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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 in the last week.
- Kartik (stepping in for Hywel this week)
European Space Agency, EC, Eumetsat, and ECMWF are set to create a digital replica of Planet Earth to explore the effects of climate change
The European Commission (EC), European Space Agency (ESA), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat) officially launched the Destination Earth (DestinE) initiative; which reportedly aims to develop a digital model of Planet Earth that will monitor and predict environmental change and human impact.
In this initiative, ESA will be mainly managing the data flow across DestinE. Simultaneously, Eumetsat will be responsible for the multi-cloud data lake underpinning DestinE, while ECMWF will be responsible for the digital twin engine.
DestinE is expected to allow its users to explore the effects of climate change on the different components of the Earth system, together with possible adaptation and mitigation strategies. Find out more here.
Earth Observation (EO) data is crucial to analyze the effects of climate change. From emergency management to analyzing the after effects of natural calamities, EO data has helped governments, agencies, and companies to effectively plan and deploy counter strategies during the emergency events.
The commercial space sector has been at the forefront of the industry, making satellite imagery more affordable and helping create actionable insights from the existing data. In recent years, the demand for Synthetic Aperture Eadar (SAR) data and solutions has also been rising; mainly due to its capabilities to provide insights during the night. Synspective Inc., a Japanese SAR satellite data and solutions provider, raised USD100 million in a funding round led by Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Nomura SPARX Investment, Inc. and Pavilion Capital Pte. Ltd. Find out more here.
Lockheed Martin Space and Spideroak are developing a cybersecurity platform to secure data across the space data supply chain
Lockheed Martin Space's Mission Solutions business unit and SpiderOak Mission Systems have collaborated to develop a cybersecurity platform for securing data across the space data supply chain.
SpiderOak’s OrbitSecure solution is specially designed for space platforms to secure all data types over untrusted infrastructure, including both unencrypted networks and commercial operators. OrbitSecure is built on SpiderOak's Distributed Ledger Platform (DLP), a blockchain and encryption software development kit that allows space developers to embed zero-trust security at the application layer. Both companies have signed an agreement to field key components of the SpiderOak OrbitSecure platform. Find out more here.
In this collaboration, Lockheed Martin will use its extensive experience with end-to-end mission operations for orbital satellite systems to support the full integration of the new OrbitSecure technology into practical satellite management.
Lockheed Martin’s recent line up for collaboration displays a diverse range of plans for the space business unit. Among its various ongoing projects, Callisto is a collaboration between Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco. The Callisto technology demonstration payload has been integrated into the Orion spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis I uncrewed mission to the Moon and will test and demonstrate the potential uses of technology for deep space voice and video communications. Find out more here.
Sandvine to support Inmarsat’s ORCHESTRA network under multi-year contract
Inmarsat has selected Sandvine’s Application and Network Intelligence in its OpenStack Private Telco Cloud to support Inmarsat’s upcoming ORCHESTRA network.
The new contract builds up on the existing relationship between the companies. Sandvine’s machine learning-based application classification and single-pane visualization into the cloud will enable Inmarsat to enhance traffic management capabilities and customer experience with greater scalability and lower costs. Find out more here.
The ORCHESTRA network is primarily targeted at the mobility sector to serve customers with high-speed connectivity. Unlike other Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellations, ORCHESTRA aims to integrate the company’s existing satellite infrastructure and create a high-capacity network for mobility customers worldwide.
Inmarsat’s business footprint in the mobility sector is growing, and the company’s recent plans to combine its expertise with Viasat will further strengthen its plan for new business models. The company also recently made its prominent FleetXpress services, a high-speed satellite communication solution, available to shipyards. Under this service, Inmarsat will enable the delivery of FleetXpress capability to shipyards during vessel construction. Find out more here.
Teleport Access Service and ABS enter multi-year satellite capacity deal
Taiwanese satellite service provider, Teleport Access Services (TAS), has signed a multi-year capacity deal with ABS to broadcast Hwazan TV channel via ABS-2 satellite at 75° East.
Hwazan Satellite TV channel was launched in 2003 and it is broadcasted 24 hours a day in Mandarin Chinese. The channel has expanded its reach beyond Taiwan and five major continents of the world. It features programs about Buddhism and its culture, music, education, and entertainment. TAS will distribute the channel on the ABS-2 satellite across multiple regions. Find out more here.
In the age of rising demand for Over-The-Top (OTT) platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, iFlix, etc, satellite TV still remains a traditional mode of video content consumption for the majority of Asian population. While emerging technologies have started redefining the satellite TV business, the industry has also begun looking towards creating strong demand for hybrid content consumption.
Canal+ Group, a French mass media company, which also prominently uses satellite services for its Direct-To-Home (DTH) platform has also started offering multiple OTT packages with monthly and annual subscriptions. Such hybrid offerings are further paving the way for new business models and simultaneously helping existing traditional TV consumers to gradually adapt to the new technologies. Find out more here.
Aphelion Aerospace secures investment from multiple strategic investors
Aphelion Aerospace, a US-based satellite launch service and solutions provider, has announced that the company received significant investment from strategic investors including the Mercury Group, Founder Advisors, and Richtr Financial Studio.
With this latest investment, the Aphelion team will reportedly accelerate the development of their suborbital launch vehicle technology demonstrator.
The company has plans to conduct low-altitude suborbital demonstration launches by the end of 2022 to prove out their green, non-toxic, non-cryogenic propulsion technology in flight. Find out more here.
The growth of NewSpace launch solutions have enabled commercial companies to experiment and demonstrate innovative technologies that are low-cost as well as environmentally friendly. As the satellite launch market is expanding, there is also a significant rise in the number of electric propulsion companies. Recently, the United Nations (UN) adopted a provision to phase out the use of mercury as a satellite propellant by 2025 during the fourth meeting of the conference of the parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury, held from 21 to 25 March 2022 in Bali, Indonesia.
According to the Norwegian Government’s research paper submitted to the UN, “Mercury is one of the cheapest and easiest to store propellants for electric propulsion. While some mercury released in Low Earth Orbit may escape Earth’s gravitational field, mercury emissions originating from many common orbital maneuvers will return to Earth.” Find out more here.
A few stories from our valued members:
- EnduroSat is offering 10% off on all solar panels currently. The company has a wide range of solar panels for satellites ranging from 1U to 6U. For more information about EnduroSat's solar panels, click here.
- University of Brasilia’s Alfa Crux satellite, a mission supported by Alén Space, NanoAvionics' customers using MP42 microsatellite bus, and Omnispace Spark-1 satellite using ANYWAVES’ payload user antennas, were successfully launched on the Transporter-4 mission of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. For information on the mission, click here.
- SATLANTIS announces strategic investment from Encino Environmental Holdings to accelerate the commercialization of its satellite-based greenhouse gas (GHG) monitoring technology and develop new products and services for the North American market. Learn more here.
- CubeSpace CEO, Mike-Alec Kearney, has been selected among other distinguished thought leaders to participate as speaker in the NewSpace Africa Conference to be held in Nairobi, Kenya from 25 to 27 April 2022. More information here.
- Dragonfly Aerospace selects Plan-S Satellite and Space Technologies Inc. from Turkey as winner of the Caiman Imager Award program. For more information, click here.
- SatRevolution will provide and operate a satellite platform for the Australian Space Manufacturing Network (ASMN). As a part of the program, the company plans to build a nanosatellite factory in Australia. Read more here.
Job opportunities in the space industry
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A few updates from satsearch:
Episode 34 of the Space Industry podcast is now live!
Maciej Ziaja (Machine Learning Software Engineer at KP Labs) discusses the development and use of machine learning in space. We discuss:
- The factors driving the increase in adoption of on-board data processing (OBDP) and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities on satellites
- Examples of how algorithms and processing tools can support different missions
- Advice on how to integrate hardware and software for AI use
- Predictions on where such advances could take NewSpace in years to come
Find it now on all major podcast platforms and here on our blog.
Ka-band transceivers, transmitters, and receivers for satellites
Ka-band satellite communication sub-systems are increasingly being used for the effective receiving and transmitting of data between the ground and space in the frequency range of 26 to 40 GHz.
In a new roundup article on the satsearch blog last week, we explore how satellite Ka-band communications systems work, provide some advice on how to select the best system for your needs, and share details of 23 commercial products from 11 different global suppliers.
Click here to view the piece.
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: