OneWeb announces Clarus Networks as distribution partner for UK and Northern Europe
OneWeb has added UK-based Clarus Networks, a communication solutions service provider, as the distribution partner to deliver high-speed, low-latency communications services across the UK and Northern Europe.
The partnership will mainly serve industries such as construction, utilities, and energy to improve operational productivity, health and safety, asset tracking, environmental monitoring, and crew scheduling, along with keeping remote employees well connected. It is also designed to enable a fiber-like experience to benefit end-users, offering high-speed, low-latency internet access, especially in remote areas.
Clarus Networks is a UK-based company specializing in mobile private networks, 4G and LTE/5G internet, distributed antenna systems, and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite internet services. Through the OneWeb partnership, the company will further expand its reach across multiple industries and is aiming to create a nexus of high-speed connectivity solutions for commercial enterprises. Find out more here.
OneWeb’s expanding sphere of partnerships and collaborations is potential evidence that the company is securing its business quite well in advance of moving to full operation with its LEO satellite broadband services. The company’s primary goal has been to serve the connectivity demands of commercial enterprises in polar regions, but with emerging competitors such as SpaceX’s Starlink, Telesat, and Amazon’s Project Kuiper, the company has started extending its arm across the globe, with India being one of its key business hotspots.
Recently, OneWeb also signed a distribution agreement with Telespazio to deliver services for commercial and government customers across Europe. The partnership will reportedly focus on meeting customer expectations in terms of quality, performance and budgets to enable new usage, improve mobility and bring additional flexibility for end-users. With a huge number of partnerships already in place, OneWeb could potentially emerge as one of the stronger LEO satellite operators serving the connectivity demands of commercial, government, and defense customers. Find out more here.
US and six other nations jointly release Combined Space Operations Vision 2031
The United States, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the UK have jointly released the Combined Space Operations (CSpO) Vision 2031.
The CSpO aims to generate and improve cooperation, coordination, and interoperability opportunities to sustain freedom of action in space, optimize resources, enhance mission assurance and resilience, and prevent conflict. The initiative will also accelerate and improve the participating countryies' ability to conduct combined military space operations, as responsible space actors, in order to maintain security and prevent escalation in space and on Earth. Find out more here.
As prominent space powers and allies of the United States are a part of CSpO, it includes several areas of participation in order to achieve shared goals, from a global security perspective. These include:
- Development and operation of resilient and interoperable architectures
- Enhancing command, control, and communications capabilities and other operational linkages among CSpO participants
- Fostering responsible military behaviors in space
- Collaborating on strategic communication efforts
- Sharing intelligence and information
- Professionalizing space cadres and training
Ongoing military space technology developments are signaling a wave of cooperation between both space powers and space-faring nations. CSpO is one of the initiatives that has brought together Five Eyes Intelligence and non-Five Eyes partners under one umbrella to maintain security in both space and earth. As the defense departments of several nations are looking towards space as a potential asset for national security, it is also equally important to share capabilities and ensure smooth cooperation among allied nations. Therefore, initiatives like CSpO will be setting a new benchmark to further enhance military space cooperation in this decade.
Brazilian Space Agency and AWS to support innovation and growth in the regional space sector
The Brazilian space agency Agência Espacial Brasileira (AEB), and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a statement of strategic intent and cooperation to support innovation and the continued growth of the country’s space industry.
The agreement will primarily help Brazil to enhance its space sector as well as create a strong foundation for economic and growth opportunities in Latin America. With this cooperation, AEB and AWS aim to focus on three specific areas:
- Space collaboration for the economy & development
- The AWS open data sponsorship program
- Policy, strategy, and regulatory support for space development
Brazil’s current efforts in the space segment will receive an uplift to further accelerate the development of space assets and create more commercial opportunities for space start-ups. The country already hosts a spaceport, known as Alcântara Space Center, located near the Equator, which enables spacecraft to reach orbit using less propellant. With AWS supporting Brazil’s space activities, it will further help the nation to strengthen the sector at both the national and regional levels. Find out more here.
Latin America is one of the key emerging satellite services consumer markets in the world, along with Asia and the Middle East. The continent is a commercial hotspot for several well-known European and American satellite operators like SES, Eutelsat, ViaSat, etc. While Brazil remains one of the biggest satellite broadcasting markets in Latin America, its recent investments in the space sector, as well as partnerships with prominent players like AWS, are gradually helping the nation to diversify its space and satellite services segment. Considering the current global commercial opportunities, Brazil will potentially also help lead other Latin American countries in the New Space sector.
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NanoAvionics to build a nanosatellite bus for UNSW’s satellite innovation laboratory
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has selected NanoAvionics to build a nanosatellite bus for UNSW’s satellite innovation laboratory. Under the contract, NanoAvionics will deliver a fully tested and assembled 6U nanosatellite bus M6P. While the payload integration for laboratory testing, modifications, and mission operations validation will be carried out by UNSW.
The integration will consist of a GNSS (global navigational satellite systems) payload named “Harry v2” along with two Kea GPS receivers, a multi-experiment GPS hardware that is designed, built, and tested by the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER), UNSW and General Dynamics, New Zealand.
NanoAvionics’ M6P nanosatellite bus consists propulsion system and is optimized for IoT, M2M, ADS-B, AIS, other commercial and emergency communication applications, and scientific missions. The company’s recent lineup of customers is diverse and having entered emerging space markets like Australia opens up opportunities to further explore and engage in regional space business development. Find out more here.
MBRSC selects SteamJet for its first PHI-Demo mission
UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has announced the Payload Hosting Initiative (PHI)-Demo mission, under which a 12U modular satellite platform will be designed in partnership with OQ Technology and SteamJet Space Systems.
Along with an Internet-of-Things (IoT) communication payload, the mission aims to test Steam Thruster One, an electrothermal propulsion system developed by StreamJet. The system’s capability to consume less power and customize its water tanks size and shape to meet the mission requirements is one of the key reasons the company was selected by the MBRSC.
The mission is set to launch in Q4 2022. MBRSC’s PHI is a strategic initiative for the NewSpace sector. Under the initiative, there are several more collaborations that are expected to align with growth opportunities in the market. Find out more here.
Space Inventor offers hosted payload service and signs new agreement to develop tech for monitoring military threats
As part of the ESA Pioneer programme Space Inventor is undertaking the Edison In-Orbit demonstration mission. The CubeSat will serve as a payload hosting platform for paying customers to obtain flight heritage for new satellite avionics and technologies. Find out more here.
The company is also working with DTU (Technical University of Denmark) and Thales in Denmark to develop new technology which can monitor and identify military threats in space and on Earth. Read more here.
Redwire successfully delivers wired cameras for Artemis III as part of its production contract with Lockheed Martin
Redwire has successfully delivered the first set of wired cameras for Artemis III, the first crewed Moon landing mission of the Artemis program. The cameras are a part of its production contract with Lockheed Martin for the Orion Camera System, an array of internal and external inspection and navigation cameras developed for NASA’s Orion spacecraft. The Orion Camera System, developed by Redwire, is being delivered under the Orion Production and Operations Contract, which NASA awarded to Lockheed Martin in September 2019. Redwire is also responsible for the production and testing of 11 of 13 cameras and video system hardware for the Orion spacecraft.
The 11 internal and in-vacuum cameras that make up the Orion Camera System include wireless cameras positioned on each of Orion’s four solar arrays, which allow in-flight inspection of the entire spacecraft from the docking hatch to the main engine. The Orion Camera System also includes an Optical Navigation Camera, which utilizes machine vision to determine Orion’s position and velocity relative to Earth. Redwire’s contract with Lockheed Martin adds Artemis missions III through V, with options for Artemis VI through VIII. This follow-on contract, awarded in March 2021, leverages the successful initial development and delivery of camera system hardware to Lockheed Martin for use on Orion for NASA’s Artemis I and II missions. The complete Artemis III delivery of cameras, controllers, antennas and associated cables is scheduled for the first half of 2022. Find out more here.
SkyLabs to provide on-board computer and remote terminal unit equipment for Elecnor DEIMOS
SkyLabs, a Slovenian space engineering solutions company, has signed an agreement with Elecnor Deimos, a Spanish space, aerospace, and defense company, to provide On-Board Computer (OBC) and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) equipment for DEIMOS’ standalone AOCS (Attitude and Orbit Control System) product.
SkyLabs’s solution for AOCS products is based on a NANOhpm-obc and picoRTU system. The NANOhpm-obc is a high-performance OBC, one of the first solutions with a RISC-V fault-tolerant processor, while the picoRTU system is based on distributed intelligence that showcases the use of modern design techniques, facilitating higher modularity and interoperability of satellite equipment, and thus enabling scalability of actuator and sensor interfaces according to mission needs. SkyLabs solutions are designed to meet the high-performance needs of LEO missions. Find out more here.
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