Technical challenges explored to ‘plug and play’ satellites in 5G

Technical challenges explored to ‘plug and play’ satellites in 5G

The 5G communications system represents far more than just the next generation of terrestrial mobile services. It will drive a convergence of fixed and mobile services, introduce a new set of technologies and standards, create a network of networks and facilitate communications between everyone and everything, whilst focusing on some key vertical markets. However, there […]

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Key priorities from industry for commercialising UK space
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Key priorities from industry for commercialising UK space

With the UK an acknowledged leader in satellite design and manufacture, and with national launch capability on the horizon, combined with an associated regulatory framework, the space ecosystem is developing rapidly. But what do we need to do to drive commercialisation within the industry, and what is the required role of the Government going forward?

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UK businesses are potentially missing out on £10bn of R&D funding each year
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UK businesses are potentially missing out on £10bn of R&D funding each year

Engineering companies in the UK are potentially missing out on over £10 billion of R&D funding each year, new research has revealed. The study, commissioned by innovation specialist MPA, found that one in five (21%) of innovation active engineering firms are not taking advantage of the Government’s R&D Tax Credit scheme, which allows companies to […]

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£93m invested in the UK, with further £374m for ESA
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£93m invested in the UK, with further £374m for ESA

The UK Space Agency is a little behind in the publication of its spending data this year, having only recently published the figures for September. That saw a total of £5,130,011m of funding awarded to businesses in the form of R&D and capital grants. Total spend for the year to date is now a whisker […]

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Optimisation is key to small satellite industry
By December 12, 2019 0 Comments Read More →

Optimisation is key to small satellite industry

Optimisation of the launch frequency, inventory and manufacturing capability will be critical to the success of the satellite sector, finds Frost & Sullivan. The research organisation  forecasts the total number of satellites to be launched during the period 2019 to 2033 to be 20,425, with North America leading the way, followed by Europe. Such demand […]

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Grappling tech for OneWeb satellites
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Grappling tech for OneWeb satellites

OneWeb is to implement an advanced-technology grappling fixture, developed by Altius Space Machines, on its satellites. “Space has never been more accessible than it is today, and there are tremendous benefits for humanity to be gained through Space applications,” said Tim Maclay, OneWeb director of mission systems engineering. “It is critical we do all we […]

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Businesses must prepare for Brexit – be it deal or no-deal

Businesses must prepare for Brexit – be it deal or no-deal

The threat of a no-deal Brexit lingers. The reality, therefore, is that manufacturers must prepare – those who have taken steps must ensure they remain prepared, and those who have more to do should do it now. The EU has been our largest and most integrated trade partner for decades. Extracting ourselves from this partnership […]

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ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal mission

ESA commissions world’s first space debris removal mission

ClearSpace-1 will be the first space mission to remove an item of debris from orbit. Planned for launch in 2025, the mission is being procured as a service contract with a startup-led commercial consortium, to help establish a new market for in-orbit servicing, as well as debris removal. Following a competitive process, a consortium led […]

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LeoSat shutdown is only a minor setback for the industry

LeoSat shutdown is only a minor setback for the industry

News broke that LeoSat has laid off all of its employees and shut down as investors backed out of their commitment to the megaconstellation operator. While this seems to be a negative development, it is a minor setback and the business can make a comeback, should it gain the confidence of the same or new […]

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Is the regulatory framework supporting industry growth?

Is the regulatory framework supporting industry growth?

The UK space industry is going through huge change, with CubeSats, constellations, in-orbit servicing, EO policy and launching from the UK. All of these present challenges to regulators and to those who are being regulated. There is also the increasing realisation of the economic value that the space industry brings, and there is an increasingly […]

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