Four Hyperspectral Satellites Launched by China


Photo taken on April 26, 2018, shows a Chinese Long March-11 carrier rocket lifting off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Jiuquan. China on Thursday sent five Zhuhai-1 remote sensing satellites into space on a single carrier rocket.

Photo is courtesy of Xinhua/Wang Jiangbo.

Four hyperspectral satellites and one video orbiter developed by Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology Co were launched by China on April 26, joining two Zhuhai-1 smallsats in a growing constellation — this quartet is to improve the spatial resolution and data acquisition capabilities of the group. The satellites were rocketed from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region at 12:42 am, aboard a Long March (CZ-11).

The hyperspectral satellites OHS-01, 02, 03, and 04 will be able to complete a full scan of the planet’s land surface every five days, while viewing a specific area multiple times daily. This spectral information provided will be helpful in the quantitative analysis of remote-sensing data and allow for more accurate identification of ground objects, according to a designer from Zhuhai Orbita Aerospace Science & Technology Co in Tangjiawan. The technology has been widely used in resource management, environmental protection, city governance, ecology, agriculture, forestry, anti-terrorism, finance, and insurance, among other areas.

Also named Qingkeda No 1, OHS-01 was developed in cooperation with Qingdao University of Science & Technology. The OHS-03 satellite is also known as Guiyang-1. The satellites resulted from an effective industry-university-research collaboration, with support from the governments.


Second-group Zhuhai-1 satellite

Photo is courtesy of Zhuhai Orbita.

The video satellite OVS-2 has a relatively high spatial resolution of .9 meters (3 ft.) and 22.5 km. (14 miles) in the coverage of images obtained. Its ground resolution can reach .9 meters, even at an altitude of 500 km. (311 miles). High-performance processor chips and large-capacity memory, independently researched and developed by Orbita, ensure smooth operation.

This is China’s first independent private operator of a satellite constellation, with two video micro-satellites in place by June 2017. According to the company, another five satellites will be sent into space by the end of this year.

Article source: China Daily


For all involved in the satellite and space industry and the various market segments that add value to these dynamic environments, the 2020 SmallSat Symposium is truly worth your consideration for attendance.

The 2020 SmallSat Symposium starts on February 3, 2020, with workshops, then the Conference runs February 4 to 6 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The SmallSat Symposium is hosted by Satnews Publishers which, since 1983, has been a provider of a satellite news, media and events. This information packed forum was created to enable you and your company to secure a larger portion of market share as well as to take part in the next stages of your company’s or organization’s growth.

The personal connections at the SmallSat Symposium enable attendees to network with established organizations, subject-matter experts as well as ‘New Space’ entrants.

The SmallSat Symposium will focus on new technologies and the business environment that is shaping the implementation of smallsat constellations, smallsat launchers, the challenges facing the smallsat developer and actors as well as the enormous benefits of these advanced technologies that will benefit our world.

This event assembles more than 100 diverse speakers, all of whom possess deep industry experience. Additionally, numerous opportunities exist to mingle and network with peers while enjoying exceptional, complimentary meals and refreshment breakfast.

Learn more at this direct link…

NSR Notes: Small GEO Satellites — Viable Option… or Not?

Small GEOs – the latest solution in the long list of capacity options that operators are looking to implement. With rising competition in most countries, and decreasing break-even pricing via ever more efficient satellites and reduced launch costs, many operators see large GEO sats as quite risky for regional appetite.

To set the small GEO wheel moving, Astranis recently signed PDI as a customer and Ovzon placed an order with Maxar.  NSR also learned of several other operators considering small GEOs as a true option for specific capacity deployment and (perhaps more importantly) orbital slot protection.

Thus, enter the small GEO, averaging 300-1,000 kg., a price tag of $65 to $100 million and output of 10 to 30 Gbps — NSR set out to answer the following small GEO questions in detail:

  • Does it solve the HTS niche strategy problem? Selectively Yes
  • Does it solve competitiveness with respect to over-supply? To an extent, depending on player’s vertical leadership in the region
  • Does it give flexibility to prioritize regions? Certainly
  • Does it beat the large GEO birds on cost per Gbps? No, 2-3x as expensive

 

Before analyzing the above questions, below is a recap on major industry trends, as forecasted by NSR:

  • 4% CAGR for GEO-HTS supply growth till 2028
  • 50%-70% decrease in break-even pricing for medium-sized HTS satellites between 25 and 200 Gbps capacity
  • Focus on masses: most dollars to be generated via consumer broadband retail business
  • Focus on max dollars per megabyte: IFC sector to witness highest consumption increase per consumer (akin to cruise between 2015-2019 period)
  • SPs demanding flexibility over bandwidth aggregation to optimize leased vs. usable capacity

 


Figure 1.

How will small GEOs add value in this ultra-competitive marketplace? The break-even pricing metric gives a realistic estimate towards the total cost and capacity per satellite as seen in Figure 1:

Compared to VHTS systems with average break-even pricing at $12/Mbps/Mo (100 percent fill-rate theoretical assumption), this is high, and a break-even price between $33 to 50 per Mbps per month can only be competitive for regions with delayed VHTS capacity or with focus on high revenue per Mbps verticals.

Breaking out by lifetime, a more compact range towards feasible break-even pricing, and capacity per satellite can be brought out as described in the Figure 2.

With these parameters, NSR calculated the Lifetime Gross Profit Margin per satellite for 25 Gbps/8 years lifetime and 30 Gbps/6 years lifetime, against various average pricing scenarios. The exhibit below showcases preliminary expectations towards profitability for pricing levels expected during the 2021-2028 timeframe.

Notice the minimal profitability at $75/Mbps/Mo price level when Viasat and Hughes are expected to sell capacity below $30/Mbps/Mo with Viasat-3 and Jupiter-3 VHTS. This strongly indicates a preference towards verticals of high value; aka IFC, Maritime and Enterprise (Commercial/Govt).

The high value verticals indicate a reasonable ROI, as indicated in the chart below, for $100 to $150/Mbps/Mo price points. Small GEOs are expected to tread a thin line between creating value for customers (reduced CAPEX and time-to-market risk) and maintaining a high enough fill rate at low price points to register >65 percent EBITDA per satellite and lifetime gross profit margin between 40 to 50 percent.

Overall Benefits

  • Reduce CAPEX risk
  • Sell pre-launch, reduce sales OPEX, preferably with an anchor client and added benefit of low time-to-market
  • Could be used as a gap filler satellite by operators or SPs until VHTS economics kick in, and then diverted to a region with similar need
  • Opportunity for use towards video or Gov/Mil – fulfil need for smaller/dedicated satellites.

 

 

NSR’s small GEO cost-benefit analysis is skewed toward selective cases. A satellite, with $85 million total cost, a 7 year lifetime, 25 Gbps of capacity, at a mean 70 percent fill rate, could return ~40 to 60 percent lifetime gross profit margin (non-discounted) for a median $125/Mbps/Mo capacity price point.

With shortened lifetime, regional flexibility and low capacity — risk is reduced via small GEOs. Though, high system costs per Gbps and low margin trade-off between high fill rates and high price offerings could prove risky and can curtail enthusiasm towards small GEO choice. Maintaining a 60-70% lifetime average fill rate has been historically tough, thus any slow ramp-up may adversely affect profitability.

Ambitious service providers might find this option attractive, as network efficiency/usage flexibility could be best provided via a small GEO sat deployment. Reliance on higher profitability verticals (IFC/Maritime/Enterprise) to generate industry benchmark IRR will warrant regional leadership from players, otherwise gross profit margins are bound to suffer.

Does a profitable market exist? Definitely. With the same IRR as in the industry heyday? Less probable. Are they a reasonable alternative to VHTS for non-consumer applications? Absolutely, especially for niche markets. Would it enable individual asset specific buyouts? Looks custom built for it.

For a rundown on NSR’s Satellite and Space Infrastructure report and analysis offerings, select this direct infolink…

Article by Gagan Agrawal, NSR Senior Analyst, Mumbai, India

USAF Selects Ball Aerospace and Microsoft for LEO Constellation Cloud Processing Demo

Ball Aerospace and Microsoft have been selected to demonstrate agile cloud processing capabilities in support of the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Commercially Augmented Space Inter Networked Operations (CASINO) project.

The demonstration will show how simultaneous, worldwide data streams from large, distributed constellations of smallsats can be processed quickly using Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Ball Aerospace algorithms. Additionally, the demonstration will include a single downlink directly into a Microsoft data center using a Ball Aerospace phased array antenna.

Steve Smith, VP and GM, Systems Engineering Solutions, Ball Aerospace, said that together with Microsoft, the company will show how this type of data processing system, which leverages Ball phased array technology and imagery exploitation algorithms in Azure, is flexible and scalable — designed to support additional satellites and processing capabilities in the future. Overall, this type of data processing in the cloud can provide actionable, relevant information quickly and more cost-effectively to the end user.

The prototype effort, facilitated by the Defense Innovation Unit, will evaluate Ball Aerospace’s use of Azure as the cloud platform for CASINO to leverage Microsoft’s deep expertise in data protection, security and privacy. 

Tom Keane, Corporate VP, Azure Global, Microsoft, added that, essentially, this is the ultimate intelligent edge scenario, where massive amounts of data must be processed at the edge, whether that edge is in space or on the ground. This partnership with Ball Aerospace enables Microsoft to bring satellite data to ground and cloud faster than ever, leapfrogging other solutions on the market. This joint innovation in direct satellite-to-cloud communication and accelerated data processing provides the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Air Force, with entirely new capabilities to explore as they continue to advance their mission.

Microsoft Azure enables innovation with integrated cloud services, data processing and advanced analytics, and an open application platform that provides the building blocks to rapidly develop, deploy and manage intelligent solutions.

HawkEye 360 Selects Manufacturer for their Next Iteration of Smallsats

HawkEye 360 Inc. has awarded the manufacturing contract for their next generation of satellites.

Enabled by the company’s $70 million Series B financing in August, this contract will substantially boost on-orbit capacity to serve the company’s rapidly growing customer base. The contract will expand the constellation to eighteen satellites, achieving routine revisits of less than an hour for increased global persistence.

UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) will manufacture the bus and integrate the new RF payload developed by HawkEye 360. The satellites will geolocate more signals across a wider frequency range with improved accuracy and reduced data latency for more timely delivery to customers.


Artistic rendition of HawkEye 360 smallsats on orbit.

HawkEye 360 launched its current cluster of three satellites in December 2018 to validate the technology and inform continuous innovation for the next generation of satellites. Since achieving commercial operations in April, HawkEye has been working closely with customers to test and bring multiple products to market, such as RFGeo and RFMosaic. The RFGeo product identifies and maps the location of emitters (https://youtu.be/W9c2CSJ7d1w) and the RFMosaic product provides broad surveys of RF activity across a region of interest.

John Serafini, CEO, HawkEye 360, said the company is now quickly scaling the business to support customer demand. These next-generation satellites will improve the firm’s capabilities and expand the HawkEye 360 constellation for faster revisit rates, which translates into better insights for a safer world across maritime, air, and land domains.

Chris DeMay, Founder and CTO, HawkEye 360, added that the company selected SFL for its expertise and flight heritage. Their innovative work designing the company’s current satellites met all technical objectives, including reliably conducting formation flying maneuvers. Now, SFL will help HawkEye 360 bring this next stage of the constellation to completion.

 

 

 

More information about HawkEye 360 can be found at www.he360.com.

Open Cosmos and Consortium Develop ‘MANTIS’ Earth Observation Satellite

A new Earth Observation satellite was announced at the Earth Observation Phi-Week at the European Space Agency (ESA) center in Frascati, France. Here a unique consortium of specialized space companies announced the development of a new Earth Observation satellite called ‘MANTIS’. This name stands as an acronym for ‘Mission and Agile Nanosatellite for Terrestrial Imagery Services’. MANTIS will be the demonstration mission to jointly develop, build, launch and operate an innovative nanosatellite platform, flying a high resolution Earth Observation camera.

Open Cosmos envisions this MANTIS satellite to be the first of an aggregated constellation operated by Open Cosmos where customers will have access to diverse types and volumes of information depending on the number of satellites contributed to the constellation. This will enable organizations of all sizes and sectors to not only leverage their own space infrastructure (developed and managed by Open Cosmos) but also benefit from additional datasets and services from satellites that Open Cosmos manages and operates for others.

The project, funded under the UK Space Agency contribution to the ESA InCubed program, brings together the expertise of three space companies. Open Cosmos from the UK will provide the design, manufacturing, testing, launch and operation of the mission based on a new generation 12U spacecraft platform; Satlantis from Spain will build the high spatial resolution camera; while Terrabotics from the UK will use its novel data analysis to satisfy the needs of their energy and mining customers.

This first MANTIS satellite is particularly suitable for applications in the energy and mining sector. Companies in these sectors are increasingly carrying out more complex and expensive projects in search of resources, where up to 60 percent can be found in more remote, hostile and hazardous regions around the world. In addition, two thirds of major projects fail (i.e. over-budget or delayed) due to unforeseen risks and hazards as a result of inadequate upfront due diligence, planning and prior knowledge of the challenging operating environments. Actionable intelligence is of key importance and highly needed to be able to increase safety, be able to better plan and mitigate the risks of projects run by these industries.

The MANTIS satellite will address these challenges with periodic statistics reports on activity in the regions of interest, computed through the latest data processing and machine learning techniques on top of other data sets, such as Copernicus. The satellite will obtain images to feed these data processing algorithms in a revisit pattern that is optimized for specific areas of interest. The high resolution of these images will be complementary to lower resolution data that is already available from the Copernicus program.

Josef Aschbacher, Director of ESA’s Earth Observation Programmes, said that MANTIS is an example of how the European New Space sector supported by the ESA Investing in Industrial Innovation (InCubed) program can leverage world class European competences along the entire Earth Observation value chain, creating value in the fast-growing Earth Observation commercial sector designed to support specific business verticals.”

Beth Greenaway, Head of Earth Observations and Climate at the UK Space Agency added that the UK Space Agency is very excited to see this project get underway. It uses the expertise from innovative Earth Observation companies in the UK and the advice and expertise of the ESA experts to drive growth in the Earth Observation sector. She is looking forward to seeing the applications and use of these new missions.

Rafel Jordá Siquier, founder and CEO of Open Cosmos commented that Open Cosmos is very excited to work on this next generation Earth Observation satellite. This project shows that bringing together the best specialists in their fields, in this case Open Cosmos, Satlantis and Terrabotics, leads to great technical performance improvements of Earth Observation platforms, while at the same time significantly reducing time to orbit, complexity and cost of these systems.

Gareth Morgan, CEO of Terrabotics  stated that they are thrilled to be a part of the MANTIS mission. It is very exciting for them to have the opportunity to collaborate with the entire consortium on the development of an innovative, vertically integrated Earth Observation solution for application to the natural resources industry.

Juan Tomás Hernani, CEO of Satlantis  concluded that MANTIS is a major breakthrough to provide new cubesats with very high resolution native multispectral Earth Observation technology, delivering fast projects that will empower customers with real-time performance. Ecosystems proposals like Satlantis/Open Cosmos/Terrabotics is the new way that the sector responds to the GeoInformation needs of industry.”

Leaf Space and GomSpace Solutions Sign an MoU to Integrate Their Smallsat Solutions

Leaf Space and GomSpace will ensure that their respective solutions are fully integrated with each other, thanks to an MoU recently signed by both firms.

Leaf Space has integrated GomSpace transceivers in its Leaf Line Ground Segment service, which are now available to Leaf Space and GomSpace customers without integration fees.

GomSpace will be integrating the Leaf Space services with its Mega Constellations Operations Platform (MCOP) — made available for GomSpace customers through its Operations as a Service offering.
GomSpace and Leaf Space will ensure future compatibility and service availability by coordinating updates to API’s and firmware.

The collaboration is on a non-exclusive basis that allows customers to choose from compatible complementary services that best fit their mission needs.

Niels Buus, the CEO of GomSpace, said the company is pleased to continue to extend this integration with commercially available ground station networks — now including Leaf Space. With this collaboration, GomSpace will extend the operational capabilities of the firm’s Operations Service and increase the ground station coverage and availability for GomSpace customers through Leaf Space network.

Leaf Space CEO, Jonata Puglia, added that this is a valuable opportunity for the company to start a collaboration with a global and pioneering smallsat manufacturer and service provider. In addition to making the firm’s network compatible with GomSpace’s manufactured radios, Leaf Space will provide an immediately available ground segment service capability to broaden their portfolio. This will help potential customers find a complete solution for their mission while interfacing with GomSpace, assuring a reliable and consistent service thanks to the continuous work effort we will put into API and firmware updates, added to integration with the MCOP service.

Kleos Space is Off to a Successful Start in South America

Kleos Space S.A. (ASX: KSS, Frankfurt: KS1) has received its first South American pre-order, secured by regional expert Pierre Duquesne who was engaged in July 2019.

Pierre Duquesne, a Franco-German executive, was the former Managing Director for Airbus Intelligence in South America and has more than 20 years’ experience in the Regional Space Industry.


Artistic rendition of a Kleos Space Scouting Mission smallsat.

Image is courtesy of the company.

Kleos Space’s independent data solutions will provide defence, security and commercial users with access to a cost-effective daily geolocation intelligence to guard borders, protect assets and save lives. The Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF), the Latin American Development bank, suggests the outlook by 2040 for the maritime and port sector in Latin America and the Caribbean with an attractive environment for growth with planned investments over 45 billion euros in the coming decade.

Kleos’ RF Reconnaissance data products are available in three levels — Guardian RF, Guardian LOCATE and Guardian UDT. Kleos will start processed data delivery through its Guardian LOCATE Product. The multi-satellite Scouting Mission system will form the foundation of a constellation that delivers a global picture of hidden maritime activity, enhancing the intelligence capability of government and commercial entities when AIS (Automatic Identification System) is defeated, imagery is unclear, or targets are out of patrol range.

The first scouting mission is comprised of 4x smallsats built by GomSpace in Denmark, each the size of a shoebox.

Kleos’ CEO Andy Bowyer said the company is pleased at the rapid progress the company was able to make, thanks to Pierre in the short time since his engagement as the firm’s representative for the South American market. Kleos continues to pursue pre-orders as the company eagerly anticipates the launch of the Kleos’ Scouting Mission in Q4 this year.



For all involved in the satellite and space industry and the various market segments that add value to these dynamic environments, the 2020 SmallSat Symposium is truly worth your consideration for attendance.

The 2020 SmallSat Symposium starts on February 3, 2020, with workshops, then the Conference runs February 4 to 6 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The SmallSat Symposium is hosted by Satnews Publishers which, since 1983, has been a provider of a satellite news, media and events. This information packed forum was created to enable you and your company to secure a larger portion of market share as well as to take part in the next stages of your company’s or organization’s growth.

The personal connections at the SmallSat Symposium enable attendees to network with established organizations, subject-matter experts as well as ‘New Space’ entrants.

The SmallSat Symposium will focus on new technologies and the business environment that is shaping the implementation of smallsat constellations, smallsat launchers, the challenges facing the smallsat developer and actors as well as the enormous benefits of these advanced technologies that will benefit our world.

This event assembles more than 100 diverse speakers, all of whom possess deep industry experience. Additionally, numerous opportunities exist to mingle and network with peers while enjoying exceptional, complimentary meals and refreshment breakfast.

Learn more at this direct link…

“Fly Your Satellite!” Cubesat Program Announced by ESA for University Student Teams

ESA invites university student teams from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia that are developing a one, two or three-unit CubeSat with mainly educational objectives to propose their satellite for the new edition of the “Fly Your Satellite!” (FYS) program. 


Students performing checks on their CubeSat.

Fly Your Satellite! is an educational program for university students, created by ESA after the launch of seven university cubesats on the 2012 Vega maiden flight. Six teams participated in the first edition of the program, which concluded in 2016 with the launch of three satellites, while in parallel a pilot edition was undertaken to deploy a satellite from the International Space Station. The second edition of Fly Your Satellite! is currently ongoing since 2017, and participating university teams are advancing closer towards testing and launch. The call for proposals for the third edition is now open.

The aim of the program is to support university student teams throughout the design, assembly, integration, testing, and verification process of their educational cubesats. By participating in the program, students will implement standard practices for spacecraft development; receive support from experienced ESA specialists; attend tailored training courses; and will be offered access to state-of-the-art test facilities.


University CubeSat undergoing functional checks.

The program is part of the ESA Academy and will make use of dedicated facilities located at ESA’s Education Centre in ESEC-Galaxia (Belgium): the Training and Learning Facility, where training courses will be offered and which is also equipped with a Concurrent Design Facility; and the CubeSat Support Facility, a cleanroom laboratory with test facilities. 

For the current call, launch opportunities to LEO are envisioned. Teams should indicate in their cubesat Proposal the range of orbits to which they are compatible in terms of mission objectives, ground coverage, system performance, etc. Launches from the International Space Station may be offered within the program, and as those launches may be more readily available due to recurrent resupply flights, compatibility with the ISS safety requirements and orbit is strongly recommended.


CubeSat teams in training session.

Student teams can apply by submitting a proposal describing their cubesat project and demonstrating its maturity. Throughout the proposal, teams must show that the project is compliant with the programmatic and technical requirements of the Fly Your Satellite! program. 

Teams accepted into the program will work on different stages of the final design, assembly, integration, and verification of their cubesat and ground station, in preparation for the launch and mission operations. ESA specialists will guide them through the necessary processes and preparation of requested documentation packages and will evaluate the student team’s work. The program is structured in multiple phases, following the typical development cycle of a space mission, and student teams will need to pass project reviews to advance to each subsequent phase. The launch will be offered by ESA to those teams that demonstrate the readiness of their spacecraft and ground segment and compatibility with the technical and safety requirements. Once in orbit, teams are supported in the operational phase and will share mission data and technical or scientific results. 

This opportunity is open to university student teams from ESA Member States, Canada and Slovenia. To participate in the Fly Your Satellite! programme, consult the following pages: How to apply and Conditions to apply.

The submission deadline for proposals is October 13, 2019, at 23:59 CEST.

A Selection Workshop for the shortlisted teams is expected to occur in December of 2019 at ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


For all involved in the satellite and space industry and the various market segments that add value to these dynamic environments, the 2020 SmallSat Symposium is truly worth your consideration for attendance.

The 2020 SmallSat Symposium starts on February 3, 2020, with workshops, then the Conference runs February 4 to 6 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The SmallSat Symposium is hosted by Satnews Publishers which, since 1983, has been a provider of a satellite news, media and events. This information packed forum was created to enable you and your company to secure a larger portion of market share as well as to take part in the next stages of your company’s or organization’s growth.

The personal connections at the SmallSat Symposium enable attendees to network with established organizations, subject-matter experts as well as ‘New Space’ entrants.

The SmallSat Symposium will focus on new technologies and the business environment that is shaping the implementation of smallsat constellations, smallsat launchers, the challenges facing the smallsat developer and actors as well as the enormous benefits of these advanced technologies that will benefit our world.

This event assembles more than 100 diverse speakers, all of whom possess deep industry experience. Additionally, numerous opportunities exist to mingle and network with peers while enjoying exceptional, complimentary meals and refreshment breakfast.

Learn more at this direct link…

Firefly Aerospace Adds Two Industry Veterans to the Company’s Advisory Board

Firefly Aerospace has added two members to the company’s Advisory Board — these new appointments are Terry Boardman and General James Cartwright.

Terry Boardman brings 35 years of expertise from Alliant Techsystems, where he served as Chief Engineer for the Space Shuttle solid rocket motor program and later as Director of Space Launch Propulsion. In this capacity, he was responsible for engineering effort on all NASA space launch propulsion programs at ATK, including the Shuttle flight program, Ares Stage 1 development, Ares l-X flight demonstration, five segment booster development, Booster Separation Motor program, and Launch Abort Motor program.  Terry holds BS and MS degrees from Caltech and is a recipient of the Rotary National Stellar Award for Space Achievement.

General James Cartwright retired from active duty on September 1, 2011, after 40 years of service in the United States Marine Corps. General Cartwright served as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, before being nominated and appointed as the 8th Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s second highest military officer. General Cartwright served his four-year tenure as Vice Chairman across two Presidential administrations and constant military operations against diverse and evolving enemies. He became widely recognized for his technical acumen, vision of future national security concepts, and keen ability to integrate systems, organizations and people in ways that encouraged creativity and sparked innovation in the areas of strategic deterrence, nuclear proliferation, missile defense, cyber security, and adaptive acquisition processes.

Further, Firefly announces that Robert Lightfoot has left its Advisory Board for a position as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin.

Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic said the company thanks Robert for the valuable insights he provided Firefly and wish him the best in his new role at Lockheed. Robert has been a great friend and advisor for Firefly and the firm looks forward to maintaining a relationship with him in his new role. Firefly is excited to have Terry and James join the Firefly advisory board. Their experience and acumen will help guide Firefly’s efforts to fulfill the company’s mission of providing the reliable, convenient, and frequent access to space that the customers critically require. The future of the space economy is being created now, and the wide breadth and depth of experience of the full Firefly advisory board will further enable Firefly to create a cis-lunar space company that fully executes on the expansive opportunities before the firm as a company and as an industry.


For all involved in the satellite and space industry and the various market segments that add value to these dynamic environments, the 2020 SmallSat Symposium is truly worth your consideration for attendance.

The 2020 SmallSat Symposium starts on February 3, 2020, with workshops, then the Conference runs February 4 to 6 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The SmallSat Symposium is hosted by Satnews Publishers which, since 1983, has been a provider of a satellite news, media and events. This information packed forum was created to enable you and your company to secure a larger portion of market share as well as to take part in the next stages of your company’s or organization’s growth.

The personal connections at the SmallSat Symposium enable attendees to network with established organizations, subject-matter experts as well as ‘New Space’ entrants.

The SmallSat Symposium will focus on new technologies and the business environment that is shaping the implementation of smallsat constellations, smallsat launchers, the challenges facing the smallsat developer and actors as well as the enormous benefits of these advanced technologies that will benefit our world.

This event assembles more than 100 diverse speakers, all of whom possess deep industry experience. Additionally, numerous opportunities exist to mingle and network with peers while enjoying exceptional, complimentary meals and refreshment breakfast.

Learn more at this direct link…

Satellogic and ABDAS Partner Up for Satellite Constellation Access

Satellogic has partnered with ABDAS to deliver exclusive access to a dedicated constellation of satellites — the total amount of the agreement is more than $38 million.

As a result of this agreement, ABDAS will have access to a fleet of satellites, which will provide them with multi-spectral imagery from monthly remapping of sites they define within Henan Province, China. Future satellites launched by Satellogic may be added to the constellation.


A Satellogic smallsat.

This agreement includes dedicated launches — coordinated by Satellogic — for fleet deployment and expansion. The partnership also gives ABDAS access to a dedicated platform for satellite tasking, as well as a private cloud for processing, cataloging, and storing images.

ABDAS will have complete operational control of tasking the satellites that comprise their dedicated constellations within Henan Province. While Satellogic’s partners can leverage the company’s in-house data-science capabilities, ABDAS will conduct their own analyses of the images their dedicated constellation collects.

Satellogic’s scientists also leverage the company’s current fleet of spacecraft to deliver planetary-scale insights and solutions for a variety of industries, including agriculture, forestry, oil and gas, and finance and insurance. Using their Earth Observation Satellite Constellation, Satellogic will be able to remap the planet at one meter of resolution every week and dramatically reduce the cost of high-frequency geospatial analytics.

Founded in 2010, Satellogic’s headquarters and R&D facility are located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their satellite Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) facility is located in Montevideo, Uruguay. Other divisions include a data-technology center in Barcelona, Spain; a product-development center in Tel Aviv, Israel; and a business development center in Miami, USA. Satellogic China focuses on exclusive constellation customization, data services, and industrial applications.

Emiliano Kargieman, CEO of Satellogic, said the commitment of Henan Government to embrace innovations in space technology, aid development, and propel forward the competitiveness of its industry serves as a source of inspiration. The company is honored to be partnering with ABDAS to build turn-key infrastructure for the collection, analysis, and implementation of insights from Earth Observation that has the ability to strengthen and support key policy decisions in Henan Province.

Mr. Liu Hui, CEO of ABDAS, added that as the company develops new capabilities and technologies, the firm seeks — above all — to promote open collaboration and innovation capable of supporting key needs and Satellogic is a good partner to offer reliable remote sensing imagery. ABDAS hopes to carry out all-round cooperation with Satellogic in many fields such as satellite development, ground reception, and big data application.


For all involved in the satellite and space industry and the various market segments that add value to these dynamic environments, the 2020 SmallSat Symposium is truly worth your consideration for attendance.

The 2020 SmallSat Symposium starts on February 3, 2020, with workshops, then the Conference runs February 4 to 6 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

The SmallSat Symposium is hosted by Satnews Publishers which, since 1983, has been a provider of a satellite news, media and events. This information packed forum was created to enable you and your company to secure a larger portion of market share as well as to take part in the next stages of your company’s or organization’s growth.

The personal connections at the SmallSat Symposium enable attendees to network with established organizations, subject-matter experts as well as ‘New Space’ entrants.

The SmallSat Symposium will focus on new technologies and the business environment that is shaping the implementation of smallsat constellations, smallsat launchers, the challenges facing the smallsat developer and actors as well as the enormous benefits of these advanced technologies that will benefit our world.

This event assembles more than 100 diverse speakers, all of whom possess deep industry experience. Additionally, numerous opportunities exist to mingle and network with peers while enjoying exceptional, complimentary meals and refreshment breakfast.

Learn more at this direct link…