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SSL to Design Methane Emission Detection Satellite; Richard White Quoted

Maxar TechnologiesSSL subsidiary has received a contract from Environmental Defense Fund to design and define requirements for a small satellite designed to detect and monitor methane emissions from oil and gas facilities worldwide. MethaneSAT is a small form-factor satellite that will work to provide high-resolution images to help detect and measure low- and high-emission sources in regions that constitute more than 80 percent of global production of oil and gas per week, Maxar said Thursday

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Harris Eyes $125M Investment to Back R&D Projects in Florida; William Brown Quoted

Harris plans to make an investment worth over $125M in research-and-development projects in Florida to support tech innovation and talent recruitment efforts in the state. The company said Monday R&D initiatives will focus on robotics, avionics, small satellite units and electronic warfare and will occur at the firm’s facilities in Central Florida in support …

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Harris Launches Small Comms Satellite for Defense, Commercial Clients; Bill Gattle Quoted

Harris has launched its first small satellite through a medium-lift launch vehicle developed by the India’s space research organization. The Harris Satellite is built to operate in low Earth orbit and seeks to address military and commercial communications requirements, the company said Thursday. The 6U cubesat uses a mission architecture designed for …

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Boeing Subsidiary Completes 18-Month Small Satellite Tech Demo Mission

Boeing‘s Millennium Space Systems subsidiary has completed an 18-month mission to demonstrate the performance of small satellite subsystems while in orbit. Millennium said Tuesday it decomissioned the ALTAIR Pathfinder satellite through an operations center in El Segundo, Calif., and spent more than 13K hours to address technology risks. The internally funded mission aimed to showcase …

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Radiant Solutions, SSL to Collaborate on DARPA Satellite Telescope Dev’t Program; Tony Frazier, Richard White Quoted

Maxar Technologies’ Radiant Solutions subsidiary has received a potential $2M contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design and build a new optical telescope platform for constellations of small Earth observation satellites. Radiant Solutions will lead a team and combine its experience in geospatial mission engineering with SSL’s …

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DigitalGlobe, Spire, Planet to Provide Earth Science Data Under NASA Contracts

NASA has awarded blanket purchase agreements to three companies to provide the agency with Earth observation data sets derived from constellations of commercial small satellites. Maxar Technologies’ DigitalGlobe subsidiary, Planet and Spire received the sole-source contracts under the agency’s Private Sector Small Constellation Satellite Data Product Pilot program, NASA said …

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Defense Contractors Invest in Small Satellites; Raytheon’s Dave Wajsgras Quoted

Some defense companies such as Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Boeing have made investments in startups that develop small satellites as the Pentagon and intelligence agencies work to counter space security threats through the use of Cubesats, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Raytheon announced a partnership with Herndon, Va.-based satellite firm HawkEye …

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NASA Authorizes Thermal Management Technologies to Use Patented Tech to Develop Smallsat Release Mechanism

NASA has licensed a patented technology to Thermal Management Technologies to develop the North Logan, Utah-based company’s small satellite release mechanism. The space agency said Monday TMT can use the Diminutive Assembly for Nanosatellite deploYables as basis for the Gecko Release Mechanism, which is designed to incorporate a gecko’s size and …

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