Viasat to provide in-flight connectivity solutions for Breeze's complete Airbus A220-300 fleet
Breeze Airways has selected Viasat to equip its complete Airbus A220-300 fleet with high-speed in-flight connectivity (IFC). This will be Breeze’s first aircraft model to feature Viasat connectivity solutions and is expected to enter service in October 2022.
Breeze hopes that Viasat’s advanced IFC services will help to make travel more digitally enabled and accessible. For this IFC service, Viasat will deploy its high-capacity, Ka-band satellite network, and is developing a solution designed to give passengers the ability to enjoy high-quality entertainment and streaming content, as well as stay connected at every stage of the flight.
The operator also hopes to serve capacity that meets high service demand in certain geographical areas throughout the day, such as busy airport hubs or popular flight routes during peak travel hours, regardless of how many Breeze guests or crew are connected to the network. Find out more here.
Satellite connectivity solutions have been well adopted by several industries, but the demand for the aviation and the marine sector is rising; primarily due to the consumers’ growing demands (and, often, expectations) for consistent, high-speed connectivity in more areas of life.
Viasat is a prominent player in this area and has established a presence in multiple communication verticals. The company’s vertically-integrated technology allows them to optimize the connectivity pipeline from end to end, aimed at delivering an IFC service that mirrors the experience consumers have on the ground.
Acme AtronOmatic plans to launch a constellation of 250 satellites
ACME AtronOmatic, a US-based mobile applications software development company, and the creator of MyRadar weather app, has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch the satellites.
Scottish PocketQube manufacturer, Alba Orbital, has provided PocketQubes, and Kongsberg Satellite Services is to provide ground station services for the first batch of Acme satellites.
The constellation will reportedly consist of 250 or more weather satellites, which will also help the company to demonstrate new technologies to roll out its new product lines.
The first batch of the prototype satellites is set for launch in April 2022 on Rocket Lab’s Electron launch vehicle from New Zealand. This prototype launch will hopefully validate some of the company’s key hardware components for its upcoming hyperspectral orbital remote imaging spectrometer (HORIS) commercial constellation; which is expected to be launched later this year. Find out more here.
Acme’s satellite constellation will also incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to create a fusion of products for the company’s federal, military and commercial customers. The satellites will also enable Acme to integrate new and unique services into the company’s popular MyRadar weather app that is currently in use by tens of millions of consumers today.
ElevationSpace raises $2.7 million
ElevationSpace, a Japan-based space startup has raised a funding round of USD2.7 million from six different investors. Including the startup’s pre-seeding funding, its total investment amount is now approximately USD3 million.
Genesia Ventures, Plug and Play Japan, Tohoku University Venture Partners, Innovations and Future Creation, MAKOTO Capital, and Leave a Nest Capital, are the six seed round investors. Find out more here.
ElevationSpace aims to develop a space environment utilization and recovery platform to replace the international space station (ISS). With its latest funding round, it will accelerate the development of the ELS-R100, a technical demonstration satellite that is scheduled to be launched in 2023.
The ELS-R100 is an experiment to cultivate euglena provided by Euglena Co., a renowned Japanese biotechnology company, to utilize it as a future food and energy source in space.
If this experiment is successful, it will be the first case of a Japanese spacecraft bringing back living organisms from space and it will be a major step towards Japan's human spaceflight development. Find out more here.
Simultaneously, the funding will also help the company to focus on building an organizational structure for the R&D and business development of the ELS-R1000, a service-providing satellite scheduled for 2026.
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JAXA selects SpaceCloud by Unibap
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has ordered a SpaceCloud iX5 computer and iX10 development equipment, manufactured by Unibap, in order to evaluate its use for future missions. The order is due to be fulfilled by the end of March 2022 and is being enabled by the company NASAM Inc, an ALL CLEAR Company which works as a local distributor and reseller for Unibap in Japan and South Korea. Find out more here.
ReOrbit to attend the SATELLITE 2022 Conference
The conference is taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, from 21st to the 24th of March 2022. If you would like to arrange a meeting with ReOrbit and discuss the company's software-defined satellite platforms and other work in space, please click here to contact them.
Job opportunities in the space industry
Lombiq searching for a business leader for Hastlayer
Hungary-based technology and software development firm Lombiq Technologies is looking for a commercial leader to head up the company's Hastlayer project. Hastlayer is designed to transform software into electronic circuits, enabling faster and less powerful systems onboard satellites. Find out more about this opportunity here.
Reflex Aerospace is looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
The business is looking for a CTO to help lead their space and NewSpace offerings in the coming years. The business is looking for a leader aware of current technological trends and familiar with software development as well as hardware concepts. Find out more here.
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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 sign up below to secure your free spot:
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A new article on Space Enhanced Plastic for integrated circuits
Space Enhanced Plastic (Space EP) integrated circuits, manufactured by satsearch member Texas Instruments, are developed to provide radiation protection in LEO missions or for missions with shorter lifetime requirements. In a new article on the satsearch blog this week, developed in collaboration with Texas Instruments, we take a deep dive into this technology and its manufacturing process.
We review the typical integrated circuit (IC) quality levels, the challenges ICs face in space, advice on upscreening electronic components, and the benefits that Space Enhanced Plastic products can bring to relevant missions. You can view the post here.
The portfolio of satsearch member NanoAvionics has been extensively updated with new details added to several products including:
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