The Pelican Earth-imaging constellation is shown by Planet

Planet debuted Pelican Earth-imaging satellites with “extremely high resolution” and aims to integrate SAR (synthetic-aperture radar) into the Planet Fusion Monitoring data stream. The announcements were made on October 12 at the opening of Planet Explore 2021, an event for Planet’s clients, partners, developers, as well as data product end consumers. Officials from the company… Continue reading The Pelican Earth-imaging constellation is shown by Planet

Maxar submits a protest against the procurement of satellites by the Space Development Agency

Maxar Technologies challenged the Space Development Agency’s solicitation for 126 satellites by filing a complaint with Government Accountability Office (GAO) on October 8. SDA published a request for proposals on August 30 for Transport Layer Tranche 1 – a low-Earth orbit mesh network of tiny communications satellites set to launch in 2024. The deadline for proposals was October 8,… Continue reading Maxar submits a protest against the procurement of satellites by the Space Development Agency

The Polish Armed Forces have enlisted the help of industry collaboration to imaging nanosatellites

A consortium created by local space industry stakeholders will build three nanosatellites which are going to be operated by country’s armed services and deployed into orbit in 2024 under the recently established Polish Imaging Satellites (PIAST) project. Creotech Instruments, Poland’s top privately-owned space industry participant, was commissioned as part of the consortium to develop the three… Continue reading The Polish Armed Forces have enlisted the help of industry collaboration to imaging nanosatellites

After an issue at launch, a Chinese satellite is presently operational

Shiyan-10, the Chinese satellite is fully operational, some three weeks after an incident during launch looked to have resulted in the spacecraft’s demise. China deployed the experimental satellite, Shiyan-10 on a Long March 3B spaceship from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on September 27, however, no successful announcement was made. The payload reached a geosynchronous transfer orbit, which… Continue reading After an issue at launch, a Chinese satellite is presently operational

The industry still has work to do to make data analytics less reliant on human oversight

In the quest to turn imagery into useful data for decision-makers, the geospatial intelligence business has gone a long way. But, according to Scot Currie, who serves as the chief solutions architect at the Earth observation startup BlackSky, there is still a lot of work to be done to make machines capable of extracting insights from raw… Continue reading The industry still has work to do to make data analytics less reliant on human oversight

For commercial imagery providers, the NRO establishes licensing and cybersecurity standards

The National Reconnaissance Office’s roadmap for incorporating commercial satellite imagery into the hybrid space architecture, that does include both government and commercial satellites, places a premium on cybersecurity and permits that enable the organization to share data with the partners both outside and inside the United States government. Via operational agreements with Maxar Technologies, BlackSky, and Planet,… Continue reading For commercial imagery providers, the NRO establishes licensing and cybersecurity standards

The demand for LEO satellites differs from that for GEO satellites, according to satellite servicing businesses

According to satellite maintenance technology developers, clients in the geostationary orbit and beyond are expected to be interested in refuelling and life extension. In contrast, low Earth orbit operators are looking for end-of-life disposal services. Businesses and organizations working on different satellite servicing approach stated “they anticipated LEO constellation companies to seek their services to keep… Continue reading The demand for LEO satellites differs from that for GEO satellites, according to satellite servicing businesses

SpaceX places a premium on collaboration with other satellite operators

SpaceX said it is working very closely with a diverse variety of satellite operators to guarantee safe space operations, two years after a close approach of the Starlink satellite with the European Space Agency satellite frightened some in the space business. In September 2019, the European Space Agency (ESA) stated that it had adjusted the Aeolus Earth… Continue reading SpaceX places a premium on collaboration with other satellite operators

Northrop Grumman is preparing to introduce a new satellite-servicing robot for the commercial and government markets

Two Mission Extension Vehicles from Northrop Grumman are currently in orbit, offering station-keeping solutions for 2 Intelsat geostationary satellites, which were running out of fuel. Meanwhile, the business is getting ready to deploy a new servicing vehicle featuring a robotic arm that is going to put propulsion jet packs on satellites that are nearing the end of their lives.… Continue reading Northrop Grumman is preparing to introduce a new satellite-servicing robot for the commercial and government markets

Orbit Fab will launch a propellant tanker to refuel geostationary satellites

On the lunar lander mission of SpaceX Falcon 9 scheduled for late 2022 or even early 2023, Orbit Fab, a startup that provides space refueling, will deploy a propellant tanker to the geostationary orbit. “Most of our customers, particularly the intelligence community and the Department of Defense, are interested in geostationary orbit,” Orbit Fab Chief Executive Officer Daniel Faber informed… Continue reading Orbit Fab will launch a propellant tanker to refuel geostationary satellites