In the six months since Russia invaded Ukraine, a litany of follow-on effects from the conflict have reverberated throughout the globe, many of which could achieve permanence as a new norm or standard.
Millennium Space Systems is working closely with Boeing, its corporate parent, to gear up for rapid production of spacecraft for government and commercial constellations.
Two years into the pandemic, satellite production delays underline continuing uncertainty around COVID-19’s lingering effect on the space industry.
Many satellite constellation developers are opting to build their own satellites.
Terran Orbital announced an agreement with Space Florida to establish a manufacturing facility on Florida’s Merritt Island large enough to produce more than 1,000 satellites per year.
OrbAstro, a space-as-a-service startup with visions of flying “tiny satellites in large flocks,” is gearing up to launch its first half-dozen smallsats in 2022 — including its just-announced first micro satellite.
York Space Systems announced plans May 18 to establish a “mega manufacturing facility” in Denver to quadruple the number of small satellites in production at once.
The March 22 launch of South Korea’s CAS500-1 remote sensing satellite has marked the beginning of the country’s journey toward the domestic satellite industry being driven by the private sector.
Carbice, the Atlanta startup that developed the thermal-management material Carbice Carbon, raised $15 million in a Series A investment round led by Downing Ventures, a division of London-based investment management firm Downing LLP.
Satellite manufacturers expressed optimism that overall demand for satellite communications would remain strong.
Maxar Technologies plans to launch its first two WorldView Legion satellites as early as September 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Finnish radar satellite operator Iceye announced Oct. 29 that Jerry Welsh, Iceye chief operating officer and chief financial officer, is taking the helm of Iceye US as CEO.
Nearly a third of commercial geostationary communications satellites in orbit are operating beyond their design lives, a far higher figure than previous years, according to a study.
As small satellites become more powerful, manufacturers say they need better ways to manage excess heat generated by their electronics systems.
“Space and semiconductor manufacturing, which we view as niche markets, are perfect for us to go to market, mainly because they have the most difficult environmental and reliability requirements,” Cola said.