UK welcomes Canadian space sector

UK welcomes Canadian space sector

A large space sector delegation from Canada has visited the UK to explore new partnerships and seek valuable opportunities to use space data, supported by the UK Space Agency. More than 20 representatives from the Canadian space industry and government visited the Harwell Space Cluster in Oxfordshire as well as organisations in London, Surrey Research […]

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Project will increase flood model accuracy

Project will increase flood model accuracy

Loughborough-based Previsico has signed up to the national SPRINT business support programme to work with the University of Leicester on a major flood forecasting project. The University of Leicester will provide Previsico with flood extent information retrieved from satellite imagery. This will be combined with real-time flood models based on meteorological forecasts to enhance the […]

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UK Space Agency rounds off 2019 with £14.4m in funding

UK Space Agency rounds off 2019 with £14.4m in funding

The UK Space Agency published its spending data for the final quarter of 2019 in early March, highlighting funding of some £14.4m in R&D, current and capital grants to the private sector. This is some way behind the £32.6 from the same quarter in 2018, but it rounded out the year to more or less […]

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The economic case for asteroid mining, and where we are today
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The economic case for asteroid mining, and where we are today

The world demand for rare and precious metals is growing, and a mix of political turmoil and natural scarcity are contributing to fears that the global supply will be unable to keep up. As supplies dwindle, demand grows, and prices rise, the new private company-based space race might offer a solution to the shortage. While […]

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The third highest quarter for satellite launches since 2010
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The third highest quarter for satellite launches since 2010

The fourth quarter of 2019 saw an impressive 140 small satellites launched which is the third highest quarter since 2010, with 188 in Q4 2018 and 154 in Q2 2019. This brings up the total number of small satellites launched and deployed last year to 375 making it by far the largest year – 2018 […]

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Launch of Solar Orbiter marks beginning of historic mission
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Launch of Solar Orbiter marks beginning of historic mission

The UK-built Solar Orbiter spacecraft successfully launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on 10 February, with the aim of taking the most detailed images ever of the Sun and providing crucial information about how its volatile activity affects its atmosphere. This knowledge will help improve predictions of space weather events, which can disrupt and damage […]

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LEO satcoms: key to the mass market or an empty promise?
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LEO satcoms: key to the mass market or an empty promise?

Satellites have long occupied a small niche within the telecommunications ecosystem, but this could change with the arrival of high-throughput satellites and mass constellation LEO. Disruptive New-Space operators pin their hopes on providing mass market broadband to the ‘unconnected’ world, but questions remain over the size of these markets, the cost of user technologies, and […]

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Predictions for spacetech in 2020 after record investment

Predictions for spacetech in 2020 after record investment

2019 was a year of record VC investment in spacetech. The year the promise of megaconstellations started to be become a reality and space officially becoming a military arena. With Apple unofficially entering the fray for delivering ubiquitous connectivity, 2020 has a lot to live up to. Although it may well be that headlines will […]

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OneWeb satellite launch heralds affordable global comms from space

OneWeb satellite launch heralds affordable global comms from space

OneWeb has successfully launched 34 satellites as part of the development of its next generation satellite constellation which will comprise 648 satellites. OneWeb, which has its global operations centre in White City, London, plans to provide its first customer demonstrations by the end of 2020 and full commercial global services for sectors such as maritime, […]

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Small satellite sector set for 17% growth

Small satellite sector set for 17% growth

The small satellite market is estimated to register a CAGR of more than 17% to 2025, according to a new report from Mordor Intelligence. Significant investments by venture companies, the growing demand for low-cost miniaturised satellites, and increasing demand for Earth observation applications are some of the major driving factors propelling the growth of the […]

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