MSC 2024

Satellite Launch Business

14th IAA Symposium – Day 1 – Interview with Dr. Anna Christmann

Before her keynote to open the 14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites, Germany's Aerospace Coordinator Dr. Anna Christmann spoke with Torsten Kriening about the current role of space for Germany and the status of the creation of a new German Space Strategy, and Space Law.

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14th IAA Symposium – Day 1 – Krienings morning briefing

It is day one of the 14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth System Observation. The conference is organised by DLR’s Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics, TU Berlin together with Berlin Partners. What can we expect today? Opening sessions with our German Aerospace Coordinator Dr Anna Christmann and Berlins local politicians. We will hear a keynote of Kristina Nikolaus, CEO of Okapi orbits. On the academic presentations we can expect three sessions on Programmatics, infrared missions and Space Situational Awareness followed by a panel on Future of launch opportunities for small satellites.

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14th IAA Symposium – Day 0 – Krienings pre-event report

Welcome at the 14th IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth System Observation here at the Ludwig Erhard House in Berlin. The conference is hosted by DLR’s Institute for Solar-Terrestrial Physics in Neustrelitz and the Technical University of Berlin. Shoutout to Prof Eberhard Gill, Dr Matthias Hetscher and Prof Enrico Stoll for Chairing the next days. Authors from more than 35 countries, representing space agencies, industries, knowledge institutes and academia, confirmed their oral presentations and poster sessions. Also politics show their continuous interest and support of the event.

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Space Café 33 minutes with Dr. Gilles Rabin– French-German space: of course, I still love you

Our Space Café “33 minutes with Dr Gilles Rabin – French-German Space: Of course, I still love you” took place on Tuesday, 28th March. Gilles is a distinguished economist and space advisor, currently serving at the French Embassy in Berlin. With an impressive career spanning over two decades, he has held key positions in urban planning, economic development, and innovation. His journey began at Bipe Conseil, followed by leadership roles in various urban communities including Nancy, Essone, Greater Lyon, and Nice Metropolis.  Gilles's expertise has been pivotal in advising ministers on decentralisation, SMEs, startups, and research. His tenure as Director of Innovation, Applications, and Science at CNES has further solidified his standing in the space sector.

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ThrustMe propulsion system launched onboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket

NorSat-TD. Credit Space Norway

ThrustMe , a French deep tech company, announced on the 17th of April that their NPT30-I2 iodine fueled electric propulsion system as part of the NorSat-TD satellite was successfully launched. ThrustMe designs miniaturized aerospace thrusters for small satellites, increasing the life of satellites and making them more affordable. The Norwegian Space Agency’s NorSat-TD satellite was onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. 

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OneWeb, ISRO and NSIL Launch 36 OneWeb Satellites

OneWeb has announced the successful deployment and contact of 36 satellites that NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC-SHAR) in Sriharikota, India. Lift-off took place on Sunday, 26 March 2023, at 9:00 am local time. Furthermore, OneWeb’s satellites separated successfully from the rocket and dispensed over nine phases over a period of 1 hour and 14 minutes. In addition, OneWeb also confirmed signal acquisition on all 36 satellites.

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