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In these emails, we share trending stories from the industry, along with insights from our work operating the global marketplace for space. Let's dive in and take a look at some of the developments that caught our eye last week.
Sky Perfect JSAT and Furuno upgrade satellite internet access for Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line
Sky Perfect JSAT, Furuno, and Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line (MOPAS) have announced that the cruise ship NIPPON MARU, operated by MOPAS, underwent an upgrade with SKY Perfect JSAT’s high-speed maritime broadband service JSATMarine.
Furuno is providing VSAT equipment and technical support for the JSATMarine service. The upgrade to the service is intended to boost speed to meet customer demands for high-speed connectivity, especially in locations where cellular networks cannot be reached. Find out more here.
JSATMarine’s significantly enhanced downlink speed is expected to be used for massive data communications, particularly for broadcasting and for the ship’s operational communications. The initial test service began in March on NIPPON MARU and the company has planned to increase speed up to 30Mbps (shore-to-ship) and 3Mbps (ship-to-shore) in the future.
The maritime industry is one of the most prominent consumers of satellite services. Recently, Earth Observation (EO) applications have also gained momentum in the maritime sector; particularly to counter security challenges.
The collaboration between Planet and SynMax is a recent example. The companies have combined to provide data-informed insights on the energy industry within the United States and monitor the movements of dark vessels around the globe.
Together with SynMax, Planet will deliver data-informed intelligence for hedge funds invested in the energy industry and companies relying on transparent maritime commodity flows. Find out more here.
Other recent updates in the EO market
- BlackSky has upgraded its site monitoring capabilities, with new analytics and imaging features, in order to meet customers’ varied needs for information gathering and intelligence across geographically diverse environments. Find out more here.
- Ursa Space Systems has announced the availability of Global Oil Storage and Auto Manufacturing Index datasets through Google Cloud’s data exchange, Analytics Hub, which is now available in public preview. Find out more here.
- SPACESUR and CLOUDFERRO, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development and commercialization of an Earth Observation Big Data Platform. Find out more here.
- Capella Space has announced a USD97 million Series C financing round led by NightDragon, with significant participation from existing investors DCVC and Cota Capital. Find out more here.
- Planet has unveiled details of its next-generation satellite constellation Pelican, which is expected to deliver very-high-resolution and rapid-revisit capabilities. Find out more here.
- The European Space Agency’s (ESA) 2022 Living Planet Symposium, which is held every three years, will take place on 23–27 May 2022 in Bonn, Germany. The symposium is organized with the support of the German Aerospace Center (DLR).
UPCOMING LIVE DEMO
A guide to mission control for small satellites
On Wednesday the 11th of May we're hosting a live demo on KP Labs' flight software reliability and the Oryx OBCS.
Today's small satellites are becoming increasingly powerful, versatile, and high-performing systems capable of carrying out a wide variety of functions and mission applications.
This increase in complexity is placing a greater burden on flight software validation and verification activities. According to different researches, around 20% of CubeSats experience the death on arrival (failure from the very first day of the mission) and 33% of failures have unknown source. This highlights the importance of V&V and extended integration testing before launch.
To address these issues, Poland-based KP Labs has developed a modular on-board computer software SDK (software development kit) called Oryx, which is designed to easily test the flight software from the very early stage of mission development when there are no physical components present.
In this webinar, Oryx Software Lead Engineer, Marcin Drobik, will discuss the importance of effective flight software for satellites and share advice on how to implement modern protocols and tools into your mission.
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IHI Aerospace to launch two EO satellites using its Epsilon launch vehicle
IHI Aerospace (IA) has received an order for launching the small, synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites, QPS-SAR-3 and QPS-SAR-4, manufactured by the Institute for Q-Shu Pioneers of Space (iQPS).
The QPS-SAR-3 and QPS-SAR-4 satellites will be launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and IA will provide the satellite launch service with the Epsilon S launch vehicle, which is currently under development with JAXA. Find out more here.
This will be the first commercial launch opportunity for IA. QPS-SAR-3 and QPS-SAR-4 are being manufactured by iQPS and more than 25 partner companies in northern Kyushu and other parts of Japan. Under this contract, Epsilon will also carry the Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration-3 satellites which are being developed by JAXA
Following this commercial satellite launch order from iQPS, IA will reportedly accelerate its launch service for government/civil and commercial satellite launch missions by Epsilon S.
Reach Ten Communication partners with MEASAT for new satellite gateway project
MEASAT has collaborated with Reach Ten Communication on the new MEASAT-3d high throughput satellite (HTS) East Malaysia Gateway project.
The project will support the installation of a new nine-meter antenna at the teleport in Samajaya and will enable access to approximately 13Gbps of satellite capacity for Sarawak to power connectivity for over 3,000 additional rural sites in the state. Find out more here.
The East Malaysia Gateway is described as critical infrastructure that will support the goals laid out in the Sarawak post Covid-19 development strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030). Reportedly, the East Malaysia Gateway has been designed to provide both additional capacity and on-ground redundancy to the overall satellite infrastructure of MEASAT-3d.
The Asian region has recorded overall growth in satellite developments, as well as a significant rising demand for satellite solutions. Alongside MEASAT, companies such as Thaicom and Kacific Broadband Satellites are also keeping a close eye on the emerging opportunities.
Kacific, being a new player, has quickly established an appreciable presence in the Asian market. The company recently launched an enterprise backup service in the Asia Pacific region, which is designed to take advantage of the speed, efficiency, and flexibility of Ka-band satellite connectivity. Find out more here.
Case studies on propulsion in small satellite missions
On Wednesday the 4th of May we're hosting an in-depth webinar to share stories and insights from real examples of thrusters used on-board satellites.
6 different thruster manufacturers will take a deep dive into the use cases, engineering considerations, and real-world mission scenarios in which satellite thrusters are used.
The event will feature speakers from:
- Bradford Space
- SteamJet Space Systems
- Pale Blue
We think this will be a great opportunity to find out the precise technical considerations, real-world use cases, and proven benefits that in-space propulsion systems can bring to today's missions.
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HISPASAT and ENTEL have extended their agreement for DTH services in Chile
The Spanish satellite operator, HISPASAT, has reached an agreement with ENTEL, a Chilean telecommunications company, to extend their direct-to-home (DTH) service in Chile until the end of 2024.
This extended agreement capitalizes on the efficiency gained from HISPASAT’s acquisition of the signal management and transportation business of Media Networks Latin America in 2021. It has enabled the operator to provide a complete managed service that includes receiving, processing, and broadcasting channels, the required satellite capacity, as well as the electronic program guide (EPG) service and conditional access for content protection. Find out more here.
HISPASAT is one of the more prominent satellite operators in the region and has signed multiple agreements in the first quarter of 2022. The company has also launched the OTT platform as a service in collaboration with NAGRA.
In Q1 2022 the operator has also focused more on rural connectivity opportunities. HISPASAT has collaborated with internet service provider GlobalSat in the rollout of satellite connectivity hotspots in 500 remote towns in Mexico, including Durango, San Luis Potosí, Guerrero, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Zacatecas, and Sinaloa.
This project has been led by GlobalSat, which has provided its experience in integrating satellite solutions with WiFi technologies for rural communities in similar projects with federal and state governments. Find out more here.
Recent updates in the satellite communication market
- Inmarsat has launched a new Internet of Things (IoT) spectrum-leasing service for satellite IoT start-ups and organizations providing IoT solutions over satellite. Find out more here.
- Spacecom has been awarded a multi-million contract by Get SAT to support on-the-move satellite communication networks via the AMOS-17 satellite. Find out more here.
- SES and the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) are to access the MeluXina supercomputer for satellite communications applications. Find out more here.
- Kymeta and OneWeb enter a new agreement to distribute reliable, secure, and cost-effective broadband connectivity services to the U.S. government. Find out more here.
NASA selects satellite-based space launch tracking and command systems from Inmarsat
NASA has selected Inmarsat as a delivery partner for its Communications Services Project (CSP).
Inmarsat will demonstrate with NASA a variety of space-based applications, enabled by its ELERA worldwide L-band network, which will include capabilities for launch support, the launch and early operations phase (LEOP), Low Data Rate Routine Missions, and Contingency Mission Operations communications. Find out more here.
This collaboration will also develop new models that NASA can use to acquire commercial services for meeting its future needs, along with other potential service users.
Furthermore, NASA has also selected Northrop Grumman Corporation and Lockheed Martin Corporation for the Geostationary Extended Observations (GeoXO) Lightning Mapper (LMX) Phase A Study. The total value of each of the 20-month contracts is approximately USD5 million and the principal purpose is to provide a definition-phase study of a GeoXO LMX instrument. Find out more here.
The GeoXO mission is a collaborative partnership between National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. NOAA funds, operates, and manages the mission, while NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, manages the acquisition of the Phase A Formulation contracts.
Stories from organizations participating in the satsearch membership program.
ANYWAVES unveils the Compact S-Band TT&C Antenna. For more information on the product, click here.
ENPULSION has announced that it will provide ENPULSION MICRO R³ thruster for Blue Canyon Technologies’ Microsat as a part of the MethaneSAT mission. Find out more here.
Redwire Space announced that it has entered into a USD80 million common stock purchase agreement with B. Riley Principal Capital, LLC to further support its growth strategy through initiatives such as accretive acquisitions and internal investments, to bolster working capital, and/or for general corporate purposes. Find out more here.
WARPSPACE has signed an agreement with the GCE Institute to jointly conduct research and development of "Ambient Power Generation Devices" for space applications. Find out more here.
Job opportunities in the space industry
A list of job vacancies from companies participating in the satsearch membership program:
A few updates from satsearch:
Join us for the Texas Instruments TechMatch Live Space business pitch event
Space startups across Europe today have access to a variety of opportunities to pitch their unique offers to major industry stakeholders.
In June, Texas Instruments is holding just such an event, and we are delighted to have been invited to help judge the entries, alongside Airbus Defence and Space, ESA BIC Bavaria, and ESA BIC Northern Germany.
The Texas Instruments TechMatch Live Space event is a one-day business pitching contest and networking session, where innovative space startups can meet industry representatives and discuss their offers.
To find out more, and sign up for the event, please view this page.
Satsearch at the Geospatial World Forum 2022
The Geospatial World Forum (GWF) will be held from 10th to 12th May 2022 in Amsterdam, preceded by the GeoBuiz Europe Summit on 9th May.
GWF is a geospatial industry platform that connects professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. GWF 2022 aims to showcase "Geography and Humanity", tracing the historical relevance of the geospatial profession, illustrating its current value, and setting the tone for the future direction of the sector.
GeoBuiz Europe Summit is a one-day exclusive event that offers a B2B platform for the European Geospatial Community to exchange, engage, and collaborate.
Satsearch COO Narayan Prasad will be speaking at and attending both of these events, where a wide range of topics will be discussed, including geospatial startups, commercialization, and knowledge utilization.
Click here for more details and to register for these events.
Share your thoughts on the space industry
As the landscape for space procurement is changing rapidly, satsearch is undertaking a study to canvas the status quo and provide insights into the general experiences of space engineers to the global community.
We would like to invite you to share your thoughts and experiences on procurement in today's commercial space industry in this short survey (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete). Click here to access.
Here's our overview of recent updates to the global marketplace for space on satsearch.com: