NewSpace

Most recent news around the “NewSpace” or “NextSpace” market segment within the satellite industry. Don’t miss our dedicated NextSpace edition!

Rendition of DARPA's RSGS.

On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Moves Closer to Reality

From Via Satellite’s Executive Editor Jeffrey Hill: I’m not sure SpaceX wants their constellation characterized as “small,” “cheap,” and an alternative to reusability (especially when the rockets are reusable), but here it is: “Some analysts question whether this robot geek squad will be needed at all. A coming boom in small, cheap satellites could replace […]

By | November 28, 2017

Hiber Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ernst Peter Hovinga. Photo: Hiber.

Ahead of 2018 LPGAN Launch, Magnitude Space Rebrands as Hiber

Dutch satellite company Magnitude Space is rebranding under a new name, Hiber, to reflect the importance of the launch of its new Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN) in 2018. According to Hiber, the LPGAN represents the company’s transition to a “global internet service company” rather than one focused exclusively on space. Helping tackle climate […]

By | November 27, 2017

An Iceye rendering of the first SAR microsatellite deployed in orbit. Photo: Iceye.

NewSpace Investments Could Start to Pay Off Soon

The commercial satellite industry is on the cusp of seeing a slew of exits from former NewSpace startups, according to Seraphim Capital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Boggett. In an interview with Via Satellite, Boggett pointed to the growing sum of venture-backed capital in the space industry as evidence that a number of young companies […]

By | November 24, 2017

Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i, and Sarah Parker, SSTL managing director, at the agreement signing. PHoto: Earth-i.

SSTL to Build Video Earth Observation Satellites for Earth-i

British startup Earth–i announced that it has ordered the first five satellites from Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) for its new Earth Observation (EO) constellation. Earth-i plans to deploy the first constellation able to provide full-color video from orbit. According to Earth-i, the constellation’s capabilities include the provision of high-frame rate images with resolutions better than […]

By | November 22, 2017

Iceye engineers preparing an imaging flight in late 2017. Photo: Iceye.

Iceye to Support Earth Observation Data Services for DIUx

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD) Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) has agreed to purchase airborne Earth Observation (EO) data support services from microsatellite startup Iceye. DOD launched DIUx in 2015 to build a bridge between commercial technological innovation and national security endeavors. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in Boston, Massachusetts, Austin, Texas, and […]

By | November 22, 2017

Earth’s horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the Feb. 11 deployment of the first of 33 small satellites using the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer. Photo: NASA.

NanoRacks Deploys First “Doublewide” Satellites from ISS

NanoRacks has successfully completed its 13th CubeSat deployment mission from the International Space Station (ISS). As these five CubeSats enter Low Earth Orbit (LEO), this brings NanoRacks to 176 total CubeSats deployed into space via the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD). According to NanoRacks, this mission marks the first deployment of the industry standard 6U CubeSats […]

By | November 22, 2017

Photo: Via Satellite.

How to Ensure Your Startup Survives the NewSpace Bubble

According to some financial experts, the space startup industry is in the midst of a bubble — but that may not necessarily be such a bad thing. During a Nov. 15 panel discussing equity financing at the 2017 NextSpace Investor Conference, a group of Venture Capitalists (VCs) noted that the influx of capital coming into […]

By | November 17, 2017

Vector Space Systems Vector-R

Vector Considers Vandenberg to Establish Launch Operations

Nanosatellite launch company Vector announced it will explore an arrangement with Harris Corporation to establish commercial launch operations of the Vector-R launch vehicle at Harris Spaceport Systems on Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The initial steps of the pathfinding operations at Space Launch Complex 8 feature a demonstration of a full-scale engineering development version […]

By | November 17, 2017

Photo: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC).

Can MENA Do NewSpace?

The interest in the NewSpace movement has been gaining momentum all over the world and the MENA region is no exception. With talk of space ranging from enabling emerging nations to enhance their communications infrastructure to missions to Mars, this is a fertile region for NewSpace, with varying ambitions from country to country.

By | November 15, 2017

Aerial view of the Ardennes in Luxembourg. Photo: Pixabay.

Spire Raises $70 Million in Latest Funding Round

Spire Global announced it raised $70 million in its Series C financing round, and stated too that it will be opening a new office in Luxembourg, which will serve as its European headquarters. The Luxembourg Future Fund (LFF) announced it has committed to becoming a shareholder in Spire. According to Spire, the new office and […]

By | November 15, 2017

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