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February 4-10, 2019 / Vol 38, No 5 / Hawai`i Island, USA

1 Feb 2019, 20:13 UTC
February 4-10, 2019 / Vol 38, No 5 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Small Satellites Meeting with Big Opportunities in Silicon Valley
The 4th Annual SmallSat Symposium opens February 5-7 at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, California. Small satellite launches have grown over 150% in five years. SpaceWorks Enterprises, which specializes in engineering and hardware, predicts that in the next 5 years 2,800 nano- and microsatellites will require launching. More than 75 constellations are planned along with independent satellites. In the innovation hotbed of Silicon Valley, SmallSats are seen as an opening for ambitious startups. Bryce Space headed by Carissa Christensen (L) and Stellar Solutions represented by Melissa Farrell (R) are woman-owned companies offering expertise in space systems. Astranis is one of multiple companies trying to create worldwide broadband networks. Thales, Leonardo, and SSL are cooperating to build the Telesat LEO constellation. SpaceX intends to build its business with 12,000 broadband satellites. On a budget of US$160M Sky and Space Global plans a constellation of 200 communication satellites weighing less than 10 kg each. In the field of Earth observations, Planet Labs of San Francisco, which operates 140 satellites, and Digital Globe both provide updated high-resolution imagery of Earth. Capella Space is the first American commercial company to launch an advanced ...

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