April 2019 Edition
Satellites and Launches, Payloads and Smallsats
The Forrester Report: 2018 Is Long Over: Will 2019 be the year of C-band?, By Chris Forrester, Senior Columnist
The ‘big four’ satellite operators have all unveiled their 2018 results, with Telesat of Ottawa completing the quartet’s numbers on March 1.
Redefining Disaggregation: Hives can form resilient satellite constellations in space, By The Aerospace Corporation
Historically, satellites have come in all shapes and sizes.
Unlocking Dynamic Space Opportunities Across Asia-Pacific, By Dr. Bob Gough, Head of Business Development, Australia and Asia-Pacific, Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd.
Goonhilly Earth Station is pursuing ambitious plans aimed at putting the teleport and ‘space gateway’ at the vanguard of the new extra-planetary economy. Despite its eponymous UK location, Dr. Bob Gough explains how organizations throughout Australasia and Asia-Pacific will benefit from the company’s growing international network.
The Propagation Impacts... on Ka-band ground terminals, By Krystal Dredge, Director of Marketing, AvL Technologies
Ka-band is the microwave range from 26.5 to 40 GHz and the frequency’s properties include millimeter wavelengths, good power manageability and narrow beams that are easily pointed to avoid interference with other satellites.
The New “Space Race” Is Well Underway: Firefly’s acceleration of the smallsat industry, By Thomas E. Markusic, Founder and CEO, Firefly
2019 is the year of the smallsat... of course, 2018 was also the year of the smallsat... as was 2017 and 2016. Smallsat schedules always shift to the right — historically, there are several reasons for these occurrences.
Adapt... and Survive: Sustained success through active and reciprocal partnerships, By Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven
If the last few years of spooked and volatile trading conditions have taught us anything, it’s simply that for corporations and customers alike, standing still does no one any favors.
Smallsats By The Numbers: A discussion of the smallsat industry, By Tara Halt, Aerospace Analyst, Bryce Space and Technology
On October 4th, 1957, the world’s first smallsat was launched. Operated by the Soviet Union, Sputnik became the world’s first satellite. Sputnik was a smallsat due to the spacecraft’s 84 kgs. size, long before such was a commonly used term.
Denali’s Near Miss: The growing problem of space debris, By Payam Banazadeh, Founder and CEO, Capella Space
On January 27th, 2019, early Sunday morning, the company was notified of a potential collision probability with another satellite that was traveling toward the firm’s pathfinder craft, Denali.
The Orbital Test Bed: Using hosted payload platforms to deliver missions to space — rapidly and affordably, By Craig Gravelle, Director, Space Systems Strategic Development, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)
High value civil and military payloads and experiments often must wait several years before flying in space... if they fly at all.
Democratizing The Link Budget: A reliable and accurate tool to help maximize ROI, By José Torres, Global Sales Director, Integrasys
The satellite industry has witnessed an impressive pace of innovation over recent years. High Throughput Satellite (HTS) is one example of a technology that has revolutionized the industry, making it much more affordable than ever before to deliver reliable capacity, even to the most remote locations.
Satellites and the Beautiful Game, By Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
The World Cup is the planet’s most widely viewed sporting event. The 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa, was broadcast to 204 countries on 245 different channels. The 2018 World Cup attracted an audience of more than three billion viewers.
You Can Do... What? From Where? From satellites to data to actionable greenhouse gases insight, By Jean-Francois Gauthier, MBA, Director of Business Development, GHGSat
When GHGSat launched their first satellite in June of 2016, the challenge was for most of the company’s potential customers to fully grasp how greenhouse gas emissions from their facilities could be identified and measured from a satellite in space
The Streak Continues...for GMV within the global control center market, By Miguel Ángel Molina, Commercial Director for Space, GMV
For yet another year, GMV has been able to maintain a leading position in the worldwide satellite control center market.
SATCOM Disruption: Smallsats spark innovation throughout the industry, By Jeffrey Osborne, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Kepler Communications
Using shoebox-sized satellites, Kepler Communications is redefining access to global connectivity with low-cost, rapidly deployable technology.
What’s Next For NewSpace? The sustainable future of space via AI and electric propulsion, By István Lőrincz, Chief Business Officer, Morpheus Space
By the dawn of the second quarter of this century, huge satellite constellations will dominate the private space industry. The question is not “when” but “how” this will happen, as there are many serious issues that will require nimble solutions.
Achieving An Elusive Goal: A sustainable business case for smallsat missions, By Anita Bernie, Head of Strategy and Executive Activities, KISPE
Despite the growing interest and investment in the industry, there aren’t many success stories about smallsa mission sustainability. The team at KISPE have identified a critical price-performance gap in the smallsat market that isn’t currently being addressed and one that can only be delivered by disrupting the current satellite production mindsets
Focus: Telesat LEO—The why’s and wherefore’s , by Michael Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development, Telesat
Telesat is a Canadian satellite operator established in 1969 that has initiated one of the most exciting, privately-led space projects in history. Given that so many want to know more about who’s behind the Telesat LEO program, this article is a brief introduction to the company and the firm’s LEO project.