This paper discusses the structured life-cycle of a CubeSat project, using as a reference the authors’ recent experience of developing and operating a 2U CubeSat, called qbee50-LTU-OC, as part of the QB50 mission. This paper also provides a critique of some of the current poor practices and methodologies while carrying out CubeSat projects.
Read More Paper: CubeSat Mission From Design to Operation (2019)
In this report, the Congressional Budget Office provides an introduction to the advantages of and challenges for constellations of low-altitude satellites.
Read More Report: Large Constellations of Low Altitude Satellites: A Primer (CBO 2023)
The first Space Prime effort, Orbital Prime will invigorate the OSAM market using Active Debris Remediation (ADR) as a use case for the foundational technologies. As congestion and debris threaten the long-term sustainability of the space domain, Orbital Prime will transition agile, affordable, and accelerated OSAM space capabilities to build the foundation for space logistics while preserving the global commons. On-orbit capability will be demonstrated on an accelerated timeline in two to four years.
Read More US Space Force Programs: Space Prime
Global Positioning System, or GPS, has evolved from a simple navigation system into a sophisticated tool with numerous applications in various sectors. One intriguing area where GPS is making a significant impact is the operation of orbital satellites. Despite the common misconception that satellites simply “provide” GPS, many satellites, especially those in low Earth orbit, also utilize GPS signals for their functionality.
Read More Orbital Satellites and Their Use of GPS
Space, once the exclusive domain of government agencies and large corporations, is becoming increasingly accessible, thanks in no small part to a class of miniature satellites known as CubeSats. Born from an academic idea to a tool driving a new era in space science, the rise of CubeSats marks a significant chapter in the story of space exploration.
Read More The Rise of CubeSats: Democratizing Space Exploration
This article reviews potential military applications, and associated research, related to space-based solar power systems.
Read More The Role of Space-Based Solar Power in Future Military Conflicts
The Caltech Space Solar Power Project (SSPP) launched a demonstrator platform into space on January 3, 2023. The purpose of the platform is to test three key elements of their plan to develop a constellation of modular spacecraft that collect solar power and beam the energy back to Earth: DOLCE, which will test the design and deployment mechanisms for a lightweight, foldable structure that supports the solar panels and power transmitters; ALBA, testing the efficiency and robustness of different types of photovoltaic (P) cells; and MAPLE, a flexible array of microwave power transmitters with precise timing control capable of transmitting power precisely and efficiently. If successful, space solar power would be a pipeline to a constant and practically unlimited supply of energy.
Read More Caltech’s Space Solar Power Project
This report addresses EO solutions to agriculture and food security-related challenges, which will help countries with practical guidance and opportunities to drive the implementation of their adaptation agenda, based on the experience of the GEO Global Agricultural Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative.
Read More Report: Integrating Earth Observations into the Formulation and Implementation National Adaptation Plans – Agriculture and Food Security (GEO 2022)
The report provides a comprehensive and transparent assessment of the scientific literature on climate change mitigation. It assesses progress in climate change mitigation and options for reducing emissions and enhancing sinks. The report evaluates the societal implications of mitigation actions, without recommending any specific options.
Read More Report: Climate Change 2022 (IPCC 2022)
The aim of this report is to identify public and private entities employing Earth observation staff at the European level.
Read More Report: Survey on the Total Employment in Europe in the EO Services Sector (EARSC 2021)
This report reviews end user applications and use of satellite data. It also identifies end user needs associated with the applications.
Read More Report: Global Survey on the Use of Satellite Data 2022 (WMO 2022)
The motivation for this Handbook is to translate knowledge gained from decades of research in SAR into practical guidance to countries on how SAR can be used for different aspects of forest monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) for REDD+.
Read More Report: The SAR Handbook (NASA et al 2019)
This report highlights some of the numerous examples of synergies between the healthcare and space sectors.
Read More Report: Health Innovation Trends and Opportunities for Space Businesses (ESA 2023)
This 2022 survey presents facts and figures concerning the state of the European EO industry. The information provided in the report includes: the number of companies, employment and revenues which are updated annually. A detailed description of the methodology is given at the end.
Read More Report: A Survey into the State and Health of the European EO Services Industry 2022 (EARSC 2022)