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Earth Observation: Not Just Imagery - NSR, Jan 2019
"In an industry dominated by optical and radar imaging satellites, it is not surprising to see diversification into non-imagery assets, such as the recent announcements from Spire, GeoOptics, and GHGsat. Radio occultation, greenhouse gas monitoring, infrared, the market is expanding, looking for new ways to monitor human activity and the changing world.

NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 10th Edition report forecasts the revenue opportunity from non-imagery data to grow to almost $255M by 2027, at a CAGR of 45.7%. Early investment from Public Authorities, Weather, and Energy customers is expected to drive the market, until supply and data pipelines are matured, when Services and Industrial verticals especially will show more interest."

"... NSR forecasts the opportunity to shift in the favor of these downstream services, from 5% of total non-imagery EO revenues coming from IP and Big Data analytics in 2017 to 74% by 2027."
NSR  satellite  remote-sensing  EarthObservation  EO  market-research 
january 2019 by pierredv
EO SAR Imagery Prices Limit Opportunity - NSR Dec 2018
"In theory, radar imagery for Earth Observation is far superior to optical. With imagery capable of capturing scenes at night and penetrating clouds, SAR overcomes many challenges inherent to imaging the Earth with passive optical sensors.

"It would seem that investors are banking on these capabilities for increased coverage and insights from SAR imagery given recent funding announcements from Iceye, and Ursa Space. Revisit and analytics are cited as key drivers, with many working to develop algorithms for analyzing and monitoring assets, even across traditional vertical markets.

"However, in practice, SAR revenues and market penetration remain relatively low, and NSR does not expect radar to overtake or greatly outpace the optical opportunity anytime soon."

"When examining EO data adoption, one must consider resolution, revisit, and pricing as key customer-decision factors."
radar  remote-sensing  satellite  NSR  EO 
december 2018 by pierredv
SpaceX launch will rocket 71 satellites into space, help hunt pirates - Business Insider
"The trio of spacecraft belong to a startup called HawkEye 360, and they're designed to "see" radio signals from space. The company's software will take unique radio signals coming from ships to "fingerprint" vessels, track them over time, and even forecast future movements."

"A HawkEye 360 data visualization that shows every instance over a month in which a boat turned off its automatic identification system (AIS) for more than 8 hours."

"Pathfinder, like the other satellites SpaceX is launching, will sweep around Earth from pole-to-pole in what's called a sun-synchronous orbit — hence the "SSO" in the mission's name."

"The Pathfinder system relies on the fact that so many brands and models of radio transponders are used by ships. Minor variations in those devices , and the frequencies they use, lead to subtle differences in radio emissions that HawkEye 360 says it can detect and exploit. "

"The company expects the US military to be increasingly interested in the technology, especially considering that HawkEye 360 can deploy its sensors on airplanes and high-altitude balloons (in addition to satellites)."
remote-sensing  EO  HawkEye360  BusinessInsider  shipping 
november 2018 by pierredv
EO Smallsat Market: Where to Go from Here? - NSR Nov 2018
"Smallsat operators, now more than 40, all expect to capture a sizeable piece of the EO downstream market. The questions are: How big is this pie and who is it for?"

"NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 10th Edition report forecasts the EO smallsat downstream market will experience double-digit CAGRs, and cumulatively account for $9.7B in revenue over the next decade. Growth will come from all verticals, but a large segment of this growth is to arrive in the form of Big Data analytics for Defense & Intelligence and Managed Living Resources (Agriculture, Forestry, etc.)."

"Another factor driving change and growth in the industry is the devaluation of imagery and the growing focus on Big Data analytics. Currently, Big Data analytics players favor MR imagery due to its easier access and lower costs. However, upcoming supply and growing archives are serving to depreciate the cost of imagery, lowering the barrier to entry for utilization of HR imagery."
NSR  smallsats  EO  remote-sensing  market-research 
november 2018 by pierredv
NSR Report: Earth Observation Markets to Generate $54 Billion in Revenue by 2027 - NSR, Oct 2018
"NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation (EO), 10th Edition report, released today, projects Earth Observation satellite data and services will represent a $54 billion cumulative opportunity over the next ten years, growing to $6.9 billion annually in 2027"

"The market’s evolution toward more on-demand data and services will be driven by satellite constellations, high-volume imagery platforms, and subscriptions"

"As the EO industry continues to shift from imagery to insights, ... a greater opportunity for downstream Information Products and Big Data analytics, than for the sale of data."

"the market is expected to face aggressive consolidation"
NSR  EO  remote-sensing  EarthObservation  satellite  business  market-research  data-analytics  analytics 
october 2018 by pierredv
Satellite Big Data 3L’s: Location, Location, Location — NSR's Big Data Analytics , Satnews Daily Sep 2018
Article by Shivaprakash Muruganandham, NSR Analys

"NSR’s Big Data Analytics via Satellite, 2nd Edition report identifies seven vertical markets as growth areas, and more than 70 percent of the share is held by the Transportation, Government and Military (Gov/Mil) and Energy markets throughout the forecast period."


"The mobile nature of the transportation segment ensures that it remains important throughout the next decade, with nearly 1 out of every three dollars spent on SBD coming from land, maritime and aeronautical transport segments."

Government & Military

"NSR finds growth in this sector to be largely driven by the rise of geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), with EO applications growing at nearly twice the rate of M2M/IoT SATCOM applications"


"M2M/IoT SATCOM will continue to play a major role in Energy, due to the remote nature of asset locations and the absence of terrestrial solutions."

"NSR’s considers that EO satellite-based analytics services are expected to grow in importance for this vertical, despite competition from unmanned aerial system (UAS) alternatives. This growth will be fueled by the rise of new sensing capabilities such as methane tracking and emissions monitoring solutions for O&G companies looking to mitigate financial risks."
NSR  market-research  satellite  data-analytics  Satnews  EO  remote-sensing  UAS 
october 2018 by pierredv
Insight-as-a-Service for Satellite Networks - NSR Sep 2018
"The terrestrial telecom industry is fast shifting towards 5G networks, with Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) forming key parts of major strategic efforts. This is seen in multiple market movements where organizations such as Verizon, AT&T and Ericsson have begun to shift towards adopting SDN/NFV approaches to manage increasingly complex networks. But what does this mean for satellite players, and how can they remain competitive?

With satellite operators beginning to unlock value behind pixels and bits, the industry is moving downstream towards a data-driven application business. Earth Observation (EO) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) / Internet-of-Things (IoT) satcom stand at an inflection point. While most of the opportunity will remain in the application layer, a parallel story is emerging in the network layer as well."

"NSR’s Big Data Analytics via Satellite, 2nd Edition report establishes the revenue potential for satellite big data lies largely in the Transportation, Gov/Mil and Energy markets."

"A major driving force of this growth is the increasing complexity of networks."

"... in late 2017, SES used dynamic bandwidth allocation based on SDN principles on its O3b fleet."
NSR  satellite  5G  SDN  NFV  EO  remote-sensing  M2M  IoT  market-research  SES  O3b 
september 2018 by pierredv
Capella Space raises $19 million for radar constellation - Sep 2018
"Capella Space, a startup planning a constellation of radar imaging satellites, has raised an additional $19 million to fund continued development of its system. ... has raised approximately $35 million to date...

That funding will support development of what Capella Space ultimately plans to be a 36-satellite constellation providing synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery with hourly revisit times. "

"SAR offers the benefit of being able to collect imagery regardless of time of day or amount of cloud cover, unlike optical imagery. However, it’s also had a reputation for being more difficult to work with, an issue Banazadeh said is fading with the rise of automated systems to interpret the imagery and extract the desired information."

Matt Ocko of DCVC: “Commodity trading, urban development, critical infrastructure, shipping and security: businesses across the board realize that milliseconds matter in today’s global economy, and a steady stream of reliable, easily accessible Earth information just does not exist.”

"Commercially, he said major customers will likely come from the infrastructure monitoring, maritime and agricultural markets."
SpaceNews  remote-sensing  EO  CapellaSpace  satellite  SAR  radar 
september 2018 by pierredv
Using Satellite Data to Scale Smallholder Agricultural Insurance | CGAP Sep 2018
"This paper looks beyond the excitement of the vast possibilities for satellite data applications to promote scale in smallholder agricultural insurance. It documents lessons learned from using these data to reduce the costs and improve the quality of smallholder agricultural insurance in Nigeria and Kenya. "
CGAP  development-assistance  finance  insurance  satellite  agriculture  Nigeria  Kenya  remote-sensing  EO 
september 2018 by pierredv
APOD: 2018 September 9 - Aerosol Earth
"... the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP) model relies on a combination of Earth-observing satellite and ground-based data to calculate the presence of types of aerosols, tiny solid particles and liquid droplets, as they circulate above the entire planet. This August 23rd model shows black carbon particles in red from combustion processes, like smoke from the fires in the United States and Canada, spreading across large stretches of North America and Africa. Sea salt aerosols are in blue, swirling above threatening typhoons near South Korea and Japan, and the hurricane looming near Hawaii. Dust shown in purple hues is blowing over African and Asian deserts."
images  photography  EO  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  APOD  ** 
september 2018 by pierredv
EO Investment Picture: Worth More Than a Thousand Words - Northern Sky Research Jul 2018
"The Earth Observation (EO) market has been in constant evolution and recently, it has transitioned from costly, large EO satellites to smaller, more nimble ones flying as part of constellations. Using many small satellites is enabling real-time earth monitoring and observation, and with this, increasingly large amounts of data are being produced every day. Additionally, medium resolution imaging (1 m. to 5 m.) is abundant, and its price relatively low and declining."

"This combination of price decrease and data profusion has created a business opportunity favoring the entrance of new players and the application of digital technologies into new business models,"

"Small satellite constellations with new sensor technologies have enabled data and imaging of the Earth in large amounts, thereby allowing for a new set of companies to arise at the intersection of low-priced imagery and digital technologies: data analytics.

And it is not by coincidence that NSR’s research found almost 90% of new space companies dedicated to EO are for data analytics; inexpensive imagery and digital technologies can deliver high value intelligence applications at a much cheaper cost."

"45% of new EO companies were founded in North America and captured 84% of total investments."

"Diving deeper into 2017, and more particularly into the dynamic North American market, NSR’s analysis shows most investor attention was focused on two companies: Orbital Insights and Descartes Labs. "
NSR  satellite  space  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  business  market-research  data-analytics  investing  EO  OrbitalInsights  DescartesLabs 
july 2018 by pierredv
Earth observation startup Planet trims workforce by "less than ten percent" - Jul 2018
"Planet, the startup that operates the world’s largest constellation of Earth imaging satellites, laid off dozens of workers July 13. One source put the number at 38."

Per Jeff Foust, seem to be "shifting from developing its imaging satellite constellation to creating new commercial products based on the images those satellites provide"

"Planet was founded in 2010 with a small team and a big idea: to deploy an enormous constellation of cubesats to offer daily, global Earth imagery. The San Francisco startup, which grew to employ nearly 500 people, achieved that goal late last year with 200 satellites, including its own cubesats and larger spacecraft it acquired when it took control of BlackBridge’s RapidEye fleet in 2015 and Google’s Terra Bella constellation in 2017."
SpaceNews  space  remote-sensing  satellite  business  EO  EarthObservation 
july 2018 by pierredv
Space Radar Satellites Tracking Earth From Space - Nanalyze June 2018
The ability to shrink space radars down to below 100 kilograms is a real game changer in terms of both construction and launch costs for these types of satellites. ICEYE seems to have taken the lead and is already improving the resolution without adding much bulk (about 20 pounds) to its next-generation SAR satellite. As the constellation grows, it will provide even faster “revisit” rates, meaning updated data on the same geographic location, on the scale of just a few hours. That’s important not just for automating something like shipping traffic but for, say, managing assets during a natural disaster such as a hurricane, where persistent cloud cover would foil optical satellite systems.
space  remote-sensing  ICEYE  radar  SAR  nanalyze 
june 2018 by pierredv
NOAA's Most Advanced Weather Satellite Captures Stunning Images - Via Satellite - June 2018
The first imagery from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has made its public debut.
ViaSatellite  NOAA  GOES  remote-sensing 
june 2018 by pierredv
Commerce Department to create “SPACE Administration” - May 2018
"In a statement issued after the May 24 signing of Space Policy Directive 2, the department said it plans to combine several existing offices into a new office called the Space Policy Advancing Commercial Enterprise (SPACE) Administration.

"The SPACE Administration, the department said, will incorporate the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs office and the Office of Space Commerce, currently part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The department was already planning such a consolidation of the offices, which would be moved out of NOAA and directly under Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross."
DoC  SpaceNews  remote-sensing  NOAA 
may 2018 by pierredv
April 2018 - EO from LEO: Earth Observation Going Mainstream | Via Satellite april 2018
"NewSpace has largely put the idea of one-off satellites into the rearview mirror. Now the sector seems to be pushing the idea of a one-off constellation behind us as well."

"A decade ago, it took about $1 billion and 10 years to launch a constellation. Today, the advent of nanosatellites has cut that down to around $100 million and three years — still significant."
EO  LEO  remote-sensing  opinion 
may 2018 by pierredv
Deimos Imaging Makes History with US GSA Contract - Via Satellite - April 2018
Deimos Imaging and UrtheCast have won a GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 070 contract by the United States General Services Administration (GSA), the procurement arm of the federal government. The five-year GSA program establishes long-term government-wide contracts and allows federal customers to efficiently purchase Earth observation products and services from Deimos Imaging under GSA IT Schedule 70, Special Item Number 132-41. Under this contract, Deimos Imaging can provide federal, state, local, tribal, and regional government agencies with customized and ready-to-use satellite imagery products and services.
ViaSatellite  EO  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  DoD  GSA  DeimosImaging  UrtheCast 
april 2018 by pierredv
Satellite operators, data analysts agree on need for speed - April 2018
"Geospatial data companies are focusing intently on quickly acquiring satellite imagery and delivering it to customers."

Jeff Foust's gloss: "executives from several companies said they're developing larger networks of ground stations, and turning to advanced technologies like laser communications, to quickly get images from their spacecraft to the ground and then on to customers. The longer it takes to deliver images, they argue, the less valuable it is to their customers"

"The focus on speed is essential because geospatial data is most valuable when its fresh."
SpaceNews  remote-sensing  EarthObservation  EO  Planet  Maxar  HawkEye360  Airbus  DigitalGlobe  Ursa  BlackSky 
april 2018 by pierredv
NGA assembles jigsaw puzzle of diverse commercial, government geospatial data sets -
Chirag Parikh, Deputy Director for Counterproliferation
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

"There are a number of antisatellite weapons. They include direct ascent ASAT missiles. That’s what the Chinese launched in 2007 and again in 2013. You also have jammers and high energy lasers that can blind optics or even cause structural damage. You have cyber attacks. You have attacks on ground sites. You have orbital antisatellite weapons that could host a variety of different things: missiles, lasers and jammers. The vast majority of these things are on the ground. "

"Capability is not just about resolution. Resiliency is important. I would much rather have Planet imagery than nothing on orbit."

"I didn’t buy images. I just bought the analysis that came from geospatial."

"NGA is looking to be able to partner with companies to buy analysis. And it gets even stranger. It’s not just analysis, it’s also the algorithms. If you create a change detection algorithm, I could probably use that same algorithm, tweak it here and there, and ingested into my classified network. The whole paradigm is changing."
SpaceNews  intelligence-gathering  ASAT  NGA  remote-sensing 
april 2018 by pierredv
Defense intelligence chief: ‘A lot of technology remains untapped’ - Apr 2018
"The most promising AI effort the Pentagon has going now is Project Maven. Military analysts are using Google-developed AI algorithms to mine live video feeds from drones. With machine learning techniques, software is taught to find particular objects or individuals at speeds that would be impossible for any human analyst."

"... DoD ramps up AI efforts. Defense procurement chief Ellen Lord said the Pentagon will start bringing together AI projects that already exist but do not necessarily share information or resources. "
SpaceNews  AI  Google  DoD  remote-sensing  intelligence-gathering 
april 2018 by pierredv
EDF Announces Satellite Mission to Locate and Measure Methane Emissions | Environmental Defense Fund Apr 2018
"Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp today announced plans to develop and launch a new satellite purpose-built to identify and measure methane emissions from human-made sources worldwide, starting with the oil and gas industry. Data from MethaneSAT is intended to give both countries and companies robust data to spot problem areas, identify savings opportunities, and measure their progress over time."
EDF  space  satellite  remote-sensing  climate 
april 2018 by pierredv
House Approves American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act | Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Apr 24, 2018 Press Release
WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act (H.R. 2809), which simplifies and strengthens the space-based remote sensing regulatory system, enhances U.S. compliance with international obligations, improves national security and removes regulatory barriers facing new and innovative space operators.
space  legislation  remote-sensing  EO 
april 2018 by pierredv
Startup with SoftBank, Airbus investment planning video constellation with several hundred satellites - Apr 2018
"A satellite startup that today announced SoftBank, Airbus, Bill Gates and OneWeb founder Greg Wyler as investors says it has plans to field a constellation of hundreds of satellites to provide global video of the Earth, but provided few details on how it will accomplish that goal."

"EarthNow spun out of the business incubator Intellectual Ventures last year with a mission to record the planet and provide video in real time to users on the ground. Airbus is the company’s manufacturing partner, using production lines made to build thousands of telecom satellites for OneWeb in Toulouse, France and Exploration Park, Florida."

"EarthNow’s imaging payload will drive the cost slightly higher than that of a OneWeb telecom satellite, which is estimated at around $1 million each, he said."

"Hannigan said Airbus is building the satellites using an enhanced version of the OneWeb bus produced by OneWeb Satellites, the Airbus-OneWeb joint venture that is building OneWeb’s constellation."

"Hannigan wouldn’t describe the EarthNow ground system, which would likely require either numerous ground stations or inter-satellite links to ensure real time data delivery, saying only that “each satellite is connected to the ground at all times.”"
SpaceNews  Space  EO  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  OneWeb  manufacturing  Airbus  EarthNow 
april 2018 by pierredv
NASA authorization bill increases emphasis on commercial partnerships - April 2018
"A NASA authorization bill to be considered by the House next week would direct NASA to work more closely with commercial partners in areas ranging from Earth observation to deep space exploration.

The NASA Authorization Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas), chairman of the House space subcommittee, was released April 13. The legislation is scheduled to be marked up by the full House Science Committee on April 17."

"One part of the bill, titled “Commercial,” includes a number of sections directing NASA to make use of commercial capabilities in future exploration missions."

"The bill’s commercial language is not limited to space systems. The U.S., the bill states, “should foster the development of U.S. private sector remote sensing capabilities and analyses that can satisfy the public interest in long-term continuous collection of medium-resolution land remote sensing data.”"
SpaceNews  legislation  space  NASA  EO  EarthObservation  remote-sensing 
april 2018 by pierredv
NOAA speeds up remote sensing license reviews amid broader regulatory changes -
"The small office that currently handles licensing of commercial remote sensing systems says it’s made major progress in processing license applications, even as the government moves ahead with broader reforms."

2015: avg 210 days
2016: avg 140 days

"One reason for the decreased review time is the establishment of a memorandum of understanding last year involving the Departments of Commerce, State, Defense and Interior, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, establishing procedures for interagency reviews for commercial remote sensing license applications."

"Some changes will require legislation, and the recommendation called on the Commerce Department to develop a legislative proposal “that would further enable the rapid, efficient, and predictable permitting of commercial remote sensing activities” by July 1."

"Congress has already been looking into legislative reform of the commercial remote sensing licensing process. The House Science Committee favorably reported last June the American Space Commerce Free Enterprise Act, which includes provisions to streamline licensing of such systems. The Senate has been drafting its own commercial space legislation that is also expected to address regulatory reform."
SpaceNews  NOAA  EO  remote-sensing  space  satellite  legislation  DoC  DoD  StateDepartment  DNI 
april 2018 by pierredv
National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform - Feb 2018
Four recommendations:

1. "calling on the Department of Transportation to replace “prescriptive launch and reentry licensing regimes” with a streamlined system by next March. The recommendation didn’t go into details about that plan, but the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has proposed what it calls a “21st century licensing process” that would address the ability to use the same launch license at multiple sites, or for different versions of the same family of vehicle."

2. "consolidating the Office of Space Commerce and the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office, both within the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and placing them in the office of the Secretary of Commerce."

Wilbur Ross: “This elevated and amplified Office of Space Commerce will coordinate all space-related functions at the department: remote sensing, spectrum policy, export controls, business and trade promotion, to name a few.”

3. NTIA "to work with the Federal Communications Commission “to develop protections for the radiofrequency spectrum facilitating commercial space activities.”"

4. "Council’s executive secretary, Scott Pace, to work with members of the Council to develop recommendations on export control reform"

"One topic that did not get much attention in the recommendations is commercial remote sensing regulations, beyond the decision to consolidate the office that licenses such systems within the Office of Space Commerce. Ross noted that commercial remote sensing regulations and their underlying law date back 25 years, but did not propose specific reforms."

Users Advisory Group: "The 29 members formally nominated — their appointments await approval by NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, a formality — are heavily weighted towards industry. . . Notably absent from the panel’s membership were executives with companies that provide space services, like satellite operators and commercial remote sensing companies. "
NationalSpaceCouncil  space  SpaceNews  remote-sensing  EarthObservation 
february 2018 by pierredv
Accelerating Satellite Data Collection with Regulatory Reform
via Brandt Pasco

"we partnered with DigitalGlobe (DG) and NVIDIA to release labeled, very high resolution satellite imagery on Amazon Web Services as part of SpaceNetTM in order to accelerate this exploration. Other organizations such Planet, Draper, Dstl, IEEE and IARPA have all launched competitions focusing on the analysis of satellite imagery."

" it is worth taking a moment to examine an important factor influencing how startups and incumbents are able to collect and sell satellite data: regulation"

"Venture capital funding and new company starts are at an all-time high (see CB Insights report) and incumbent aerospace firms have made a series of new product announcements (e.g. DG’s Legion story). On the other hand, there has been a growing list of public and private sector stakeholders bemoaning the current state of the U.S.’s outdated remote sensing regulatory framework (e.g., U.S. Rep. Babin, U.S. Rep. Kilmer, Planet, and DG)."

"There are three major concerns with the current process: (1) timeliness of review; (2) predictability; and (3) transparency."

"... the 1992 Land Remote Sensing Policy Act was designed for companies developing a limited number of large satellites. The development timeline for these systems was usually long and required extensive financing. As one might expect, this licensing process has been unable to keep pace with the new, more rapid development and deployment schedules posed by space startups and incumbents with new product lines."

"... NOAA CRSRA is supposed to issue a licensing decision no later than 120 days after submission. Some have described this timeline as “almost an impossible feat” for a variety of reasons ranging from staffing issues to the “stop clock” requirement ..."

"Second, industry’s frustration with licensing delays has been further exacerbated by the lack of predictability of those timelines"

"Third and finally, industry stakeholders have repeatedly expressed their concern with the lack of transparency regarding licensing questions or changes to the existing license conditions. "

FCC: companies "have also expressed some frustration with the increasingly frequent delays. There are two primary causes for these delays: (1) spectrum interference claims and (2) orbital interference claims."

"Despite the legitimate concerns regarding access to spectrum and interference and momentary service disruptions, many interference claims lack detailed analyses quantifying the level of projected risk especially from a low earth orbit (LEO) constellation"

"Proposed policy solutions to the existing regulatory framework remain in their formative stages. Stakeholder opinion ranges from advocating for adjustments to the existing system to a “fundamental rethinking” of the licensing process."

= auto-approval determinations
= review transparency
= adherence to timeline
= government coordination
Medium  In-Q-Tel  satellite  EO  earth-observation  regulation  remote-sensing  risk-assessment  NOAA  FCC  FAA 
january 2018 by pierredv
November/December 2017 - From Looking to Listening: NewSpace Changes Course | Via Satellite
"How Earth observation is changing the mindset of the NewSpace revolution."

"For years, the first questions were about imagery... The last year has provided a stark contrast to those formative times for the industry. First, there was consolidation in the imagery space with Planet acquiring Terra Bella, MDA buying DigitalGlobe, and EagleView Technologies purchasing OmniEarth. Second, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that for the first time in history it would be purchasing commercial weather data, and that the technology they wanted was GPS radio occultation. In addition to being a remarkable success for NewSpace, the announcement drove mass recognition of a non-imaging data type and signaled major changes for all of us in the industry."

"In addition to a fast uptake in the weather community, public agencies are quickly finding avenues to purchase additional NewSpace data sets. When the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency became interested in Spire’s ship data over the Arctic, a joint effort between Spire and Ball Aerospace created an easy avenue to leverage cutting edge data and long-time industry experience. Similar structures and direct data purchases are happening around the world for ship tracking and new radio-based sensors are being proposed monthly."

"Despite more than a half decade of looking toward imagery, we should now turn our ears toward listening. All of our technologies, communications, GPS, entertainment and others, have turned our planet into a noisy place full of important signals just waiting to be collected and put into the waiting hands of companies around the globe. What looks like noise at first glance is actually a nearly endless supply of powerful datasets that can empower business, government, and the wellbeing of people around the globe."
ViaSatellite  EarthObservation  remote-sensing  NewSpace  EO 
december 2017 by pierredv
Lockheed Martin Exec on Staying Relevant in the NewSpace Era - Via Satellite -Via Satellite
"The space community has latched onto the idea of “NewSpace” much like any tech industry gravitates to a sexy new buzzword. In reality, though, the division between NewSpace companies and their established predecessors — or “Old Space” — is a false dichotomy, says Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin’s executive vice president of space systems."

"According to Ambrose, the satellite industry has grown accustomed to 15-year contracts with assets that can last on orbit almost twice that, which makes it hard to inject new technology and capabilities. Some NewSpace, Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellations boast very short lifespans for their satellites, allowing for faster refresh times and additional redundancy — and Ambrose believes this approach might cross over to GEO as well."

“Both the wideband communications and some of the Earth Observation (EO) marketplaces are getting pretty commoditized. I think we’ve counted 23 or 24 startup EO companies that want to take visible pictures of the Earth. Clearly there will be a market there but not for that many,” he said. “Likewise, I think there’s a hunger for communications, but I don’t think everyone is going to be successful in the long haul.”
SatelliteToday  satellite  LockheedMartin  NewSpace  3Dprinting  EO  remote-sensing  EarthObservation  interviews 
november 2017 by pierredv
How to Ensure Your Startup Survives the NewSpace Bubble - Via Satellite - Nov 2017
"According to some financial experts, the space startup industry is in the midst of a bubble — but that may not necessarily be such a bad thing. ....
The big question mark now, said Bessemer Venture Partners’ Tess Hatch, is whether these young companies can sustain their profitability in the long term."

"Although DFJ Growth partner Randy Glein warned that some capital coming into the space market “is not doing it in a particularly discerning way,” he said too that he expects to see more opportunities for exits over the next five years — particularly for companies specializing in data analytics and services."

Komissarova: “You have to factor in the unique properties of your business when it comes to space, but at the same time you have to … forget about the fact that it’s space. Does it still look like a good business?”
SatelliteToday  satellite  NewSpace  investing  VC  remote-sensing  data-analytics 
november 2017 by pierredv
NOAA CRSRA Licensing
This web site is intended to provide U.S. laws, regulations, policies, and guidance pertaining to the operation of commercial remote sensing satellite systems. Pursuant to the National and Commercial Space Programs Act (NCSPA or Act), 51 U.S.C. § 60101, et seq, responsibilities have been delegated from the Secretary of Commerce to the Assistant Administrator for NOAA Satellite and Information Services (NOAA/NESDIS) for the licensing of the operations of private space-based remote sensing systems.

In accordance with the Act, the regulations 15 CFR Part 960 concerning the licensing of private remote sensing space systems have been promulgated.
remote-sensing  satellite  NOAA  licensing 
october 2017 by pierredv
NanoRacks Has Deployed its Largest Microsatellite from ISS - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
"NanoRacks has successfully deployed the Kestrel Eye 2M (KE2M) microsatellite via the company’s Kaber Microsatellite Deployer from the International Space Station (ISS). This is the largest satellite NanoRacks has deployed to date, and the first deployed from the Kaber deployer. According to NanoRacks, the Kaber program allows for a larger “express” class of satellites to be deployed from ISS, up to 100 kg."
SatelliteToday  nanosatellites  microsatellites  satellite  imaging  Earth-imagery  remote-sensing 
october 2017 by pierredv
UrtheCast, e-Geos Collaborate On Optical and SAR Products - Via Satellite - Oct 2017
UrtheCast, its subsidiary Deimos Imaging and e-Geos, a company owned by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency (ASI), announced a strategic partnership to offer a combination of joint optical and radar sensors with ground stations. According to the parties involved, the collaboration will allow observation of the Earth day and night, regardless of weather conditions, and is intended to provide a constant asset monitoring service.

The combination of high-resolution radar data with medium and very-high resolution optical imagery is expected to benefit users in a diverse group of sectors including emergency services and the oil and gas industry, among others.
UrtheCast  satellite  ViaSatellite  mapping  surveillance  imaging  Earth-imagery  remote-sensing 
october 2017 by pierredv
8 Satellite Data Startups Doing Geospatial Analysis - Nanalyze - Nanalyze
Capella Space - CEO "emphasizes that while his company builds satellites, it considers itself an information business"

Ursa Space Systems - "main products include a weekly time series on oil stocks down to the tank level"

SpaceKnow - "business intelligence based on imagery [plus] offers a range of other products, based on its machine-learning platform"

TellusLabs - " combining satellite imagery with other data such as local weather and crop conditions, its machine-learning algorithms ..."

UrtheCast - "does a little bit of everything in satellite data ... makes most of its money from selling satellite imagery and even video from its own satellites and space-based cameras"
satellite  geospatial-analysis  NewSpace  AI  MachineLearning  remote-sensing  EO 
september 2017 by pierredv

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