ICT Spring - 2022

Entrepreneurship

First Ariane 5 launch of 2022 successfully supports Malaysia and India

Arianespace’s Ariane 5 launch vehicle has successfully placed two telecommunications satellites into geostationary orbit: MEASAT-3d for the Malaysian operator MEASAT, and GSAT-24 built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on behalf of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), ArianeGroup said. The launch was the first mission of the year, and the 113th overall.

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Astrobotic’s wireless charging system survives lunar night

Moon company, Astrobotic and wireless charging platform develpoer, WiBotic’s wireless charging system successfully demonstrated that it can function and provide enough power for technologies to survive the 14-Earth-day-long lunar night. Developed with assistance from Bosch, the University of Washington, and the NASA Glenn Research Center

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OroraTech achieves FOREST-1 mission success

Munich-based NewSpace intelligence startup, OroraTech, has achieved the desired mission goals for FOREST-1, its first satellite dedicated to environmental monitoring, the company said. The satellite has been operational since January 2022. The spacecraft, that does not require cooling, specialises in wildfire detection by combining thermal, mid-infrared and visible cameras.

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Aerospacelab builds megafactory in Belgium to produce 500 satellites yearly

Satellite platforms and geospatial intelligence company, Aerospacelab, unveiled its satellite megafactory commitment, capable of producing 500 satellites annually. The new site will be built by Sambrinvest in Charleroi, Belgium. The new factory will feature a total working surface of 16,000 square meters, including a 6,000-square-meter ISO7 cleanroom and 3,000-square-meter laboratory.

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Space Café Radio – with Luigi Scatteia

In this Space Cafè Radio -  SpaceWatch.Global Senior Editor Dr. Emma Gatti spoke with Luigi Scatteia, a Partner in PwC Advisory France. Within PwC he leads the Space Practice, and he also leads the core space strategy and policy consulting team based in Paris and Toulouse, focused on serving institutional and commercial stakeholders in the space sector

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ESA and Inmarsat join forces to provide solution to airspace congestion

Global mobile satellite communications provider, Inmarsat, signed a contract with ESA to take Iris air traffic modernisation programme global and drive the future of uncrewed aviation airspace integration in Europe, Inmarsat said. Airspace is getting congested: in Europe alone, a 50% increase in flights is expected in the next 20 years.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Can Sustainability generate profit?

There is gap between the interests of space agencies and private investors toward sustainability. While agencies build their reputation and PR campaigns on the commitment that the sector has towards sustainability – meaning here the use of space technology and data for monitoring the state of the planet- the private sector remains tepid to the entire concept.

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#SpaceWatchGL Opinion: Geopolitics of investing in the space domain – beyond war and peace

With space as a far-reaching domain entangled with Earth issues across many industries, geopolitics affect how global alliances deal with security in orbit and beyond, and how collaborative governance motivates investment: from connectivity to Earth observation to crowded orbits and debris, to energy, space traffic management, space exploration and resources utilization.

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