„Data from space is the oil of the 21st century“ said Rolf Densing (Director of Operations and Head of ESOC). I would like to take this quote as an occasion to illuminate the Smallsat Business. For a little introduction check out an articleby Utah Public Radio (the Small Satellite Conference takes place each August on Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah, USA).
As you can read here the market forecast for Small Satellites is promising.In addition I have found a free report by Spaceworks for you here.
NewSpace in Europe
It is said that more satellites are built in Glasgow than in any other European city. At least the Glasgow based StartUp Clyde Space has developed a CubeSat with ultra-sensitve „cold atoms“ to accurately map slight changes in gravity across our planet’s surface.
Recently they have comissioned a ground station to be able to control and monitor the satellites throughout their journey in space.
The Suisse company ELSE SA got an initial 2,5 million € funding for its ambitous Astrocast project. In 2021 they want to get 64 satellites into space to build an IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (Machine to Machine) communication network.
Around the Globe
In contrast to Cislunar Explorers – who plan to seperate water into hydrogen and oxygen on-satellite and use it as propellant – students from Purdue University (Indiana, USA) use water itself as propellent.
LISA Pathfinder was using thrusters by Busek Company who have confirmed that they have passed a critical design test for iodine filled thrusters.
Prof. Ben Malphrus, Principal Investigator of Morehead State University’s Lunar IceCube mission said: „It’s a game-changing technology for the whole CubeSat community.”
On 1. August 2017 PacSci (Pacific Scientific) was testing its MAPS (Modular Architecture Propulsion System) rocket motors in a sun-synchronous, 515 km polar orbit operation. Instead of tanks, valves, tubing or heaters the company uses a different technology.
Finally I leave you with two App recommendations in which the correct thrust is very important. The first one is inspired by the SpaceX Falcon rocket landing and is called „Landing Confirmed“. (Link for Play and App Store)
Have a great time,
On September 3rd from 10am to 5pm we will start with a morning boost session together with h-aero at the DroneMastersConvention. There you can see a presentation next to the flying h-aero. The convention will take place at the Trabrennbahn Berlin Karlshorst.
We have organized a limited free ticket contingent for 50 NSV attendees. They are valid for the entire event. You can visit the following drone marathon and the ceremony with the Federal Minister of Economics, Brigitte Zypries. You can find the links to tickets which are free for the first 50 attendees in our Meetup group.
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