February 2018 Edition
Smallsats, EO / Geospatial / Imagery
On a Personal Note...The Changing Face of Space, By Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, OBE, FRS, FREng — Executive Chairman, SSTL
The role that space has in our lives is now taken for granted: we have become reliant on it every day – whether it be for weather forecasting, satellite TV, banking, communications or navigating in our cars. It is now part of our national infrastructure underpinning our economy, security and well-being.
An ICEYE Focus—Synthetic-aperture radar in under 100 kg. satellites, By Pekka Laurilla, Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder, ICEYE
Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) imaging from orbit is not new — almost 40 years ago, the Spaceborne Imaging Radar (SIR) flew on two shuttle missions to image Earth from above.
An Earth-i Focus—Satellites to predict the future..., By Richard Hollingham
On May 18, 1969, just over four hours into their mission to the Moon — the dress rehearsal for the first lunar landing — the crew of Apollo 10 pointed their video camera through the command module window toward the Earth.
A BridgeSat Focus—Design and Application of Space-Based Optical Communications, By David Mitlyng, Product Management, BridgeSat Inc.
For operators that need to securely and efficiently move large amounts of data from space to ground, optical communications offer a viable solution.
A KSAT Perspective—The smallsat industry in 2018, By Katherine Monson, Director of Business Development, Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT)
The smallsat revolution has now, arguably, been underway for a decade.
Innovation: Rock Seven—SmallSat size and software matter, By Nick Farrell, Director, Rock Seven
In the article ‘The Diverse World of Remote Monitoring… A Rock Seven Perspective’ featured in the January 2017 issue of SatMagazine, the company’s comment was “…in this area of connectivity innovation, small is most definitely the best.”
An Orbital Micro Systems Focus—SmallSats: The champions of LEO commercialization, By William Hosack, Chief Executive Officer, Orbital Micro Systems
For many decades, NASA and other government-based space organizations, have led, driven, nurtured, and helped to create, a robust and fertile ecosystem leading to the commercialization of space-based technologies.
An Apollo Fusion Perspective—The trade space will change in 2018 due to new propulsion systems, By Ben Longmier, President and Co-Founder, Apollo Fusion
Some 7,000 satellites have flown on orbit during the 60 years since Sputnik was launched.
Executive Spotlight: Meir Moalem, Chief Executive Officer, Sky and Space Global
A jet fighter pilot, Lt. Col (Ret.) of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), Meir has more than 20 years of experience in management, R&D and operation of state-of-the-art projects in Space Systems and Unmanned Aerial Systems.
A Kratos Perspective—The Growing Specter of LEO/GEO Interference, By Bob Potter, Vice President, Signals and Ground System Technology, Kratos
Small satellites (smallsats) are creating new and disruptive opportunities in today’s space industry — applications that were once the purview of traditional satellites in geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) are finding that, in a growing number of cases, those applications (Earth observation [EO], imaging, etc.) are being performed by small satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).
A Ball Aerospace Focus — SmallSats — single answers or tools for greater solutions? Yes!, By Debra Facktor,Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace
The small satellite (smallsat) market continues to grow — in interest, investment, capability and potential impact.
An NSR Analysis—Destination Constellation: Too many passengers?, By Siddharth Shihora, Analyst, NSR
The space industry’s wagon is packed with constellations — and that wagon is getting heavier by the day.
On a Personal Note...Waiting for the shoe..., By Robert Bell, Executive Director, Space and Satellite Professionals International (SSPI)
A little more than a year ago, I closed an article I had written for this magazine with the words “Welcome to interesting times.”