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In these emails we share trending stories from the industry along with insights from our work building 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.

HISPASAT to provide satellite internet service for tele-education project in Panama

Spanish satellite operator, Hispasat, is collaborating with the government of Panama to provide a satellite internet service to a school equipped with a tele-education system.

The pilot project is being implemented in the Plan de Chorcha Educational Center, located in one of the country’s most mountainous regions of Panama, Ngäbe-Buglé. Simultaneously, HISPASAT will also set up a wifi service for the community, which will allow the entire rural community to connect and access the information online. Find out more here.

Hispasat is a prominent European satellite operator, and one of many companies interested in the plethora of business opportunities in Latin America. With its recent contribution to rural and educational connectivity projects, Hispasat will potentially increase its interests across various civil markets for years to come.

Hispasat has also signed an agreement with NAGRA, a Switzerland-based digital security and media solutions service provider, to develop a wholesale over-the-top (OTT) television solution. With this solution, pay-TV operators, Internet service providers (ISPs), and regional content companies will be able to offer their clients a high-quality, multi-screen entertainment service that is distributed through the internet, without having to roll out their own infrastructure.

Under this agreement, NAGRA will provide its OpenTV Video Platform and Harmonic’s VOS®360 cloud streaming solution, which will enable Hispasat customers to promote, curate, and monetize content. On the other hand, Hispasat will provide the video processing infrastructure at its teleport located in Lurin, including the receipt of linear and on-demand content, as well as its coding and publication. Find out more here.

Intelsat and Safaricom sign a multi-year LTE and cellular contract

Intelsat, has signed a multi-year contract with a Kenyan mobile network operator, Safaricom, to expand its LTE network coverage and provide cellular backhaul over satellite and enterprise connectivity services.

In this contract, Intelsat will also ensure secure coverage across Kenya; especially in the remote regions of the country. Reportedly, Safaricom’s LTE service will enhance connectivity for the 68.9% of the Kenyan population that lives in rural areas. Find out more here.

Intelsat is one of the operators recording appreciable amounts of revenues, but who at the same time has held significant debt in the past decade. Since the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 it has signed multiple contracts with a wide range of customers. Having set on a more progressive path, the operator is now gradually strengthening its presence across several continents, mainly in Africa and the Middle East.

Intelsat recently also placed a multimillion-dollar order for Gilat Network’s SkyEdge IV Taurus modems, signaling the operator’s expanding footprint in the in-flight connectivity market. SkyEdge IV is a scalable, next-generation, software-centric SATCOM ground system designed for multi-orbit constellations and very high throughput satellites (VHTS). With Gilat’s SkyEdge IV Taurus modems, Intelsat hopes to deliver high-quality IFC capabilities to its customers with an enhanced user experience. Find out more here.


Join us for a free demo on how to automate satellite missions

On March 30th we're hosting a free live demo of MiRAGE, AIKO's satellite automation software package, with Paolo Madonia. MiRAGE is an advanced onboard software for satellite automation, developed to limit inefficiencies of the common human-centric approach to satellite operations (such as latency, limited communication windows, and long reaction times to events).

MiRAGE is designed to augment a satellite's ability to detect and react to unexpected events. It proactively sets mission goals and plans the mission schedule. MiRAGE allows the satellite to become entirely independent from ground control. In the event, Paolo will present MiRAGE's main features and discuss requirements compatibility and benefits.

Please click here to secure your free spot


ICEYE to provide real-time high-resolution flood data to Fermat Capital Management

ICEYE has entered a strategic collaboration with Fermat Capital Management to provide near real-time flood hazard data and support R&D to counter other natural disasters.

Under the agreement, ICEYE will provide Fermat with high-resolution flood data for large-scale events. This will include information on flood extent and flood depth at the building level. ICEYE’s ability to provide granular hazard and damage data through the world’s largest SAR satellite constellation, and various auxiliary sources, will also support the exploration of new potential use cases, including wildfire-related events. Find out more here.

Satellite resources are crucial for mitigating natural disasters, as well as helping manage the development of regions post-disaster events. Companies like ICEYE are paving the way for governments, agencies, organizations, and companies to overcome many obstacles in the disaster management domain.

ICEYE is also one of the leading synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite operators in the world. The company recently raised a USD136M Series D funding round from prominent players such as BAE Systems and Kajima Ventures. ICEYE will use this funding to grow its natural catastrophe solutions and to further develop its satellite constellation and technology, reducing time to access and increasing the visiting frequency of its satellites.

The company will also make further investments towards its growth globally, particularly its analytics services, which include artificial intelligence and machine learning. Find out more here.

SES extends connectivity solutions for climate mission in Antarctica

SES has announced that it will provide high-performance satellite connectivity services on board an expedition vessel; for the participants of the Antarctica expedition of the 2041 Foundation.

SES will leverage a C-band beam on the SES-6 satellite to provide connectivity, aiming for speeds reaching up to 50 Mbps. Speedcast is providing the managed service for the expedition, including onboard equipment, hub, teleport, backhaul, and customer support. It is hoped that the connectivity will help the participants remain connected throughout the expedition, enabling them to share the reality of climate change in real-time. Find out more here.

The expedition, comprising a group of 150 participants from all walks of life, has a bold mission to preserve Antarctica and to help reduce the impact of climate change by 2041, by raising awareness of climate action and its importance to everyone across the globe.

SES has recently implemented a new Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) agenda and an ambitious set of ESG targets. Under its ESG strategy, SES is supporting the 2041 Foundation and aims to play an active role in the efforts of the international community to reduce environmental impacts. Find out more here.

GMV signs new contract with INTA for corrective maintenance of the ground segment

GMV has signed a new contract with INTA (Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial) for the corrective maintenance of the main elements of its ground segment related to the PAZ satellite, a Spanish earth observation and reconnaissance satellite launched in 2018.

The new contract also includes corrective maintenance of other ground segment elements, including the flight dynamics system (FDS), the mission control system (MCS), the mission planning system (MPF), and the mission user services (MUS).

The PAZ satellite is a part of Spain's National Earth Observation Program (PNOT). It is primarily designed for surveillance applications, high-resolution mapping, border control, tactical support in foreign missions, crisis and risk management, natural disaster assessment, environmental control, and maritime environment monitoring.

GMV was brought on board as supplier of the mission control center, including all aspects of platform planning and image acquisition, orbital control, satellite pointing and management, as well as monitoring of onboard equipment and communications of the PAZ satellite. The company was also the supplier of user management and radar image distribution system. Find out more here.

Member news

A few stories from our valued members:

Alén Space is one of the key sponsors for the 4th SSEA - Barcelona 2022
Alén Space, a satellite solutions provider specializing in small satellites, is one of the key sponsors for the 4th Symposium on Space Educational Activities (SSEA) in Barcelona, organized by the European Space Agency’s Education Office. The SSEA provides opportunities for university students, professionals working in education, and other young professionals to present and discuss their experiences related to space technology. Find out more here.

BST's achievements were recently highlighted in the latest issue of Adlershof Journal
Berlin Adlershof Science City’s March-April 2022 issue of the Adlershof Journal featured Berlin Space Technologies (BST) and discussed the company's achievements. Find out more here.

Bradford Space tops SpaceFund’s 'reality ratings'
Bradford Space achieved the highest rating in SpaceFund’s reality rating for in-space transportation and propulsion companies. The SpaceFund Reality (SFR) rating is designed to provide investors, customers, regulators, media, and the industry itself with a quick guide and assessment of players, old and new, in various sub-sectors of the space industry. Find out more here.

Dimac Red's partner FMI launches new series of radiation-tolerant crystal oscillators
Dimac Red’s key partner Frequency Management International (FMI), a manufacturer of frequency control and timing solutions for extreme environments, has launched a new series of highly reliable and radiation-tolerant crystal oscillators. These crystal oscillators provide single event latch-up (SEL) performance developed to rival traditional Hi-Rel space solutions. One of its important features is a cost-optimized approach to mitigating mission-critical reliability needs. Find out more here.

Exotrail launches new version of ExoOPS™
Exotrail, a company specializing in electric propulsion systems, has launched ExoOPS™ – Mission Design 3.0.0 software. The ExoOPS™ system is a software-as-a-service product that helps engineers to design, simulate, optimize, and plan the operations of their satellite missions. Find out more here.

Infinity Avionics in finals of Australian Space Awards 2022
Infinity Avionics has been selected as a finalist in the startup of the year category at the Australian Space Awards 2022. Some of the other finalists alongside Infinity Avionics are - Internet 2.0, LeoLabs Australia, Mareekh Dynamics, Nominal Systems, and Quasar Satellite Technologies. Find out more here.

NewSpace Systems releases part 1 of a video series on its new manufacturing facility
NewSpace Systems' CEO, James Barrington-Brown, gives a short tour and explanation of the company’s manufacturing facility, along with some insights on the future of the company. Click here to watch the full video.

Unibap to set up SpaceCloud testbed at the AI ​​Sweden Edge Lab in Gothenburg 
Unibap AB has received funding of 4 MSEK million from the Swedish National Space Agency (SNSA) to set up a SpaceCloud testbed at the AI ​​Sweden Edge Lab in Gothenburg called SpaceEdge. As part of the SpaceEdge project, Unibap will provide equipment and training for AI Sweden's members.

The SpaceEdge project is a long-term partnership between Unibap and AI Sweden, and the first development phase of the testbed will take place from April 2022 to April 2023. It aims to be an internationally leading site for the development of AI applications for space, and open new possibilities to test data-driven commercial ideas and applications in space. Find out more here.

Job opportunities in the space industry

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


Meet our members

SatShow 2022 is currently underway in Washington DC, USA. A number of our members are attending and below you can find links to submit meeting requests to each of them:  

Our news

A few updates from satsearch:

The Space Industry podcast is back
Last week we kicked off season 2 of the space industry podcast with a discussion with Alexander Telle, CEO of satsearch member ACM Coatings GmbH of Acktar Ltd. on the uses of optical coatings and foils for space hardware.

We covered:

  • How black coatings are leveraged in space missions
  • Qualification and testing requirements for NewSpace missions
  • What satellite camera manufacturers need to consider in order to enhance optical performance
  • Recommendations for designers of star trackers and other optical sensors for satellites

Find the episode on all good streaming platforms as well as here on our blog.

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

View footage from our recent webinar on microsatellite platforms
We recently published footage of the event on Youtube as well as here on the satsearch blog. Take a look at in-depth presentations and hear first-hand insights from manufacturers of microsat class platforms and buses today.

Find your next customer here

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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