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How satellites can help to mitigate the risks of mining

21 August 2022

Ground movements and deformation pose major risks to the safety, stability, and efficiency of mining operations. Conventional monitoring techniques using total station equipment have been around for a long time, but they are known to have high incremental costs and can only be conducted in a limited number of locations. Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) techniques have proven to be a cost-effective and accurate solution that makes it possible to monitor ground movements with high precision and frequency, making mining safer for everyone.

How satellites can help to mitigate the risks of mining

Abhinandan Arya, Senior Applied Scientist & Applied Science Manager, Synspective

Abhinandan Arya, Senior Applied Scientist & Applied Science Manager, Synspective

Why invest in NewSpace and why now?

17 August 2022

In 2021, investors poured US$15.4 billion into the NewSpace market. Another US$7 billion was invested in Q1 of 2022. Citi Group recently predicted the global space economy will top US$1 trillion by 2040. Why such a huge push—just for short-term ROI? Although that’s what most investment groups concentrate on, I assure you the NewSpace players now being funded are aiming much higher.

Why invest in NewSpace and why now?

Christopher Alfenito, Principal Consultant at A.I.M.

Christopher Alfenito, Principal Consultant at A.I.M.

A deliberately different approach to hiring solutions

17 August 2022

It’s no secret that companies in the satellite and space industry are in constant need of talent. But finding the right person to fit the bill requires much more than simply matching a resume to a job description. We spoke with Bert Sadtler, Founder and President of Boxwood Strategies, and asked him to unravel the complexities of recruiting in today’s competitive environment.

A deliberately different approach to hiring solutions

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Equalizing access to microgravity experiences

19 July 2022

As we approach what many experts believe to be a space tourism boom, parabolic microgravity providers are seeing a new wave of interest. Thrill-seekers, astronauts-in-training, and academics are seizing upon zero-gravity simulation experiences in anticipation of the NewSpace era maturing. Zero-G Corporation is one such provider and their business is rapidly expanding. Michelle Peters, Director of Research and Education at the company shares the business’ position in the growing space ecosystem.

Equalizing access to microgravity experiences

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

The power of NewSpace startups

13 July 2022

With tech trailblazers like Bezos, Musk, and Branson fueling space economics, the investment community has fast developed a fascination for NewSpace startups. With powerful ideas and a great potential for growth on the horizon, Shagun Sachdeva, Founder of Kosmic Apple believes we’re likely to see more big moves from the sector, but there are still lessons to be learned.

The power of NewSpace startups

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Benchmark Space Systems makes space more accessible

28 June 2022

Benchmark Space Systems offers scalable, launch vehicle agnostic propulsion products and services for a wide range of spacecraft—from 3U CubeSats through ESPA-class (3-500kg) satellites, lunar landers, spent launcher stages, and orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs). The company’s Halcyon high-test peroxide (HTP)-based propulsion system has successfully performed mission-critical manoeuvres aboard government and commercial missions on three satellites, and its Halcyon Avant green bipropellant thrusters will power Spaceflight’s Sherpa-LTC OTV. We spoke with Chris Carella, EVP of Business Development and Strategy, to get the lowdown on Benchmark’s current and future trajectory.

Benchmark Space Systems makes space more accessible

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Bringing space down to Earth – How the UK is nurturing the green space revolution

28 June 2022

As the global space industry begins to truly flourish, it is beginning to attract the attention of environmental activists, who are understandably concerned about the cost the planet pays for our satellites and spacecraft. With the proverbial rulebook on space business waiting to be written, we find ourselves at a pivotal juncture, with the opportunity to normalize sustainable practice in space before we start making mistakes. The UK has been a haven of this “green space” narrative and has the potential to disrupt the unsustainable markets we see influencing budding space economies.

Bringing space down to Earth – How the UK is nurturing the green space revolution

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

How do we address the growing importance of Space Defense?

25 June 2022

Vyoma offers space traffic management services to satellite operators by means of global ground-based sensors that provide real-time tracking. The company plans to extend its network with the deployment of observation satellites equipped with onboard cameras that will monitor dangerous space junk and debris in LEO. Machine learning algorithms will then be employed to deliver automated collision-avoidance procedures for its clients’ satellites. With protection and sustainability at the heart of its business model, Vyoma is in the perfect position to discuss the importance of space defense.

How do we address the growing importance of Space Defense?

Luisa Buinhas, Co-founder, Vyoma

Luisa Buinhas, Co-founder, Vyoma

Reaching key objectives more quickly than ever before

21 June 2022

Comtech has a significant focus and investment in cybersecurity solutions and capabilities. The result is a range of applications and capabilities that run the gamut from secure networking to Comtech’s next-gen high-speed TRANSEC card. With modernization a top priority for the US Department of Defense (DoD), Comtech is committed to enabling government agencies and defense forces to reach those key objectives more quickly than ever before. Daniel Gizinski, President of Comtech Satellite Network Technologies, Inc. details the company’s strategy for ensuring those users have secure satcom solutions that are failsafe and easy to use.

Reaching key objectives more quickly than ever before

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Lowering barriers and unlocking compatibility

19 June 2022

Isotropic Systems has had a series of announcements in pursuit of a better standard of compatibility across communications. With ST Engineering iDirect, Teledyne, and Spacebridge collaborations already under their belt, they plan to simplify communication flexibility even further in mission-critical fields. Brian Billman, Chief Marketing Officer explains Isotropic Systems’ approach.

Lowering barriers and unlocking compatibility

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Global Military Communications

Laurence Russell, Associate Editor, Global Military Communications

It’s showtime!

19 June 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is in the final stages of calibrating its science instruments, having already completed its million-mile journey to the second Lagrange (L2) point where it will orbit for the next 5 to 10 years. Launched on December 25, 2021, aboard an Arianespace Ariane5 rocket, JWST has deployed its sunshield and mirror, cooled, and aligned its telescope, and tested its ability to track a nearby object. Just weeks from now, JWST will be transmitting images and spectra that will alter our understanding of the universe.

It’s showtime!

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Prime sustainability

19 June 2022

The combined market cap of the top five Prime contractors in the US is close to US$500 billion which provides some idea of just how big their environmental footprint is. All five companies—Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Technologies, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics—currently have environmental stewardship and social responsibility woven into their business practices. What’s more, they provide the world with a detailed overview of their accomplishments and long-term goals on a yearly basis in the form of an annual Sustainability or Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) report. We share some of the highlights from the 2021 reports and invite you to take a close look at them on our website.

Prime sustainability

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group

Crispin Littlehales, Global Contributing Editor, Satellite Evolution Group