IAC 2018

Agencies targeting lunar missions lean on commercial partners

NOTE: This story originally appeared in the Low Down, our free weekly ebrief. Subscribe for FREE to receive our take on the latest news, enabling tech and emerging markets in the commercial space sector each week. Government space agencies are turning to commercial partners in the new lunar space race. At the recent International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2018), held in Bremen, Germany, multiple space agencies from around the world announced
launch

Launch politics in an increasingly competitive global market

NOTE: This story originally appeared in the Low Down, our free weekly ebrief. Subscribe for FREE to receive our take on the latest news, enabling tech and emerging markets in the commercial space sector each week. Anti-competitive politics is rearing its head as the global launch industry undergoes significant shifts in its competitive landscape and incumbent providers are struggling to keep up. Ariane Group’s CEO Alain Charmeau complained about dropping
launch costs

Lowered launch costs will impact ‘nearly every industry’ on Earth

Lower launch costs are driving new opportunities in space that’ll impact nearly every industry on Earth, according to a report from Deloitte. Principal analyst Bill Beyer, who authored the report, argues that advances in manufacturing processes, computing electronics and other technologies, coupled with lower launch costs, are fueling the global democratization of space access and fundamentally changing the commercial space landscape. “The business opportunities for companies in space could include
Capella Space

Capella Space targets commercial markets with origami-like SAR satellite

Capella Space is the first US-based company to build synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites for commercial markets. The company has designed an innovative SAR smallsat that it says is less than half the size of traditional SAR satellites. Capella Space plans to deploy a 36-satellite constellation that will be able to deliver imagery from anywhere on the planet every hour. The company recently closed a $19 million Series B funding
GEO satellite market

Satellite makers are optimizing production processes amid GEO downturn

Satellite makers are wrestling with new manufacturing techniques and market segments to ease the pressure felt by declines in the legacy GEO satellite markets. “We’re trying to establish a business case for building satellites in a market that is constantly changing,” said SES’s Bryan Benedict, speaking earlier this year on a panel on the satellite market. “We have a big challenge ahead of us on how do we combine the
Luxembourg Space Agency

Luxembourg Space Agency is open for business

Luxembourg’s Grand Duchy announced three new commercial space companies are opening up offices in the country, as it continues to pursue leadership in commercial space. In-space manufacturing firm Made In Space, planetary rover production company CubeRover and satellite imagery and analytics firm Hydrosat are opening up offices in Luxembourg. The announcement comes just a week after the formation of the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), charged with promoting further economic development
lunar missions

The new era of commercial lunar missions has arrived

NOTE: This story originally appeared in the Low Down, our free weekly ebrief. Subscribe for FREE to receive our take on the latest news, enabling tech and emerging markets in the commercial space sector each week. SpaceX’s announcement September 17 of its first passenger tourist for a flyby mission to the Moon marks an important step in the evolving commercial space sector. While there are plenty of unanswered questions around
SpaceIL

Update: SpaceIL pushes lunar lander launch to early 2019

Israel-based SpaceIL has secured a ride to space. The organization, which designed a lunar lander as part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, will ride as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 sometime in early 2019, according to rideshare logistics firm Spaceflight. Spaceflight announced last week it will begin offering rideshare services to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO) every 12-18 months, “or as customer demand requires.”  The first such flight
LSA

Luxembourg space agency will chase New Space business, not research

The Luxembourg Grand Duchy government has formed the country’s first space agency, as it continues to pursue leadership in commercial space. The newly formed Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA) has been charged with promoting further economic development of the country’s nascent space industry by attracting businesses, offering innovative financial solutions and establishing research infrastructure. https://twitter.com/LuxSpaceAgency/status/1040158260492476416 Marc Serres, former head of space affairs at the Ministry of the Economy and VP of
Germany space mining

Germany joins growing list of countries interested in setting space mining laws

In August 2018, the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) released a position paper outlining the need for Germany to establish a legal framework now for future space mining missions. BDI has called for Germany to create national space laws similar to those established in Luxembourg to promote private investment and innovation among Germany’s commercial space sector for space mining technologies. Germany has a variety of commercial space companies developing