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On the Other Hand, this $1 Billion Seems Very Promising

On the Other Hand, this $1 Billion Seems Very Promising

Summary: For any doubts remaining about Blue Origin's New Glenn rocket building efforts, maybe there should be some re-examination of them. Blue Origin announced this week it would be investing $1 billion into all sorts of infrastructure in Florida. The investment will support New Glenn launches from Launch Complex 36 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in 2021.

Covered Companies: Blue Origin

Mentioned: N/A

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The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch

The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch

Summary: Libertarian Reason Foundation released a nearly 100-page study (the link above goes to a summary): "The Economics of Space: An Industry Ready to Launch." The study's upshot is legacy processes with no room for innovation burden NASA and slow down the private sector. However, some legacy ideas burden the study, such as asteroid mining, space-based energy sources, microgravity experimentation, etc.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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Commercializing LEO

Commercializing LEO

Summary: "[It] is unlikely that a commercially owned and operated space station will be economically viable by 2025." That statement was written two years ago in the IDA Science & Policy Institute's "Market Analysis of a Privately Owned and Operated Space Station." With that market study's findings in mind, NASA went ahead and asked for particular companies to conduct a study on the commercialization of low Earth orbit. A major stipulation appears to be the envisioning of the International Space Station as a major contributing platform to that economy, perhaps hoping for a Valerian-style outcome, a la Point Central, once commercial interests take over.

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: Axiom Space, Blue Origin, Boeing, Deloitte, KBRwyle, Lockheed Martin, McKinsey&Company, NanoRacks, Northrop Grumman, Sierra Nevada Corporation, Space Adventures, SSL

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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

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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