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

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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 – Updates about NewSpace in Europe #2: Moon

Focus: Moon

Dear NewSpaceVisionaries,

this time we stare to the moon. It has gotten a lot of attention in the last few days. Not only is moon dust the object of desire and was sold for 1.8$million but also the solid-gold model of a lunar module which has been stolen from the Neil Armstrong Museum in Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Nevertheless, these are objects with less monetary value if you compare the futuristic ambitions of states (RussiaEuropeChinaUSAIndiaJapan) or companies (Space XGoogle – GLXPBlue OriginPartTimeScientistsAstroboticBigelow Aerospace) that are planning to visit the moon in the near future. What do they desire and what is their plan? A few answers gives this well researched and summarized article by Ersialia Vaudo Scarpetta, astrophysicist at ESA. Another article from TheConversation.com discusses the moon as a gas station and how we could use it. Wow, a lot of input in the beginning today …

Now let´s have a look on past moon related news.

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The futuristic ambitions I have mentioned above need well tested techniques and technologies you have to rely on. That is why moonlike testbeds for robots are so important. ESA is testing a few robot iterations on Tenerifian soil. The Rover Autonomy Testbed (RAT) is part of ESA’s Lunar Scenario Concept Validation and Demonstration (LUCID) project and is led by the Spanish aerospace company GMV.

The DLR is doing research on how to use moon dust for future habitats. In an interview Prof. Matthias Sperl describes how printed regolith could look like and how far they have come with their work.

3D printed bricks made of moon dust. Image credit – DLR

To place a lander and two rovers on the moon and establish a communication and transport infrastructure is the long term focus of the Berlin based PT Scientists. Robert Böhme and his team are now seeking for partners in the Middle East.

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Upcoming Events in 2017

Dear NewSpace Visionaries,

our second period from October 2016 to February 2017 was a huge success with more than 250 active attendees. We want to thank everybody for taking part in NewSpaceVision and all the inspirational conversations. In the third period starting in April 2017 we´ll continue with awesome presentations, lab visits and hacking events. Until now we can officially announce the following companies and events.

  • 0n 1st of April we gonna visit the Part Time Scientists to see the Audi lunar quattro.
  • Airbus is going to tell us more about their NewSpace activities
  • The awesome company hybrid airplane is presenting their new flying concept H-aero which we may see flying on Mars and will definitely see here on Earth.
  • With our Earth Observation Hacking session we both (Sven and Daniel) will show you what our company Weisser Sand Erdbeobachtung is doing and how you can analyze satellite data and build your own company. Laptops gonna heat up at this session.
  • High temperature superconducters may change the world and the space industry. We´ll hear a presentation with the current status of this technology.

We are in talks with more companies and organizing the dates. If you want to get informed automatically when the events are going to happen you should sign up for our newsletter follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook.

You will read some articles from Tom Segert, the co-founder of Berlin Space Technologies. And we are proud to have a lot high level podcast guests who will tell us more about NewSpace and Entrepreneurship.

Last but not least we want to recommend a few events and awards we are also visiting and that are awesome. If you are thinking about starting your own space company there you can apply with your ideas or find a lot of important people of the space industry to connect with.

See you soon NewSpace Visionaries,

Sven and Daniel

 

NewSpace in Germany: Planet‘s Berlin Office presents its activities

Tom Segert is one of the most prominent and inspiring personalities in the German space sector. He co-founded the company Berlin Space Technologies and uses an agile and innovative approach to develope and build satellites. Under the title New Space in Germany he already published several articles on his LinkedIn page, you can find the whole series here, Kindly we are able to republish some of this articles on newspace.vision. Enjoy!

A view forward – A view back.

Many things are moving in Berlin. A number of initiatives towards NewSpace have been kicked-off in the last year. One of them NewSpace Vision is an active player organising a series of meetings with top speakers from key players of the industry. NewSpace Vision (www.newspace.vision) has been founded by Sven Przywarra and is co-organised by Daniel Seidel. Both Sven and Daniel are good friends and very active in their vision to make Berlin the leading NewSpace Hub in Germany.

If you are in Berlin I encourage you to visit their meetings or if you have an interesting company active in NewSpace make contacts, the guys are happy to give you a forum to present the awesome things that you are doing.

Planet in Berlin

Yesterdays Highlight was the visit of Mr. Vitale head of Planet’s Berlin office. Planet has an office in Berlin since they have acquired the RapidEye Constellation from Blackbridge in 2015. The presentation in the usual Planet splendour focused on the vision to image the whole world every day and by this create actionable information. What I found interesting is that each of the Doves have today a 100Mbit/s X-Band transmitter which downloads data to 26 receiving stations all over the world. This is a pretty impressive feature for such a small satellite and the whole constellation. As commercial feasibility is always dependent on how many pixels you can download this potentially increases profitability.

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