Meet SCOUT, the innovative space-tech firm looking to extend satellite lifetimes using data.
For the most part, satellites hurtling at tens of thousands of miles per hour above the Earth’s atmosphere work incredibly well. Some, such as the Hubble, managed to operate for decades before decommissioning.
However, satellites face considerable dangers. Those within 800km of the Earth’s surface, for instance, can sometimes see their orbits degrade, putting them at risk of coming into contact with the atmosphere. Others can suffer damage after being bombarded with micrometeorites traveling at high speeds in the vacuum of space. And when things go wrong…
Space Startup Spotlight: LYNK
Cell phone towers are a blight on the landscape, but until recently, they were the only way to connect mobile phone users reliably. Now, though, a budding space startup says it has sent the first cell phone text message via a network of satellites without the need for any ground-based infrastructure.
Space Startup Spotlight: ALE
The majority of new space enterprises are in the business of laying the groundwork for the anticipated space-based economy. In many respects, they are akin to the railroad companies of the 19th century, providing the critical infrastructural bedrock on which civilization will flourish.
Astro Live Experiences (ALE), however, takes a wholly different tack from its peers. It wants to get people interested in space through entertainment, not engineering.
The Japanese firm is essentially a high-tech firework company. But instead of selling Roman candles, it offers punters satellite-launched projectiles that burn up in the atmosphere like meteors.
Space Startup Spotlight: Tesselo
“Spatial insights-as-a-service.” It sounds like a brand new cloud technology out of Silicon Valley, but it’s actually the product of a startup that wants to protect the Earth.
Tesselo — a new space company founded in Lisbon in 2017 — is leveraging satellite imagery and intelligent A.I. algorithms to provide industries with environmental insights. The hope is that by allowing organizations to measure global ecological phenomena at scale, Tesselo will encourage them to use resources more sustainably.
At a fundamental level, the daily job of the Earth observation company is simple: to collect data from satellites…
Space Startup Spotlight: Interstellar Lab
Before humanity can build structures capable of withstanding the harsh conditions on the surface of Mars, we must first learn how to do it on Earth. Now a company called Interstellar Lab says that it is doing just that — building habitats in the desert that may one-day house people on distant worlds.
The company is the brainchild of the enigmatic Barbara Belvisi, a woman who successfully launched her own Paris incubator at the age of 27. …
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Space Startup Spotlight: The Launch Company
For better or for worse, the majority of the Space Industry is focused on launching rockets and satellites into space, and generally overlooks the complexity and expense of the actual launch process. A rocket company needs dozens of systems to work synchronously to get a mission to space, but these are not standardized, meaning that each launchpad is a tailor-made multi-million dollar project.
This is precisely where The Launch Company steps in to help.
Founded in 2018, The Launch Company provides critical launch equipment and infrastructure. Their products and services help to support those…
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Space Startup Spotlight: Latitudo 40
As the private-sector space industry continues taking giant strides forward, it is fostering the growth of new startup companies looking for new ways to exploit space-based resources.
Latitudo 40 — the brainchild of Italian serial entrepreneur Vincenzo Vecchio — is a new enterprise seeking to use existing Earth-imaging satellite capabilities to provide valuable insights across a variety of sectors. The name of the company is a homage to Vecchio’s home town of Naples, which is 40 degrees north of the equator.
Vecchio began his career in the ICT sector more than 20 years ago, looking…
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