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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.

Hughes' JUPITER system will support PSN Group’s very high-throughput satellite in Indonesia

The PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), an Indonesian satellite operator, has selected the Hughes JUPITER system to enable services on the Nusantara Lima very high-throughput satellite.

In this agreement, Hughes will help to power 100 Gbps of capacity across Indonesia and nearby countries using eleven JUPITER system gateways. Through this technology integration, both Hughes and PSN will bring internet access to people living outside the reach of terrestrial broadband networks. Find out more here.

The agreement between the two companies follows after Hughes Network Systems, along with Kratos, was selected among the prime ground segment suppliers for the Nusantara Lima network in March 2022. In addition to choosing Hughes' technology as the ground platform for several satellites, PSN utilizes JUPITER equipment to power community Wi-Fi hotspots across Indonesia. Find out more here.

PSN Group’s recent agreement is an example of the company’s growing focus on connecting remote populations, especially in areas where terrestrial connectivity is also unable to provide appropriate access to internet services. The company has mapped both space and ground assets to further enable the smooth rollout of the services.

PSN Group recently also signed an agreement on the Hot Backup Satellite development project. It aims to support Indonesia in entering the digital era and position the country as one of the largest satellite capacity providers in Asia by 2023. Find out more here.

Viasat selects Clear Blue Technologies to power satellite-based connectivity in Nigeria

Viasat has selected Clear Blue Technologies’ Nano-Grid and Pico-Grid power products for its satellite-based community internet sites in Nigeria.

Clear Blue’s new line of products, Pico-Grid, is designed to offer a clean energy solution and has the potential to support thousands of customers in both the satellite and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. It uses Clear Blue’s cloud-based, smart, off-grid systems and hardware architecture, designed specifically for IoT and Wi-Fi/satellite internet applications. Find out more here.

Viasat’s community Internet solution aims to connect locations where large gaps exist between demand and the affordability and availability of internet services. The operator has signed multiple agreements in the past month signifying its expanding global business footprint. One of its recent satellite-based community projects also includes a partnership with the Košice Region of Slovakia to provide free high-speed internet to Ukrainian refugees in Eastern Slovakia. Find out more here.

Viasat has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Batelco, a digital solutions provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The MoU aims to focus on the potential commercialization and distribution of satellite broadband connectivity to businesses in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

It will also see the organizations explore other potential service opportunities including:

  • Hybrid connectivity solutions combining satellite and terrestrial broadband for businesses
  • Corporate local area network (LAN) extension services to remote offices using satellite broadband connectivity
  • SD-WAN services to optimize the delivery of business applications over multiple access networks
  • Temporary satellite broadband connectivity for special projects, events or disaster relief efforts
  • Mobile-to-mobile and IoT B2B applications
  • Use of satellite connectivity for mobile backhaul to remote sites. 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
  • Exotrail
  • Pale Blue
  • NanoAvionics
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.

Sign up here to secure your spot 


Novelsat’s multi-purpose video gateway selected by multiple satellite operators and media broadcasters to empower media delivery networks

NOVELSAT, an Israeli content connectivity solutions provider, has announced that its new multi-purpose video gateway, NOVELSAT Xstream, has been selected and deployed by multiple satellite operators and media broadcasters to empower media delivery networks.

The NOVELSAT Xstream is designed to increase operational efficiency and address the needs of multi-connectivity satellite networks requiring an end-to-end video gateway. It consists of a high-density architecture incorporating multiple satellite modulators/de-modulators, supporting the NOVELSAT NS4TM waveform, as well as standard DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X. Find out more here.

Reportedly, several leading satellite operators and media broadcasters have selected NOVELSAT Xstream for their satellite video networks.

In March 2022, NOVELSAT also received a multi-million dollar award to provide the ground network for a major Earth Observation (EO) constellation. The project also included the provisioning of NOVELSAT Xstream multi-purpose gateways in multiple ground stations around the world, providing hundreds of image data downlinks for the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Find out more here.

Farmonaut and Troforte Innovations to provide satellite based crop monitoring in Australia & New Zealand

Farmonaut, an Indian agricultural technology and satellite imagery service provider, has partnered with Australia-based fertilizer company Troforte Innovations to provide satellite-based crop monitoring services to farmers in Australia and New Zealand.

The company aims to map over 1 million hectares of farmland by the end of this year in order to monitor crop health, water stress, evapotranspiration, soil organic carbon, weather forecasting, and so much more, using the technology provided by Farmonaut. Find out more here.

Satellite-based EO applications for agriculture have grown and improved over the years and are emerging to be one of the most promising technology areas for providing valuable information for downstream customers.

With increasing demands to increase operational efficiencies, and effectively manage emergency alerts, the EO sector has reached new levels of innovation for the downstream market; particularly in terms of data analytics and information services. Along with agriculture, EO applications are also proving to be beneficial for several other sectors, such as maritime, infrastructure management, urban development, disaster management, and defense.

Recently, an American synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator, Capella Space, announced three new integrated analytics capabilities into its image-tasking web application - Vessel Detection, Change Detection, and Global Change Monitoring. With these new products from Capella Space, customers can task and collect high-resolution SAR imagery on demand, as well as gain automated insights into the imagery. Find out more about these products.

EarthDaily Analytics establishes the Support Ukrainian Farmers Coalition (SUFC) and provides free-of-charge agricultural geoanalytics to Ukrainian farmers

EarthDaily Analytics (EDA), a satellite data processing and analytics company, has announced the launch of the Support Ukrainian Farmers Coalition (SUFC). The group is a global coalition of industry, NGO, and governmental partners working together to support to the farmers of Ukraine.

The SUFC’s initial efforts have focused on providing free-of-charge agricultural geoanalytics to Ukrainian farmers spanning over seven million acres, enabling them to optimize production in the resource-scarce environment imposed by the ongoing war.

A collaboration between the Ukraine-based agro-consulting company Agrilab and EarthDaily Analytics has also helped establish this coalition, paired with cutting-edge geoanalytics and data processing tools. Find out more here.

This collaboration has further made it possible for Agrilab to provide immediate and direct support to agronomists, partners, and ultimately the Ukrainian farmers. By expanding the SUFC network, the partners are hoping to bring diverse resources and unique capabilities through collective action; which will ultimately help counter several challenges in Ukraine’s agricultural sector.

Organizations interested in partnering with SUFC or parties looking for additional information about the coalition and its efforts are encouraged to visit the dedicated page of the EarthDaily Analytics website here.


Member news

Stories from organizations participating in the satsearch membership program.

ReOrbit and TransAstra have signed binding contracts for initial spacecraft development and orbital logistics services. For more information, click here.

Acktar Ltd (ACM Coatings GmbH) will be attending LASER World of PHOTONICS in Munich Germany from April 26-29 (Booth B6.339). Find out more here.

Exotrail has officially released the firm’s new, in-space, mobility service which is delivered by their SpaceVan™, a unique Orbital Transfer Vehicle (OTV). The SpaceVan™ mission will launch onboard a Falcon 9 rideshare mission in October 2023 following a launch service agreement signed between Exotrail and SpaceX. And at least three subsequent missions are planned throughout 2024 onboard multiple different launchers. Find out more here.

AIKO won as the best startup of the year at the first edition of the Innovation Forum organized by FORTUNE ITALIA. For more information, click here.

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) wins the TRISKEL Mission Award from Alén Space. Find out more about the award here.

Alén Space will be showcasing its latest developments and upcoming projects at CubeSat Developers Workshop (CDW) 2022 and the 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities. For more information, click here.

DcubeD (Deployables Cubed GmbH) will be presenting and showcasing its products at the CubeSat Developers Workshop from 26 to 28 April in California, USA. Find out more here.

Borealis Data Center and Leaf Space have collaborated on a new ground station in Blönduós, Iceland. Find out more here.



Job opportunities in the space industry

A list of job vacancies from companies participating in the satsearch membership program:


Our news

A few updates from satsearch:

De-orbiting technologies for satellites
This week on the satsearch blog we published a new roundup up of active and passive end-of-life systems on the global marketplace.

The article discusses how de-orbiting systems work, and their importance to today's missions, and lists out what options are available on the market today.

Take a look at the article here.

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

Member updates:

Other updates:
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We have received many new requests from buyers all over the world, looking for space products and services from across the value chain - so there might be something your company could help with.

Take a look at the latest business opportunities on the satsearch website.

Thanks for reading, and stay safe and healthy!

Hywel at satsearch
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