Remote sensing startups moving into the defense market would like to see DoD and other agencies develop plans to procure commercial capabilities.
SDA and DARPA small spacecraft equipped with optical crosslinks will fly to orbit in SpaceX's next rideshare mission Transporter-2.
Lynk will start testing cellular connectivity services with its first small satellite in the near future as it plans to begin commercial service early next year.
Technological advances in small satellites are helping improve spacecraft designs and pushing the industry to take more risks, said Jim McClelland, vice president of Maxar Technologies.
With its first successful launch in the books, Virgin Orbit is considering ways it can expand into adjacent markets, including supporting ventures developing satellite systems.
DoD has to transition to a space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said at the SmallSat Symposium.
Satellite communications startup Analytical Space Inc. won a $26.4 million contract to develop and launch six cubesats and two hosted payloads to begin establishing Fast Pixel Network for optical communications.
Money will continue flowing into the space industry from government agencies, private equity firms and public markets, according to panelists at the 2021 SmallSat Symposium.
Amazon Web Services is looking to attract new customers by offering customized services such as cloud-based satellite operations and mission control.
SpaceX is seeing strong demand for its dedicated smallsat rideshare missions, a program that is putting pricing pressure on small launch vehicle developers.
While some see a surge of launch vehicle development efforts as a sign of an “overheated” market, others see those efforts as a sign of shifting demand.
Shay Har-Noy, former Tomnod CEO, has joined Spire Global as the company’s general manager of the aviation systems business unit.
The cloud computing industry is developing products and services aimed at space companies that want to monetize data without having to invest in infrastructure.
SAN FRANCISCO – Companies are collecting more Earth imagery from satellites than ever before, but for some customers the data remains too expensive and too difficult to consume.
The current and former directors of the Pentagon’s Space Development Agency (SDA) offered differing views of congressional direction placing SDA under the U.S. Space Force.