunasonde, a Satellite Research Company

Samantha Jorgens
Study Breaks
February 21, 2018

The college freshman is the founder of Lunasonde, a satellite mining company, and has extensively researched both space and Parkinson’s disease.

Reef Starter Announces Innovation Challenge Winners

Orbital Reef
December 8, 2022

Reef Starter, an innovation engine powered by Orbital Reef, today announced the winners of its first annual Reef Starter Innovation Challenge. The early-stage companies selected demonstrated innovative in-space solutions leveraging Orbital Reef, a mixed-use space station to be built in low Earth orbit (LEO).

DuPont and VCs see lithium mining as a critical investment for the electric future

Jonathan Shieber, Danny Crichton
TechCrunch

There’s been a stream of VC dollars flowing into the (non-crypto) mining business as software helps extraction companies operate more efficiently. Notable investments include high-tech prospectors like KoBold Minerals (another Breakthrough Energy Ventures portfolio company), which uses big data and machine learning to help pick better targets for mines, and Lunasonde, which prospects from space using satellites.

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