Kepler to launch two batches of nanosatellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Kepler to launch two batches of nanosatellites aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9

Small satellite startup Kepler Communications is teaming up with SpaceX to make good on its deployment goals for its first nanosatellite constellation. SpaceX will carry two separate batches of nanosatellites from Kepler aboard its Falcon 9 launch vehicles. Kepler Communications, a Toronto-based space startup, will be building out a low-power, Read more…

Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

Northrop Grumman lands customer for first OmegA rocket launch in 2021

Space industry heavyweight Northrop Grumman has signed a costumer for the launch of its first OmegA rocket, a medium/heavy lift launch vehicle that it’s currently readying for flight with a target of spring 2021 for its first ever flight. OmegA will unlock additional payload capacity vs. the launch systems that Read more…

Near Space Labs provides unmatched high-resolution imaging using stratospheric satellites

Near Space Labs provides unmatched high-resolution imaging using stratospheric satellites

Imaging is one of the key markets in the emerging space tech industry, and for good reason – there’s a proven and robust demand for imaging and Earth observation data among government, private and other clients. Orbital satellites satisfy some of this demand, and companies like Planet have grown sizeable Read more…

An investor’s perspective on the current state of the global space startup industry

An investor’s perspective on the current state of the global space startup industry

Investment in space startups is significant and growing, and the opportunities available to commercial players in space exploration, research and industrialization are multiplying. But for non-expert investors and observers, these opportunities can seem obtuse and obscured, buried in technical jargon and a heady amount of hype. That’s a great time Read more…

Orbion partners with U.S. Department of Defence on small satellite propulsion tech

Orbion partners with U.S. Department of Defence on small satellite propulsion tech

Michigan-based in-space propulsion startup Orbion is working with a major new partner: The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Orbion has secured a research contract from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate, specifically aimed at helping the DOD “enhance resiliency of U.S. systems in space.” Basically, it sounds like Read more…

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

Max Q: SpaceX starts building out its production Starlink constellation

There’s literally a lot more stuff in space than there was last week – or at least, the number of active human-made satellites in Earth’s orbit has gone up quite a bit, thanks to the launch of SpaceX’s first 60 production Starlink satellites. This week also saw movement in other Read more…

UK Space Agency will provide $9.5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport

UK Space Agency will provide $9.5 million to Virgin Orbit for Cornwall spaceport

Richard Branson’s small satellite launch company Virgin Orbit announced today that it has secured final approval on a £7.35 million ($9.5 million) grant from the UK Space Agency (UKSA), funds which will be used by Virgin Orbit to help set up its Cornwall-based launch facility. Virgin Orbit has been putting Read more…

Small satellite startup Kepler opens sign-ups for its IoT developer kits

Small satellite startup Kepler opens sign-ups for its IoT developer kits

Kepler Communications, the Toronto-based startup that’s focused on developing and deploying shoebox-sized satellites to provide telecommunications services, is opening up registration for those interested in getting their first developer kits. These developer kits, designed to help potential commercial customers take advantage of its Internet of Things (IoT) narrowband connectivity deploying Read more…

In-space manufacturing could prompt more startups to reach for the stars

In-space manufacturing could prompt more startups to reach for the stars

Depending on who you ask, space-based technology is past peak hype, at the beginning of its investment growth curve, or in an infrastructure-building phase akin to the railway industry in 1800s America. One emerging technology could change everything for startups and aerospace giants, however — in-space manufacturing. One of the Read more…

Elon Musk tweets using SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet

Elon Musk tweets using SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk used an internet connection provided by his company’s Starlink constellation of broadband satellites early on Tuesday AM. Musk used the network in place with the Starlink satellites already in orbit to send a simple tweet, declaring that he’d done just that. Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious project Read more…