NewSpace in Europe #3: Space Data is the new Oil!

NewSpace Update️

Focus: Small Satellites

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

„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.

Nanoracks Smallsat deployment – Credit: Nanoracks

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)

In „A Comets Journey“ you have to choose the correct trajectory to collect items. This could be a satellite who has to collect space debris. (Link for Playand App Store)

Have a great time,
Albrecht Köhler

Upcoming Events:

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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NewSpaceVision – Fresh out the box: Updates about NewSpace in Europe #1

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

a lot is going on in the NewSpace sector nowadays and there are many opportunities in front of us. That is why we are planning to publish this content fortnightly in which we highlight a few NewSpace topics with a focus on the European Sector. This time we are going to focus on funding.
Feel free to share this new product! 🚀

NewSpace in Europe

Funding
Rocket launches are getting cheaper and cheaper. Orbex, a European space launch company based in UK, developed an innovative fuel tank architecture. The new technology could reduce the dry mass by 30% compared to traditional technologies. In July 2017 Orbex won the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument award.

Orbital Access brings objects into space in a different way. They will use a fully re-usable horizontal take-off launch system with maximum payloads of 500kg. They recently got a 200.000€ contract with ESA as part of its Two-Stage-To-Orbit (TSTO) technology program. Furthermore Orbital Access announced that they will open a headquarter in Malta in a few weeks. From a geographically perspective a wise decision.

ThrustMe is developing an electric propulsion that is more efficient than still existing ones. They claim to be able to double the thrust of a regular miniaturized electric propulsion system at only 40 percent the size. ThrustMe raised 1.7million€ from Kima Ventures and a collection of U.S. and European angel investors.

Current and NewSpace Business Fields
Source: BMWI

Around the Globe

A good message from Africa, especially considering a space topic. It makes me smile when I read that Ghanasat-1 was released from the ISS at the 7th July 2017. „It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space,“ the product coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said. Hopefully there is still a lot to come.

Read the full article

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NewSpaceVision #5 – Lab Visit @ Astro- und Feinwerktechnik [15.12]

This is the 5th edition of our NewSpaceVision/NewSpace MeetUp and also a very special one. At 18.15 on the 15.12 we will have the chance to visit the facilities of one the biggest space hardware manufacturers in the Berlin aera and a industry leader in its field:

Astro und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof

astro-_und_feinwerktechnik

The company offers a wide range of space products and services and does a lot of the pre fligth testing themselfe, so they are the perfect company for an interesting Labaratory tour!

Special Feature: After a presentation from the companiey’s CEO Dr. Sebastian Scheidings and the tour the company sponsors free Glühwein (mulled wine)!

Because of the limited space we also have a only a limited contigent for participants. Please register under the following link: https://goo.gl/FFPJ6w

Hope to see a lot of you at the last NewSpaceVision Event of the year 2016!

The Event:

  • Laboratory Tour@ Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH
  • Date/Time: 15.12.2016 @ 18.15
  • Please register here.
  • Location: Kekuléstraße 4, 12489 Berlin

[Next Event: Planet Labs, 31.01.2016]

All the best,

Sven Przywarra.