NewSpace

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A lighthouse off the coast of Unst in the Shetlands. Photo: Shetlands.org.

Small UK Island Could Be the Next Premier Spaceport

A study supported by the UK Space Agency revealed the northernmost island in the Shetlands, Unst, could be a promising new spaceport for launching satellites. According to a Sceptre report, rockets launched from the island could carry very large payloads with low risk to inhabitants in the event of a mission failure. But could a […]

By | November 15, 2017

Image taken of Reza, Morocco from space in August 2016. Photo: Planet.

Morocco to Orbit Earth Observation Satellite Next Week

Morocco is set to join a select group of countries in Africa that have a satellite in orbit with the launch on Nov. 8 of its Earth Observation satellite. An Arianespace Vega rocket will launch the satellite, Mohammed 6-A, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. The launch will mark the North African country’s […]

By | November 2, 2017

Associate Professor Law Kay Soon, research engineer Chin Shi Tong, NTU undergraduate A Saravanan, and PhD student Charlie Soon at the NTU Mission Control Room, where X-Sat satellite operations are controlled daily. Photo: National Singapore University.

Could Singapore Become the Next Spacetech Hub?

According to Kay Soon Low, director of the Satellite Technology and Research Center (STAR) at the National University Singapore, interest in satellite technology has exploded in recent years — particularly after the launch of Singapore’s X-Sat in 2011. While the country’s space industry is still relatively young, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) veterans are […]

By | October 30, 2017

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NanoRacks Deploys Second Kaber-Class Microsatellite This Week

NanoRacks successfully deployed NovaWurks’ Satlet Initial-Mission Proofs and Lessons (SIMPL) satellite via the Kaber Microsatellite Deployer from the International Space Station (ISS) on Oct. 27. This is the second Kaber-class deployment that NanoRacks completed this week. For this program, NovaWurks pioneered the Hyper-Integrated Satlet (HISat) technology, a concept to assemble larger satellites from small independent […]

By | October 27, 2017

Ursa Space Systems' executive team and staff. Photo: Ursa Space Systems/Twitter.

Ursa Space Systems Secures $7 Million Series A Financing

Ursa Space Systems announced it closed a $7 million Series A equity financing from financial, security, and strategic investors. Paladin Capital Group led the financing, which included participation from New Enterprise Associates (NEA), RRE Ventures, S&P Global, and other strategic investors. Ursa released its first weekly China oil inventory report in May, added the Caribbean […]

By | October 25, 2017

NanoRacks' microsat deployer. Photo: NanoRacks.

NanoRacks Has Deployed its Largest Microsatellite from ISS

3..2..1…Deploy! #NRCSD #CubeSat #ISS pic.twitter.com/JsvHD1SmZe — NanoRacks (@NanoRacks) May 17, 2017 NanoRacks has successfully deployed the Kestrel Eye 2M (KE2M) microsatellite via the company’s Kaber Microsatellite Deployer from the International Space Station (ISS). This is the largest satellite NanoRacks has deployed to date, and the first deployed from the Kaber deployer. According to NanoRacks, the […]

By | October 24, 2017

Satellite imagery of the Port of Zeebrugge in Belgium, 2015. Photo: UrtheCast.

UrtheCast, e-Geos Collaborate On Optical and SAR Products

UrtheCast, its subsidiary Deimos Imaging and e-Geos, a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), announced a strategic partnership to offer a combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. According to the parties involved, the collaboration will allow observation of the Earth day and night, regardless of weather conditions, and is […]

By | October 20, 2017

Photo: OneWeb.

Increased Government Spending to Boost Satellite Payload Market

The global satellite payload market is expected to reach $21.8 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Research and Markets. The firm predicts a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.9 percent between 2014 and 2025, owing to increased government spending in space exploration activities. The growing popularity of communication and broadcasting services […]

By | October 18, 2017

Composite image of Europe at night. Photo: NASA Earth Observatory/ Joshua Stevens.

ESA to Explore New Big Data Applications in Commercial Space

First Derivatives has signed a letter of intent with the European Space Agency (ESA) to foster the development of disruptive applications in the commercial space market, based on its Kx technology. Under the agreement, Kx and ESA’s Business Applications (formerly Integrated Applications) Program will work together to assist start-ups seeking to use Kx technology as […]

By | October 13, 2017

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Satellite Launches to Increase Threefold Over the Next Decade

According to the 20th edition of Euroconsult’s “Satellites to be Built & Launched” report, the firm anticipates that 300 satellites with a mass of more than 50 kg will be launched on average each year by 2026 for government agencies and commercial organizations worldwide. This is a threefold increase over the past decade as the […]

By | October 12, 2017

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