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Commercial astronaut training centers find new customers

As spaceflight opportunities grow for commercial companies around the world, space agencies like NASA or ESA will no longer reign as the gatekeepers to space, and future commercial astronauts – ranging from engineers, pilots, researchers, and private citizens – will be trained by private companies. Commercial astronaut training centers will serve three key markets in spaceflight… This […]

Empower Space Alliance plans to redefine data transport with volume-based pricing

The Empower Space Alliance says it’ll offer data distribution services at a significantly lower cost than current market offerings. Xenesis, Atlas Space Operations, and Laser Light Communications will together provide standardized, interoperable space-to-ground direct optical data distribution services to customer… This content is available to subscribers only. Sign in to your account. Not a subscriber? […]

Boeing-backed Digital Alloys develops zero-waste metal 3D printing tech

Metal 3D printing startup Digital Alloys is just months away from shipping its first parts to customers. The company, which was founded in 2017, has developed a high-speed, multi-metal additive manufacturing system that produces metal 3D printed parts for aerospace and other industries. The company has already garnered a dozen customer orders for parts printed… […]

Spacety courts international customers after closing Series B

After closing a $22 million Series B funding round, China-based Startup Spacety is now ranked as the top private space company China. The company is now courting international customers for its microsatellite and nanosatellite platforms. Spacety CEO Justin Feng Yang described Spacety as a one-stop shop for firms looking to access space on smaller satellite […]

Aerospace Corp laser delivers 50x increase in data rates to cubesats

Two 1.5U cubesats in low Earth orbit (LEO) carrying the laser communication system successfully transmitted data at 100 Mbps, which is about 50 times faster than radio-based communication systems used for smaller spacecraft. Optical communication is quickly becoming a standard for larger satellite systems… This content is available to subscribers only. Sign in to your […]

Two satellite manufacturers vie for Telesat LEO contract

The proposed constellation of 117 satellites will use a proprietary LEO architecture developed by Telesat for global communications using its Ka-band global spectrum rights. The company says its LEO constellation will help to accelerate 5G expansion and deliver “fiber-like” high speed Internet services to… This content is available to subscribers only. Sign in to your […]

Additive manufacturing can produce satellites ‘twice as fast and at half the cost’

Engineers continue to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing applications. “Additive manufacturing has been extremely powerful for us as a company,” said Nicholas Mule, program manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, speaking at a recent industry conference. “In terms of what value it delivers to us, there are huge benefits for our space, where very high, complex […]

Proposed spaceport gives Italy’s commercial space sector a boost

Sitael, Italy’s largest private space company, announced an agreement with Virgin Orbit for “extensive collaboration” on future launches and “investment into future launch system evolution.” “The demand for small satellites grows higher every day and the ability to launch on flexible terms and schedule is vital,” said Sitael’s CEO… This content is available to subscribers […]

LEO broadband gains telecom backers amid fears of disruption

The investments indicate an important shift in how incumbent satellite telecom operators are viewing the new crop of LEO broadband start-ups. LEO broadband services, with high capacity and low latencies that could rival wired connections, are poised to disrupt the GEO satellite-based Internet market. While some satellite operators have scoffed at… This content is available […]

The world’s first privately-funded lunar lander to launch by end of 2018

SpaceIL is an Israeli-based nonprofit start-up and alum of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The company has raised $88 million from private donations to complete the development of the lunar lander. If successful, the start-up will become the first participant in the Google Lunar XPRIZE to reach the Moon. It will also be the world’s first […]