3D printed antenna bracket for a Sentinel-1 Earth Observation Satellite. Photo: Ruag.

Additive Manufacturing in the Space Industry to Reach $4.7 Billion

Research and Markets’ new report is projecting that the yearly value of additive manufactured parts in the space industry will reach $4.7 billion, driving nearly $1 billion in yearly sales of 3D-printed equipment, software and materials. The “Additive Manufacturing for Space Industry Applications – From Earth to Orbit and Beyond: An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year […]

By | August 18, 2017

Computer vision algorithms applied to high resolution imagery. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

DigitalGlobe Announces Results for SpaceNet Challenge Round 2

DigitalGlobe has announced the SpaceNet Challenge Round 2 results and its plans for the next challenge as well. A collaboration between DigitalGlobe, CosmiQ Works, and NVIDIA, SpaceNet leverages an online repository of publicly accessible satellite imagery, co-registered data layers for training algorithms, and prize challenges to accelerate innovation in machine learning. The SpaceNet Challenge Round […]

By | August 14, 2017

Graphic of the trackable objects in orbit around Earth. Photo: European Space Operation Center.

What Would a Civil Space Traffic Management System Look Like?

We have laws, regulations, and norms of behavior on our roadways, waterways, and airways. We classify and regulate traffic based on things like size, maneuverability, weight, hazard potential, and others. An oil tanker is treated very differently than a kayak, and a truck carrying hazardous fuel is treated quite differently than a Vespa scooter. Do […]

By | August 11, 2017

Rendition of satellite laser communications. Photo: NASA.

Researchers Send Quantum “Hack-Proof” Message Via Satellite

Chinese researchers have been experimenting with laser technology in hopes of unlocking a new way to securely transmit data via satellite using quantum technology. Now, researchers have announced some progress using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) to communicate with the Micius satellite, which beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations. Read more at BBC

By | August 11, 2017

Accion System's TILE 5000 thruster. Photo: Accion Systems.

Accion, York Space to Collaborate on Propulsion System

Accion Systems and York Space Systems have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a standardized propulsion system for future use with York Space Systems’ spacecraft platform. As part of the intended partnership, Accion Systems will become a preferred provider of standardized propulsion systems, providing York’s customers with ion engine systems for their […]

By | August 7, 2017

Datum modems. Photo: Datum Systems.

Spacepath Communications Forms Sales Partnership with Datum Systems

SpacePath Communications and Datum Systems, which manufactures satellite modems, have jointly announced a strategic sales and support partnership. SpacePath will provide distribution and technical support for Datum’s modems, which are often acquired together with Radio Frequency (RF) amplifiers, and will be able to configure and upgrade them. According to Datum, its satellite modems, including FlexLDPC […]

By | August 4, 2017

Jim Hackett, Ford's new CEO. Photo: Ford.

New Ford CEO Plans to Modernize the Business Around AI, Big Data

Highlighting its ambitions to focus on connected cars, Ford has announced its former head of smart mobility, Jim Hackett, will take over as the company’s CEO; he will replace Mark Fields, who is retiring. Hackett stated he plans to modernize the business around new innovations in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics. Ford stock […]

By | August 4, 2017

Lockheed Martin's new satellite integration facility. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin Pours $350 Million into New Satellite Production Facility

Preliminary construction is underway on a new $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites. The new Gateway Center, located on the company’s Waterton Canyon campus near Denver, Colorado is the latest step in an ongoing transformation to provide future missions at reduced cost and cycle time. The facility is slated for completion […]

By | August 3, 2017

Satellite imagery of a fishing vessel. Photo: ISI.

ISI Uses Satellite Imagery to Monitor Criminals at Sea

ImageSat International (ISI) has been investing heavily in its development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics in hopes of capitalizing on the abundance of new satellite-based imagery. In an interview with Via Satellite, ISI Business Development and Product Manager Ori Zeisel detailed the technology that drives the company’s maritime domain awareness service, Kingfisher. According to Zeisel, […]

By | August 2, 2017

Samsung smart kitchen appliances. Photo: Samsung.

US Senators Take a Stab at Addressing IOT Security Vulnerabilities

Recent hacks of smart-home devices seem to have caught the attention of United States lawmakers, who have drafted a bill that aims to regulate the Internet of Things (IOT). With up to 30 billion devices predicted to be connected to the internet by 2020, security experts warn that unsecured products could pose a significant threat […]

By | August 2, 2017

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