Tag Archives: small satellites

Phil Carrai: Kratos Eyes ‘Revolution’ in Ground Segment to Back P-LEO Satellite Constellations

Phil Carrai

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is working on new ground infrastructure that could be used to support proliferated low-Earth orbit constellations of small satellites, Breaking Defense reported Monday. “We think that p-LEO is a big deal. And there’s got to be a revolution that has to hit the ground segment,” said Phil Carrai, president of space, training and cyber division at Kratos.

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NASA Posts RFI on Earth Observation Data Products

NASA has published a request for information on FedBizOpps in an effort to determine the availability of Earth science data from commercial small satellites, Space News reported Friday. The agency will accept capability statements from the private sector through Dec. 22 and looks to purchase Earth-relevant data products through blanket purchase agreements. …

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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Main Propulsion System for DARPA-Boeing Spaceplane Project

Aerojet Rocketdyne has been selected to build the main propulsion system for a reusable hypersonic aircraft being developed by the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency and Boeing. Aerojet Rocketdyne said Wednesday that it will produce two AR-22 engines using parts from previous versions of the space shuttle main engine that has remained in the company …

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Harris, Esri Forge Imagery Analytics Partnership for Federal Clients; Stuart Blundell Comments

Harris and Esri have signed a five-year enterprise agreement with the goal to help federal agency programs gain access to commercial imagery from small satellites, open data sources and unmanned aerial system platforms. Both companies aim to create geospatial intelligence data production applications and tools for federal customers to analyze data and imagery, Esri said Thursday. …

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GMV, PLD Space Enter Investment Agreement to Develop Space Launchers

International technology conglomerate GMV has entered into an investment agreement with PLD Space to further develop the latter’s small launch vehicles. PLD Space said Monday it will collaborate with GMV to develop the flight software, guidance, navigation, telemetry and control systems of the ARION 1 and ARION 2 rockets. GMV’s endorsement helped PLD Space raise $7 million through …

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Orbital ATK’s Cygnus Spacecraft Puts 4 Spire Global CubeSats Into Orbit

An Orbital ATK-built Cygnus spacecraft has deployed four small satellites from Spire Global above the International Space Station’s orbit as part of a secondary mission, Space News reported Saturday. Jeff Foust writes the spacecraft, nicknamed S.S. Alan Poindexter, launched four Lemur-2 satellites to help Spire build a constellation of cubesats designed to collect weather and …

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Lockheed, Allied Minds Subsidiary to Seek RF Detection Tech Applications in New Markets

Lockheed Martin and the Allied Minds subsidiary HawkEye 360 have partnered to aid the adoption of HawkEye 360’s space-based radio frequency detection and mapping technology across new market segments. Lockheed said Tuesday the partnership will explore new applications for HawkEye 360’s RF technology as the latter awaits regulatory approvals on its plan to deploy a constellation of small satellites in …

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LGS Innovations to Build Optical Intersatellite Comm Terminals for DARPA; Kevin Kelly Comments

LGS Innovations has been selected to develop optical communication terminals meant to facilitate communication between two micro-satellites of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in low-Earth orbit. LGS will build a pair of lightweight, low-power laser communication terminals that DARPA plans to launch on the agency’s small satellites as part of the Inter-Satellite Communication Link initiative, the …

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