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Federal Register:  Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Systems

Federal Register: Licensing of Private Remote Sensing Systems

Summary: Commercial satellite imagery companies have long complained that the US regulatory environment is complex, capricious, and really slow. Well, lo and behold, the Commerce Department is proposing to "...entirely rewrite the current regulations," via new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Unfortunately, early reviews of the new rule are not so favorable, primarily because nearly all commercial satellite systems will get pigeonholed into a new "high-risk" classification. On a more positive note, the rule would exclude cameras used for technical purposes, which means SpaceX will no longer need a license to film its launch and recovery operations.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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The "Other" Space Force: Staffing at the FAA's Commercial Space Transportation Office

Summary: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) has a lot on its plate. Among its responsibilities, AST makes sure space launches play well with national air traffic for public safety reasons. The problem is, re-routing air traffic around very large areas of closed airspace (maybe larger than necessary) is expensive. And the longer the airspace is closed, the more air traffic gets re-routed, increasing travel time and all sorts of associated expenses.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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Is it "On-orbit Servicing" (OOS), or "In-orbit Servicing?"

Summary: We covered NSR's in-orbit servicing webcast last year. But now we have an Aerospace Corporation "Game Changer" analysis about on-orbit servicing (OOS), which sounds a lot like in-orbit servicing. Either way, within the analysis, "ON-ORBIT SERVICING: INSPECTION, REPAIR, REFUEL, UPGRADE, AND ASSEMBLY OF SATELLITES IN SPACE," the authors seem to indicate commercial and civil space operators ultimately need to study and understand the capabilities OOS brings to orbital space operations.

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: Airbus, Altius Space Machines, Astroscale, Busek, Chandah Space Technologies, Effective Space, iBoss, Made In Space, Maxar, Northrop Grumman, SSTL

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Maritime Geospatial Analysis

Maritime Geospatial Analysis

Summary: An in-depth article from Trajectory Magazine on the emerging asymmetric threats in the maritime domain and how geospatial information (optical/SAR) along with AIS data, AI, and (yes) blockchain can be used to ferret out the good guys from the bad guys.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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Spaceports of the World

Spaceports of the World

Summary: This nifty report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) provides a handy primer on the factors that make for a good launch site (both geographic and political) and a rundown on all of the major launch sites (active and proposed) around the world

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: Various spaceports

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Challenges to Security in Space

Challenges to Security in Space

Summary: This 46-page report from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) provides an overview of the counter-space threat posed by Russia and China, including cyber, directed energy, EW, kinetic kill vehicles, robotic mechanisms, and more. The DIA estimates that China will likely field a ground-based laser weapon that can counter low-orbit space-based sensors by 2020. Lovely.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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SpaceWorks- 2019 Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast

SpaceWorks- 2019 Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast

Summary: This is the 9th year that SpaceWorks' has published its annual nano/microsatellite (1-50 kg) launch forecast. Some key highlights from the report: SpaceWorks is forecasting 294 satellites to be launched in 2019, up 17% y/y ; Seven companies launched IoT satellites in 2018 ; SpaceWorks is forecasting 513 satellite launches by 2023

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: ABS, Aerial Maritime, Amos, Astro Digital, Astrocast, Axelspace, Capella Space, DigitalGlobe, Earth-i, EchoStar, Globalstar, HawkEye, Hispasat, Iceye, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, LandSpace, One Web, Planet, Satellogic, SES, Space Belt, Space Quest, SpaceX, Spire, Turksat, Urthecast, ViaSat, Vector, Virgin Orbit

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GAO: The DoD is Clueless Regarding its Space Acquisition Workforce

GAO: The DoD is Clueless Regarding its Space Acquisition Workforce

Summary: Given all the hubbub in the news regard the establishment of a Space Force, it’s worth asking what exactly is the problem that being solved? This GAO report on the DoD’s acquisition workforce gives a clue. According to the report, the DoD does not have a complete list of its space acquisition programs or the number of individuals involved in procurement (the GAO estimates ~8,000).

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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Space-Based ADS-B: Performance, Architecture, and Market Options

Space-Based ADS-B: Performance, Architecture, and Market Options

Summary: This 35-page report from Summit Space Corp provides a highly-technical assessment of space-based ADS-B aircraft tracking requirements and basically concludes that Aireon is the only legitimate game in town.

Covered Companies: Aireon

Mentioned: Aireon, GOMspace, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium, Spire

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Start Up Space 2017

Start Up Space 2017

Summary: Bryce Space and Technology recently issued an update to its popular 2016 report on investment in the space sector. The report, which spans the VC, PE, M&A, and IPO markets, concludes that startup activity remains incredibly active, with 86% of VC funding since 2000 ($4.5 B in total) occurring in the past five years. In 2016, alone, 60 VCs invested $1.5 B in startups that are now emerging at the rate of 17 per year vs, on 3 per year in the early 2000's.

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: Too many to mention.

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