General Atomics hopes to win military contracts for customized small satellite missions.
Noosphere Ventures, two years after providing a lifeline investment in small launcher company Firefly, is gearing up to make another space investment, this time in the small-satellite manufacturing sector.
A startup designing a constellation of orbiting cloud data centers has arranged a $100 million investment from Hughes China Holdings Company Limited (HCH Group) of Hong Kong.
Harris Corp.’s first small satellite, a six-unit cubesat, is fully operational, receiving commands and transmitting information to the satellite operations center in Palm Bay, Florida.
Steve Nixon: “I think there’s some bureaucratic inertia. Also there’s a space industrial complex that might not want to see a shift to much cheaper assets.”
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Raytheon wants to show that small satellites operated by military users on the ground can deliver tactical imagery faster than commercial providers and more economically than aerial drones.
Ten years after then-U.S. Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne called for maximizing use of secondary payload adapters to launch small satellites on large rockets, the Air Force, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are working together to make that happen.
The Royal Thai Air Force awarded a contract to ISIS Space of the Netherlands to deliver a complete satellite in orbit next year, ISIS Space announced Sept. 7.
No longer the province of university researchers and technology developers, small satellites are moving into the aerospace mainstream.
Harris Corp.’s small satellite business is growing rapidly, jumping from no revenue in 2016 to $100 million now. During the same period, Harris small satellite revenues jumped from zero to $100 million, Bill Gattle, Harris Space and Intelligence president, told SpaceNews in a recent interview.
French propulsion startup ThrustMe received 2.4 million euros ($2.8 million) from the European Commission to commercialize an electric propulsion system for small satellites.