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EDMO Distributors and AvMap Satellite Navigation have penned a distribution contract

The pioneer of distributing avionics and installation components, EDMO Distributors, has penned a distribution contract with AvMap Satellite Navigation. AvMap is renowned for developing navigation systems, with the first of a kind being unveiled 27 years ago. The company’s EKP V is a peculiar map display hosted or planted in on a spacecraft. Moreover, customers have the opportunity to top up the equipment with an ADAHRS technology or its advanced type called the A2 ADAHRS. Other products that have characterized the popularity of the company include EngiBOX and Ultra EFIS systems. These multi-operational avionics offer advanced display, navigation, and observatory systems for Experimental and Light-Sport aircraft utilizing the ROTAX power system. EDMO is planning to penetrate the North American market by expanding its business connections.

AvMap’s sales manager, Bjorn Nagelhout, stated that they are excited to partner once again with EDMO Distributors considering their previous involvement in the initial EKP kneeboard rollout system. He explained that their growing product line was requiring the services of a firm like EDMO in the advertisement of its products and other marketing activities. AvMap’s products can be integrated into many systems ranging from autopilot operations, CAS, video cameras, and providing essential weather display services. The company boasts of quality systems and advanced US and European customer support potential. This feature is viable because their systems are not certified by TSO, allowing them to go to extremes to harvest data and improve their technology.

The vice president of Sales and Marketing at EDMO, Jeffery Geraci, observed that AvMap’s production line had grown considerably to offer peculiar value in both experimental pilot and reference and support in circumstantial awareness for certification. Some of the key advancements that EDMO observed include a versatile vision, autopilot features, and crucial add-ons. The company has witnessed versatile changes in the navigation sector and has managed to survive all the waves of changes. It has upgraded its intelligent farming, avionics, and smart devices to attract and grow its market share. AvMap’s location in Italy makes it available for government agencies’ services, rescue missions, and other crucial operations.

On the other hand, EDMO Distributors is happy to be in service for the last 50 years, garnering a reputation in providing aircraft components, test equipment, installation systems, pilot tools, and wires and cables. The company has never failed to offer the best alternatives when the market products have proven to be defective and less efficient, making it stand out among the other companies. The company executives explained their supply of quality products in what has kept customers and earned their loyalty.

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Kerbal Space Program 2 will deploy Kerbonauts into the virtual space

The makers of the famous video game “Kerbal Space Program” from the Private Division and Intercept Games has been asked to answer the composition of Kerbals in a YouTube video where they were discussing the next Kerbal Space Program 2 that will be deployed next year. The game’s unveiling will allow the Kerbals, in-game astronauts, to experience a new feel when they run the interstellar spacecraft.

The frustration of operating these systems will make them pressurize the spacecraft and do other engineering operations to keep the spacecraft in motion. The executive producer of the KSP at Private Division, Michael Cook, stated that this would be an exciting moment for the Kerbals to simulate the terror that they can create with the spacecraft. In essence, the mission will be representing the astronauts or their developers on the appropriate techniques that they should employ to maneuver in space.

Veteran KSP players understand the frustrations and excitement that comes with the games that represent space physics. Some of the challenges include developing and deploying rockets and spacecraft that can host the Kerbals. Various developers insinuated that the Kerbals’ humanity activates the game’s fame among the gamers. The 3D animator and content developer for Intercept Games, Paul Zimmer, stated that the addition of Kerbals advances the emotional and human aspects of the astronomical game. The unavailability of these Kerbals takes away the responses that stir up the game’s excitement that they display in this new model.

The creative director of Intercept, Nate Simpson, explained that the introduction of Kerbals brings the joy that the simulations test hard things over and over on the game until there is a breakthrough. The purpose of the Kerbals is to demonstrate that failure in developing a machine that can navigate space should not stop the developers but rather inspire them to continue their exploits until they better their techniques.

Simpson noted that the Kerbals encounter all the wrong things that we would expect spacecraft developers to come across until they eventually rise to the era of interstellar civilization. Kerbal Space Program 2 will unleash new things, including various personalities, facial expressions, hairdos, and versatile responses that the Kerbonauts will be stated in response to their challenges in their quest to venture into space.

The developers purposely allowed the Kerbals to respond in various ways while under gravitational space. KSP 2 was supposed to come to the scenes last year; numerous delays, including the upgrade of some essentials in the game, forced it to wait until next year. Nevertheless, the delay is worthy since the developers establish a more solid foundation for the players and modders to interact through this decade.

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Momentus and Pixxel agree to enter a deal for the Second Satellite deployment

Momentus and Pixxel have come to terms to develop the second small satellite for Pixxel and deploy it to the SSO orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at the end of next year. Nevertheless, the two agencies have the opportunity to deploy the payload in 2022 if technical challenges arise before the launch of this mission.

Pixxel is developing a group of satellites for optical imaging to obtain valuable data across the globe concerning various aspects. The purpose of the agreement between Pixxel and Momentus is that Momentus Shuttle Service will give Pixxel rideshare opportunities for its upcoming payloads heading for the low-Earth orbit.

Pixxel came into being last year courtesy of Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal. The two decided to develop the company to deliver data concerning agricultural performance and climatic changes. Pixxel has garnered $5 million, which has been instrumental in developing its second satellite’s facilities and deployment with support from Momentus. The company hopes to attract more funding and receive more rideshare opportunities for its incubating projects.

Awais Ahmed, one of the founders, expressed his excitement to partner with Momentus, hoping to deliver the first payload for its customers in secure proximity. He added that they wish to witness a good display by the company in servicing its upcoming rideshare missions. It has proved itself in the space industry, capable of delivering these services. Awais hopes that they can explore the low-Earth orbit through the services of Momentus.

The chief executive of Momentus, Mikhail Kokorich, admitted that Pixxel is a startup that any company would love to team up with considering that they are doing great innovative work in such a short time. Mikhail added that it would be sad to lose such a worthy company from the space industry since the company shares in the objective of people venturing space with the available infrastructure and development projects. 

On the other hand, Momentus has been expanding significantly since its formation three years ago. In its growth process, Momentus has garnered several customers beginning from commercial space agencies like NASA to the space industry pioneers like SpaceX. Momentus is happy to help Pixxel to also get on to its feet the same way it gained its reputation through the help of other companies.

In conclusion, Momentus utilizes new technology like water technology for propulsion for its upcoming space vehicles. Some of the cars include the Shuttle Service module and Charter Service prototype, deploying payloads to space and offering rideshare services to startup companies like Pixxel.

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ICEYE initiates large scale manufacture of satellite

Space exploration has revolutionized over the years, with the space industry launching different rockets’ designs to the moon and the universe. Additionally, space exploration brought the universe closer to the earth through live pictures, consequently increasing scientific space knowledge. The revolution was instigated by commercial space exploration that attracted different investors to venture into space exploration. ICEYE is among the space companies that have ventured into space exploration.

ICEYE’s operations are based in Finnish and involve satellites that capture pictures of the earth’s surface while utilizing the Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. Resultantly, SAR technology obtains geospatial data that aids its client to get a clear and intellectual decision. Surprisingly, ICEYE is the first global industry to construct a SAR satellite weighing up to 100kgs. The company recently raised funding of $87 million, totaling $152 million from the initial rounds. ICEYE’s plans include launching four SAR satellites by the end of 2020 and an extra eight SAR’s by 2021. 

Dr.Mark Matossian, the managing director of the U.S. ICEYE, noted that the company is in the progress of space exploration and they are well equipped with a five-year experience of space exploration. He further added that the new move would transform the company’s goal and increase the market scope. On the other hand, the company has been in service since 2018 with its three satellites that serve the customers. The clients are exposed to quality imagery of the earth’s surface through cloud storage. 

ICEYE also delivers precise services that help meteorologists predict the weather and monitor the formation of weather catastrophes like floods and tornados. Conversely, the company also offers services to companies in the mining, insurance, and utility sector. For example, Tokio Marine, a global insurance organization based in Japan, is a client to ICEYE. The company seeks to establish its customer base in the U.S. Matossian, a former Google employee who worked with the Terra Bella Earth-imaging constellation, came on board to help ICEYE progress its market scope.

Matossian further notes that the funding will propel the company into an expansion phase, and more organizations will seek the services. Additionally, Matossian explains that construction companies will access the company’s services through distant asset monitoring. The benefit of expanding into different company sectors makes the clients uninformed about the source of data. For example, raw data given to the insurance company may seem irrelevant. Moreover, the company will provide a spreadsheet that will comprise of every possession they insure.     

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New Strategies unveil as NASA and Space Force partner

As humankind continues to advance in space exploration expeditions, new cohorts help facilitate humanity’s mission to explore other outer space bodies. Several space corporations and state agencies are collaborating to develop space technologies that draw humans closer to achieving the vision of living and working on a planet such as Mars. Every commercial space company seeks to bring onboard NASA as its potential customer or funder because of the agency’s comprehensive network, state-of-the-art space technologies, and expertise. Initially, numerous speculations about the much-anticipated partnership between the two United States agencies circulated public media, but all is clear. NASA officially affirmed the association between the agency and the United States Space Force to develop policies, research studies, and space industry technologies. The partnership seeks to protect the planet against hazardous bodies like asteroids. 

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, and General John Raymond, the director of Space Operations, discussed the terms of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 22 during an online forum that the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies conducted. The MoU substitutes a prior agreement between NASA and the United States Air Force Space Command endorsed over two decades ago. The creation of Space Force back in December 2019 disestablished the cohort between the two agencies. Raymond said that the Space Force anticipates future partnership because NASA continues to advance into space exploration technologies for humanity’s benefits. The central objective of the Space Force is to ensure freedom of operation in space to support NASA’s program that aims to take a man back to the Moon and attain the most remarkable space exploration in the history of humanity by reaching Mars.

NASA is an agency that plays no military operations. NASA plans to sort for military support from agencies such as the Space Force to protect its assets, currently in orbit, against hostile attacks. Bridenstine said that there are many challenges in the space industry, and NASA faces the same risks, just like the agency’s peers who are commercial operators. The Space Force plays a vital role in supporting NASA to help the agency achieve its mission while protecting its space assets. 

Bridenstine stated that nations are designing, developing, and deploying laser technology and other techniques that interfere with satellite communications. Some countries use cyber weapons to enable them to hack and hijack space systems. Every nation using the space network domain is at risk from these potential threats. When an attack occurs on any spacecraft, the perpetrator’s identity becomes critically essential; however, it is challenging to point out space networks’ culprits.

In conclusion, NASA plans to take advantage of the agency’s international standing to foster new cohorts to facilitate peaceful space use. The agency continues to prepare for its lunar lander mission, encouraging private corporations to utilize the Moon’s resources.

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Germany’s Space Industry proposes the construction of a mobile Launchpad for satellites in the North Sea

The German government is reviewing a proposal from its space industry to develop mobile satellite launchpads. The initiative plans to use the launchpads for small satellites’ inauguration, not weighing more than one tonne, carried in Germany-built launch vehicle rockets. Although the government still intends to announce the site selected for the launchpad officially, many people speculate its location within Germany’s economic zone.

Current mainstream media reports show that the Federation of German Industries (BDI) advocates implementing the project. The German government declared that the project is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP). The BDI proposal for the country’s launchpad project is technically viable and seeks to develop strategic and economic meaning. Germany’s digital economy heavily relies on satellites that provide a network for upcoming technological advancements such as autonomous cars and other self-driving vehicles. 

Developments within the space industry unlock the potential for growth of the digital economy; such projects make the sector attractive to start-up companies. The Isar Aerospace, based in Ottobrunn, is one of the three German start-up companies involved in the launchpad project proposal. The Isar Aerospace specializes in the design and manufacture of two-stage rockets that measure 89ft high. The company plans to conduct its space launch missions for the rockets as of next year. Bulent Altan, formerly the deputy director at SpaceX, is among the advisors at Isar Aerospace. Elon Musk, a tech billionaire, is the CEO of SpaceX based in the United States.

The vision is to design launchpads to inaugurate rockets with no boosters, unlike the rockets that the European Space Agency launches at its Kourou inauguration site in French Guiana. The German government plans to develop launchpads, particularly for mini-rockets. Several space companies and agencies around the world continue to build miniature rockets of similar architecture. 

There is a growing popularity for compact satellites that operate on low-cost, miniature electronics. Space cooperations continue to launch these satellites in constellations of 30 to 60 satellites carried in big launch vehicle rockets. Space regulatory continues to urge companies within the industry to develop miniature and agile rockets that are more responsive to the market’s demands. The German government stated its intentions to finance projects within the country’s micro-launcher sector. Other Northern European states such as the United Kingdom, Norway, and Sweden are at the forefront of the initiative. 

In summary, there is unlimited potential for the development of the space industry as many space cooperations innovate technological advancements designed to help humankind reach for planets beyond. Countries that foster policies and regulations that favor growth in the space industry continue solidifying their digital technology economy’s reputation. 

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Speculations about Space Force developing heavy-lift military launch vehicles

Last month, the United States Space Force selected the United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy as launch vehicles that satisfied the state security requirements to fly its satellites. 

Brig. Gen. Jason Cothern, the procurement supervisor of inauguration services at the U.S. Space Force, expressed the excitement and anticipations for future space exploration missions. Cothern made the statement as the vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) during an online forum conducted by the RAND Corporation on September 8. 

However, Cothern’s statement omitted the speculations that the Space Force plans to utilize ultra heavy reusable launch vehicles such as Blue Origin’s New Glenn or SpaceX’s Starship for future satellite inaugurations. While responding to a question on whether the military plans to employ super heavy-lift launch vehicles for its space missions, Cothern said that their providers satisfy both the current and later goals of the agency.

Space and Missile Systems Center strive to attain 100% success in every space mission it conducts. SMC anticipates partnering with ULA and SpaceX in the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 program. Currently, the most crucial concern is the requirements for the next generation of lift-off vehicles for upcoming military space missions. Cothern said that the type and design of the launch vehicles depend on the kind of threats involved during the mission. The development process consists of acknowledging the risks and determining the applicable requirements and architectures that neutralize the hazards.

The RAND forum involved a panel discussion focused on the market research study for the cooperation’s space launch missions. The recommendations from the research prompted an endless debate on the responsibility of the United States military in fostering strategies for the future of the launch industry.

Bonnie Triezenberg, a senior engineer at RAND and the lead author of the market study, insisted that the Air Force took a decisive step to select two space companies for the National Security Space Launch Phase 2 program procurement. However, the Air Force considers a move to support more space corporations to boost development within the United States commercial base.

Cothern said the Space Force is yet to consider plans to financially support space launch companies aside from the two contract awardee of Phase 2. Launch providers such as Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin are to incur the costs for conducting all the National Security Launch certification procedures on their new launch vehicles. Cothern said that the Space Force looks forward to working with any other launch provider not selected for Phase 2 launch, but at their own expense. To conclude, the future of the space industry is promising for any launch provider considering working with the Space Force. 

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A continuing resolution (CR) is an enigma for Space Force – Raymond

Congress will be authenticating a continuing resolution to finance the US government when the new financial year starts this October. If Congress decides to lengthen the CR to the next financial year, then the US Space Force will be under financial strain since its funds embedded in the Air Force budget will delay. All monies in the Air Force budget are only apportionable when the budget is within one financial year. This explanation implies that Space Force will have to halt some of its projects which need money.

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond of the US Space Force explained that an extended CR would barricade some of their essential projects on Tuesday. He stated this in a virtual Air Force Cyber Conference.

Raymond revealed that billions of cash that would have moved from the Air Force’s budget to Space Force would hold until the extended CR comes to its end. He argues that this would decapitate their operations and programs. The funds in question are vital in operations and programs like maintenance, research and development, test flights, acquisition of payloads, and emergency war spendings.

The US president and his Congress legislators discuss terms of the CR to prevent governmental paralysis of various operations. The CR in question would be partially effective in 2020 and wait until Congress apportions the fiscal budget that terminates it next year.

Raymond explained that their biggest problem is the vast funds planned for their operations, which the CR impedes their descending to Space Force. The White House tabled a report which contains ambiguities in the CR to Congres for it to resolve them quickly and amicably. One of the titles is the challenge of the Space Force accessing crucial funds through the CR.

Raymond explained the essence of Congress resolving these ambiguities as quickly as possible. He added that the legislators must amend some terms and clauses in the CR to prevent financial tussles and tugs. Space Force will encounter changing accounts when Congress passes a new appropriation bill.

The CR bars agencies like Space Force from initiating new programs that can be essential for their projects’ performance. Some of the projects that would be affected by the CR include the acquisition of new GPS satellites and the upscaling of the National Space Defense Center at its Colorado Springs facility.

In conclusion, Raymond expressed his fear that these important projects would be back-pedaled by the CR extension. Additionally, he worries that there will be arguments with the National Reconnaissance Office over terrestrial space if the facility in Colorado Springs does not expand to completion and in time.

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NASA’s fresh call for Moon Lander payload from the agency’s commercial partners

NASA published new calls for the agency’s partners in the private space industry to manufacture more lunar landers. According to NASA’s request for more scientific and trial Moon lander payloads, the agency anticipates to receive them later on in 2022. The agency plans on using the payloads to help make the path for NASA’s Artemis program that seeks to take humankind back to the Moon in 2024. After the successful Apollo Moon landing mission, NASA continues to roll out plans to return humankind to the Moon. The agency’s Artemis Project is one such program that continues to develop lunar lander equipment and spacecraft. 

Recently, NASA’s Search and Rescue office partnered with Australia’s SmartSat Cooperative Research Center to develop beacon technologies for astronauts on the Moon. The network is expected to facilitate the transmission of distress-related signals from the astronauts, whether on the Moon or in case something goes wrong during deployment of a rocket’s lunar payload. 

NASA announced a call for innovation to help the agency deal with dust particles’ messy problems on the Moon’s surface. The agency conducts a yearly idea competition to attract students from college and universities to ideate, prototype, test, and demonstrate resilient dust mitigation projects. 

Initially, NASA established its own Commercial Lunar Payload Service (CLPS) project to ensure a stable number of approved special services suppliers. The types of services include producing lunar landers capable of withstanding last-mile deployment of special lunar payloads. NASA’s CLPS comprises 14 corporations listed as vendors, to name some such as SpaceX, Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Firefly, and Astrobotic make up space companies that are eligible for bidding on contracts NASA creates to deliver specific payloads to the surface of the Moon.

NASA awarded contracts for two groups of payloads from the CLPS project, part of four scheduled launches under contract. Firstly, the planned launches are June 2021 Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One launch; secondly, October 2021 Intuitive Machines IM-1 inauguration; thirdly, December 2022 Mansten’s Mission One launch; lastly, Astrobotic’s VIPER mission set for 2023.

An in-depth look at the new payloads indicates that the list consists of different scientific instruments such as the lunar regolith, adhesion testing apparatus, X-ray imaging devices, a dust-resistant shield. 

NASA’s private lunar lander partners under the CLPS program are eligible to submit contract bids to conduct the new list of 10 trials and demonstrations; the plan is to deliver the stated instrument by 2022. The agency anticipates selecting a bid winner for the new contract award by late this year. 

To conclude, NASA’s effort to improve the life of humankind through space exploration is truly remarkable. NASA continues to plan more projects, programs, and idea competitions to improve their existing space technologies and expertise; with new challenges come fresh opportunities to develop a thing or two. 

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A report observes ways Artemis backs sustainable human Red planet (Mars) exploration

The Artemis program from NASA of the human lunate survey can aid make way for human Red Planet operations, as per a recent publication, even though some nips to those strategies might be necessitated. The publication, unveiled through the space survey support group Explore Mars at the time of the virtual Human to Mars Summit, is founded on a workspace conducted latter November that brought together officials of NASA, industry as well as academia to survey methodologies for an inexpensive human survey for the Red Planet.

The workspace recognized 85 activities or tasks related to the human Red Planet survey, stretching from human health to touchdown technologies and surface systems. A substantial figure of them can gain from the Artemis slate or current study on the International Space Station.

It would be increased by task on the Red Planet-specific technologies. Lisa May from Lockheed Martin remarked that they had to be focusing on removing dangers, showing technologies as well as staying and tasking on the moon in equivalence with advancing those particular, distinct technologies.

One site of research panellists observed that it is attaining experience in partial gravity like the one the moon’s surface or the Red Planet. The workspace stated that some modifications to the Artemis slate might be necessitated so that it can work well on the Red Planet survey. Lisa highlighted that getting people on the moon’s surface to conduct their tasks, perform their survey and science, and making a maintainable presence was not enough.

One instance of alteration has prolonged operations on the lunate Gateway that NASA currently suggests to utilize for comparatively short stopovers by spacemen. She added that they could imitate Mars operations, Mars transportation time by getting crews to stay for a longer period around the Gateway.

The other tasking group at the workspace concentrated on situ resource usage, specifically gaining access to water ice residues that probably exist on the red planet as well as the moon. That comprises of a sequence of predecessor operations on the two universes to establish how reachable the ice is.

An instance of such operation in NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration that shall search for water ice around the south pole of the moon. Clive Neal, a university lecturer from the University of Notre Dame, concurred, stressing the significance of recognizing reserves of water ice on the moon and the Red Planet that could be utilized by crewed operations. He remarked that comprehending how much they would obtain and utilize was going to determine the structure of what they set together to travel to the moon and then the Red Planet.