Exploring How Innovation is Revolutionising Access to Space
As space-based satellite systems continue to act as a key enabler for terrestrial operations, the need to access and exploit constellations effectively remains critical for intern…
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.
Helios Wire is preparing to launch its first satellite in October on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office plans to roll out a tiered approach to evaluating company data-protection plans.
For cybersecurity experts, it’s clearcut: smallsat operators should take the same precautions as large satellite operators, including encrypting uplinks and downlinks, safeguarding ground stations and monitoring network activity.
In the coming years, defense and intelligence agencies will rely on small satellites to enhance the capabilities of large government-owned and -operated spacecraft.
To prepare for a new generation of small rockets promising dedicated rides to orbit for small satellites, NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are setting aside money and trimming oversight.
ÅAC Clyde, the company being formed by Sweden’s ÅAC Microtec and Scotland’s Clyde Space, plans to expand through acquisition and to stake a claim in the United States.