The United States is at risk of being outpaced by China in space capabilities, in part due to the slow adoption of commercial innovations such as small satellites, warns a new report released May 5 by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
Two new Chinese factories capable of producing hundreds of small satellites per year could help China achieve space objectives and impact the international market.
Lyten, a battery manufacturer based in California, has prototyped an advanced battery design for small satellites under a contract from the Defense Innovation Unit.
Spire Global is working with SpaceChain, a company focused on space applications for blockchain technology, to demonstrate the technology in space and to highlight benefits and challenges.
Terran Orbital, the parent company of Tyvak and PredaSAR, has acquired a new four-story facility in Irvine, California, to house satellite design, engineering and development.
The combination of small satellites and computing power is one of the most exciting developments in space technology, said Gen. John "Jay" Raymond, chief of the U.S. Space Force
Tyvak released the first high-resolution images of objects in orbit and on the ground captured by telescopes the satellite manufacturer developed with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
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.
KSAT is rapidly installing antennas around the world to keep pace with the dramatic rise in small satellite activity.
Smallsat specialist York Space Systems is producing a larger satellite platform with double the payload volume of its current spacecraft bus in response to market demand.
SDA and DARPA small spacecraft equipped with optical crosslinks will fly to orbit in SpaceX's next rideshare mission Transporter-2.
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.
Among the 143 satellites on Transporter-1 were technology demonstrations and payloads of interest to the U.S. military, including satellite components, in-space laser communications and remote sensing.
AAC Clyde Space announced plans Oct. 15 to acquire SpaceQuest, a satellite technology developer based in Fairfax, Virginia, for $8.4 million, pending the approval of shareholders and the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.
In-space transportation startup Momentus announced service agreements Oct. 2 with Australia’s Skykraft and French spacecraft engineering company Mecano ID.
Manufacturers agreed the cost of cubesats and small satellites of all sizes will decline as constellation developers and operators begin placing larger orders.
Col. Russell Teehan said commercially developed technologies will be part of the future capabilities of the U.S. Space Force.
SmallSat Alliance Chairman Chuck Beames: 'I think they messed up.'
York Space Systems announced the opening May 19 of its new manufacturing facility in Denver, a key step in the firm’s campaign to expand mass manufacturing of standard small satellites.