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SATELLOGIC RAISES $27 MILLION IN FUNDING ROUND
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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Planet is one of Satellogic's main competitors

Source: NASA


Planet is one of Satellogic's main competitors

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BUENOS AIRES - Satellite startup Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B funding round. Tencent lead the round, giving the Chinese Internet search provider access to space assets and placing it on par with Silicon Valley companies in the U.S.

Satellogic is one of many new entrants into the satellite remote sensing market. The rising popularity of small satellite form factors has made it significantly cheaper to enter the business and compete with incumbents like DigitalGlobe and Airbus. Small satellites also enable companies to provide wider global coverage with more frequent updates, giving them an advantage over companies that use larger satellites. Companies that operate large satellites still have an advantage due to the use of larger, more capable satellites.

Due to the relative ease of entry into the small satellite market, competitive intensity has increased significantly. Satellogic hopes to compete by deploying satellites that include five spectral bands. These so-called hyperspectral satellites are particularly useful for detecting mineral and fossil fuel deposits. Satellogic's primary competitor will be San Francisco-based Planet, which already has nearly 150 small satellites deployed and operational in orbit. Planet has also acquired other companies in the market, such as Alphabet's Terra Bella and BlackBridge Geomatics.

The money raised during the Series B funding round will be vital to Satellogic, since the company has begun deploying satellites. The most recent deployment came on June 15 when Satellogic's NuSat 3 was carried into orbit by a Chinese Long March 4B rocket.

Source:  Tech Crunch
Associated URL: https://techcrunch.com/2017/06/23/satellogic-raises-27m-for-affordable-high-resolution-imaging-satellites/
Source Date: June 27, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/27/2017

 
 
SPACEX CONDUCTS TWO LAUNCHES, LANDINGS IN 48 HOURS
Monday, June 26, 2017
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A Falcon 9 blasting off

Source: Flickr/SpaceX


A Falcon 9 blasting off

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HAWTHORNE, Calif. - SpaceX has conducted two successful launches and two successful landings and deployed 11 satellites into their intended orbits in two days. The quick turnaround occurred because the BulgariaSat 1 launch was delayed and the Iridium-2 launch was moved earlier. SpaceX used two separate teams to manage each mission, reducing the workload on any single launch team.

The feat is a major accomplishment for the Elon Musk-founded launch company. Although the company's technology and low cost attracted customers from around the world, SpaceX has struggled to maintain a high enough launch rate to keep up with the demand. A failed launch in 2015 and an explosion of a Falcon 9 on the launch pad in 2016 further slowed SpaceX's launch rates.

However, the two launches between June 23 and June 25 represent a possible turning point for SpaceX. The launches represent the eighth and ninth launches, respectively, of a Falcon 9 in 2017. Furthermore, they represent the second and third launches in June. If SpaceX could sustain two to three launches of its Falcon 9 per month it would help the company clear its launch manifest and make room for additional customers.

The first launch, on June 23, carried the BulgariaSat 1 into orbit. The 3,669 kilogram satellite was built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) based on its 1300 platform for Bulgaria's first private satellite operator. The launch lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 3:10 p.m. EDT (7:10 p.m. UTC) using a refurbished Falcon 9 first stage that originally carried the first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit in January. Once it arrives in its intended geosynchronous orbit, BulgariaSat 1 will provide satellite communications, broadcast, telecommunications, and corporate services over Eastern Europe.

The June 25 launch carried 10 Iridium NEXT satellites for Iridium Communications Inc. into orbit. Liftoff occurred from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 1:25 p.m. PDT (4:25 p.m. EDT; 8:25 p.m. UTC). The satellites are part of a new network that Iridium is building to replace its current constellation of satellites operating in low Earth orbit (LEO).

Source:  SpaceX
Associated URL: www.spacex.com
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/26/2017

 
 
WITH GPS III PROGRAM IN FULL PRODUCTION SECOND SATELLITE IS FULLY ASSEMBLED
Monday, June 26, 2017
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Artist's rendition of GPS III

Source: U.S. Air Force


Artist's rendition of GPS III

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DENVER - Lockheed Martin has announced that the GPS III spacecraft are now in full rate production. With full rate production achieved, the second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the navigation payload has just been integrated onto the third satellite.

The second GPS III spacecraft entered single line flow in May. During single line flow, Lockheed Martin technicians successfully integrated its system module, propulsion core and antenna deck. GPS III SV02 smoothly came together through a series of carefully-orchestrated manufacturing maneuvers utilizing a 10-ton crane.

While the USAF originally planned to order all GPS III satellites from Lockheed Martin, the service now plans to reopen the competition. Lockheed Martin is under contract to build 10 spacecraft. However, in May 2016, the Air Force awarded production feasibility assessment three contracts to study production feasibility with Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman. One of the three companies will eventually be selected to build 22 satellites.

No matter which company receives the contract to build the remaining GPS III spacecraft, deliveries will continue at a steady pace. Satellites will need to continue to be launched to maintain global navigation coverage as older satellites reach the end of their useful lifespans.

Source:  Lockheed Martin
Associated URL: http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-06-26-GPS-III-in-Full-Production-Second-Lock
Source Date: June 26, 2017
Author: B. Ostrove, Analyst 
Posted: 06/26/2017

 

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