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

Inovor CEO Matthew Tetlow with the company's first CubeSat. Photo: Inovor/The Lead South Australia.

Are Optical Satellites the Best Solution to Monitor Orbital Debris?

Australian nanosatellite startup Inovor Technologies has proposed a new potential solution to monitor orbital debris: using optical sensors from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to track space junk further out in Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO). According to Inovor’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Matthew Tetlow, who spoke with Via Satellite by email, optical systems are in fact the only feasible solution […]

By | August 15, 2017

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European Startups Challenging the Status Quo

As smallsat constellations and 5G loom ever closer, countless new companies have emerged to find their niche in the aerospace value chain. Europe in particular, where both governments and venture capitals have ramped up funding, has seen an explosion in future-focused businesses looking to fundamentally change the ways we connect. Watch out, Silicon Valley — […]

By | August 14, 2017

Rendition of Estonian nanosatellite ESTCube 1 on-orbit. Photo: Taavi Torim.

Total Smallsat Market Could Reach $30 Billion in 10 Years

Euroconsult expects more than 6,200 smallsats will be launched over the next 10 years, according to its “Prospects for the Small Satellite Market” report released on Aug. 11. Analysts from the company stated that the roll-out of multiple constellations, mainly for commercial operators, account for more than 70 percent of that total. The total market value […]

By | August 14, 2017

Floating oil storage drums. Photo: Flickr, Steve Jurvetson.

Ursa to Expand Oil Inventory Reports on a Global Scale

Ursa Space Systems has announced its planned expansion to provide global oil inventory coverage. Building on its China Oil Storage Report, Ursa will deliver Global Oil Storage Reports on a region-by-region basis, starting with the Caribbean, Middle East/North Africa (MENA), and Europe, which are coming online in the coming months. Ursa’s Oil Storage reports use […]

By | August 11, 2017

Image of Clyde Space's new ground station. Photo: Clyde Space.

Clyde Space Can Now Manufacture and Track CubeSats in Space

Clyde Space has commissioned a ground station at its Glasgow, Scotland headquarters to control and track satellites for its customers. The station includes a fine accuracy rotator system enabling high data rate technology; bespoke networking permitting remote locating of antenna arrays; and a full Radio Frequency (RF) front end based around space capable Commercial Off-the […]

By | August 11, 2017

ELaNa: Educational Launch of Nanosatellites. Photo: NASA

A Look Back at Smallsats’ Challenges and Opportunities

It was all smallsats this week at the Small Satellite Conference in Utah. However, the conversations about smallsats’ place in our industry has been going on for quite a while. And this 2006 article from our archives is proof. Back then we talked to ESA, Orbital, Surrey Satellite, Ball Aerospace, and more, about the growing […]

By | August 10, 2017

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Beware of Investor Demands, Warn Smallsat Experts

Young smallsat companies seeking to build a successful business must be wary of the implications that come along with their investors’ capital, warned a panel of experts at the SmallSat 2017 Conference. During an Aug. 8 discussion on the finance surrounding the small satellite market, Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Marco […]

By | August 9, 2017

An Astrocast nanosatellite. Photo: Else.

Swiss Startup Else Has Completed a $3 Million Seed Round

Else announced it has completed a $3 million seed round supported by Airbus Ventures, as well as numerous additional Swiss and internationally-based private investors. The seed round follows $3 million previously raised by the company in public support. Else is currently developing a network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) nanosatellites named Astrocast that will provide […]

By | August 9, 2017

Model of Audacy constellation. Photo: Audacy.

Clyde Space to Support Audacy’s Technology Demo Mission

Clyde Space has announced a new partnership with California space company Audacy, which is developing a constellation of relay satellites to provide non-stop, real-time communications coverage for commercial customers in the space industry, with services similar to NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS). Audacy’s network intends to provide uninterrupted space connectivity, allowing customers […]

By | August 8, 2017


Where Do Satellite Manufacturers Fit in the NewSpace Revolution?

A key part of the NewSpace movement is the small satellite. It offers the ability to rapidly innovate and launch new technology within a very short timeframe. How can manufacturers keep up with no compromise on performance and how is NewSpace impacting their thinking?

By | August 7, 2017

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