Tag: Advanced Technology & Manufacturing

The Rapid Rise of the Space Investor and the Reinvention of NASA

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Up until a few years ago, space largely fell within the realm of a few major aero defense groups and government agencies. No one in their right mind, save for a few individuals that fit the “eccentric billionaire” archetype would even consider making investments in this “space.” However, the tides have turned. 

The Satellite Analytics Market

Nicholas Brown | SpaceKnow

There’s a new way for firms to analyse global economic developments and events, by viewing them from space. While satellite analytics have been available to governments for decades, high-resolution satellite imagery is fast becoming the last Cold War technology to be made widely available for commercial use.

Despite previous obstacles in efficiency, developments in

Reduce, Reuse… Recycling in Space?

Grace Sweeney | Infocast Events

Going green is no longer just an Earth thing. The need for sustainability in space extends beyond the scope of picking up geospatial refuse. Soon, recycling will play a key role in stimulating and growing the extraterrestrial economy, by maximizing resource availability through converting mission waste into useful commodities. The staggering costs of re-supply missions require all resources on board be

I Believe this New Digital Standard will Change the World

Perry R. Peterson | President & CEO | Digital Earth Thought Leader

Humanity’s ability to measure, monitor, and communicate over the vastness of the entire Earth is unprecedented. Trends point to ever growing volumes of rich data describing the planet. People, from scientist to citizens, expect this information in a form that can answer their pressing questions…instantly.

A New Generation of Big Names in Space – Here’s Who You Should be Watching

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New players are entering the commercial space industry en masse, bringing much-needed fresh blood to an industry long dominated by incumbent aerospace primes and underfunded government agencies. Thanks largely in part to SpaceX, the industry is the midst of a major overhaul. New stakeholders with novel business ideas and trends toward commercialization are presenting incumbent aerospace companies with major challenges. As it stands, 2016 is poised to be the year that companies from the startups to big box retailers make major strides in space.

In spite of its recent explosion, SpaceX’s Falcon9 showed the world a spacecraft can, in fact, be reused, spurring venture capitalists to report an increase in investor confidence in space-based applications, thanks to the fully intact landing back in December.

Elon Musk has stated that reusability is “the fundamental breakthrough needed to revolutionize access to space.” Ultimately, this milestone will cut costs, as in hundreds of millions per launch, allowing the possibility for invested dollars to stretch even further beyond Earth’s orbit. Though SpaceX remains a major fixture in the headlines, a new crop of smaller innovators are poised to make some serious waves in the extraterrestrial landscape.

The up and comers: key players to watch

Spire: A startup that builds lightweight cubesats weighing that monitor weather data from low-orbit. The company currently has four miniature satellites in orbit, and is aiming for a constellation of 100+ for more comprehensive coverage of global weather events, shipping patterns and rising sea levels. With this increased level of data access, Spire, and others working in this field are hoping to better predict adverse weather events and gain deeper insights into what can be done to combat climate change.

SpacePharma: A company involved in a number of research projects focused on different applications involved in a number of studies using microgravity- particularly in the realm of medical research.

OneWeb announced last year its plans to launch a fleet of 900 satellites, in a partnership with incumbent Aerospace giant, Airbus. The partnership is aimed at bringing affordable internet access to remote locations around the world by 2018.

Planet Labs currently has its sights set on asteroid mining, as well as services like in-space refueling, power generation and manufacturing equipment to be used in space. The goal is to find valuable resources in space that would sustain long term missions, as well as stimulate the economy here on Earth. Planet Labs plans to find and harvest valuable minerals from asteroids,  and actually process them in space.

Deep Space Industries is another asteroid mining company with the long-term goal of creating an on-site supply chain of products in space, using materials harvested and processed with complete independence from Earth.

New Study Unlocks Potential for Ultra-Lightweight and Flexible 3D-Printed Metallic Materials

Jeremy Thomas | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) engineers have achieved unprecedented scalability in 3D-printed architectures of arbitrary geometry, opening the door to super-strong, ultra-lightweight and flexible metallic materials for aerospace, the military and the automotive industry.

Mentoring the Machines

Daniel O’Connor | TCT Magazine

As I was ushered into a private room in the Ritz Carlton in Berlin, resplendent with fruit platters, pastries, French press coffee, and premium bottled waters, the interview that I’d arranged with Autodesk’s Chief Technology Officer began to feel more like I was interviewing Jeff Bridges than Jeff Kowalski.