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Op-ed | Is Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) only a matter of resolution?

SAR Journal: Over the past 5 years, disruptive constellation projects have emerged and completely changed the way SAR is being used, promoting access to new end-user communities, and opening up new applications. “Two key historical barriers have been overcome for SAR Imaging to break into the mainstream commercial market: the cost of data and processing complexity” said Alexis Conte, Editor of the Earth Observation Data and Services Market research report and Senior Consultant at Euroconsult.

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Government Space Budgets Surge Despite Global Pandemic

Via Satellite: Government space budgets grew 10 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, demonstrating the highest yearly budget growth since 2009, according to Euroconsult’s Government Space Programs 2020 report, published in December 2020. Global government space budgets totaled $82.5 billion in 2020, and COVID-19 had no visible effect in 2020 as the pandemic occurred with budgets already in place. The 2000s were marked by rapid space budget growth before a flattening in 2010 as public finances came under pressure, due to the global financial crisis as well as defense budgets downcycling. Growth has resumed since 2015, and 2020 represented a historic high for government space budgets. But their sustainability post-COVID remains to be seen.

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Orbit Congestion Encouraging the Growth of a Commercial SSA Market – By Charlotte Croison, Consultant, Euroconsult

SatMagazine: Space is no longer a void. Unprecedented quantities of new objects are launched every month in orbit which, when they collide or simply reach their end of life, become imminent dangers for the space assets of all countries and commercial companies. Threatening the future of space activities, this tragedy of the commons of a new kind is however likely to encourage the emergence of a commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) market.

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Op-ed | Hyperspectral to diversify constellation projects: The new El Dorado?

Geospatial World: Commercial hyperspectral is entering the market with the first two low-cost satellite systems having already been deployed. The main challenge is the same as for optical multispectral or SAR constellations – to build cost-effective systems that can provide high-revisit data for building change detection analytics. More specifically for hyperspectral systems, the challenge lies in finding the sweet spot between spatial and spectral resolution, as well as the number of bands and the right spectrum bands to create new commercial applications.

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Une entreprise de Dunham travaillera avec l’Agence spatiale canadienne

Journal Le Guide: La compagnie INSARSAT basée à Dunham, et chapeautée par le Dr Guy Seguin, est l’une des huit compagnies sélectionnées par l’Agence spatiale canadienne a¬fin de trouver une solution sur un horizon de 15 ans (2026-2041) par rapport aux données d’observation de la Terre. Chacune des entreprises recevra un montant de 350000 $ pour développer des concepts et des idées concernant le futur de l’observation, après la fi¬n de la vie utile des satellites canadiens RADARSAT.

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Op-ed | Can SpaceX profit on certain Starlink launches?

SpaceNews: It is no longer a surprise to industry observers that partial reusability, economies of scale and vertical integration have enabled SpaceX to achieve extremely low Falcon 9 launch costs, nor is it a surprise that SpaceX’s launch and satellite connectivity businesses are inherently linked, as the company takes advantage of its industry-low launch costs to orbit its own broadband constellation for a fraction of the competition’s launch capital expenditure.

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2020: A Turning Point for Chinese Commercial Space

Via Satellite: Space in China has historically been associated with the state, and for good reason. The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has been synonymous with space in China. With CASC being owned by the Chinese government, this has meant that effectively the entirety of the Chinese space industry, up until 2014, was CASC.

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China’s Plan to Conquer the Moon, Mars and More

The Wall Street JournalThis summer the planets favorably align for spacecraft to reach Mars with the least amount of fuel. China is among the countries undertaking the mission while working on bigger ambitions that could one day challenge the U.S.’s leadership in space.

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