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Space Tech Journal
Feb 2, 2021
Alphabet Again Exits Drones: Others Again Jump In

Alphabet Again Exits Drones: Others Again Jump In

In 2017, after four years of setbacks and crashes, Alphabet shut its project flying solar-powered fixed-wing drones in the upper atmosphere to beam the internet to those cut-off. They have now ended their upper-atmosphere balloon version as well.
Space Tech Journal
Jan 15, 2021
New Solar Arrays to Power NASA's International Space Station Research

New Solar Arrays to Power NASA's International Space Station Research

As the International Space Station orbits Earth, its four pairs of solar arrays soak up the sun's energy to provide electrical power for the numerous research and science investigations conducted every day, as well as the continued operations of the orbiting platform.
Space Tech Journal
Dec 4, 2020
Brain Controlled Computers are Becoming a Reality, but Hurdles Remain

Brain Controlled Computers are Becoming a Reality, but Hurdles Remain

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces. More researchers and companies are moving into the area. Yet major challenges remain, from user training to the reality of invasive brain implant procedures.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Will Starlink succeed? (Part 4)

Will Starlink succeed? (Part 4)

In the last article we have discussed latency. In addition to that, spectrum/orbit resources and potential for military applications are also important considerations.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 2)

Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 2)

Part two of a series of articles by IDTechEx analyst Xiaoxi He. In the last article we discussed the speed issue of Starlink, compared to 5G. There are another three concerns.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 1)

Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 1)

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation that is being constructed by SpaceX. Part one of a series of articles by IDTechEx analyst Xiaoxi He.
External Company Press Release
Relativity Space Raises $500M Towards 3D Printed Rockets

Relativity Space Raises $500M Towards 3D Printed Rockets

Relativity Space, the first company to 3D print an entire rocket and build the largest metal 3D printers in the world, has closed a $500 million Series D equity funding round. The funding will enable Relativity to accelerate its planned initiatives, including its factory of the future, launch vehicle development, and 3D printing technologies.
Space Tech Journal
Nov 9, 2020
Smart City Hardware: $1.7 Trillion Market Ahead

Smart City Hardware: $1.7 Trillion Market Ahead

Uniquely, the new IDTechEx Research report analyses and forecasts the major disruptive opportunities for radically new city materials, equipment and systems totalling a $1.7 trillion market in 2041.
External Company Press Release
ESA awards Dawn Aerospace €385K for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

ESA awards Dawn Aerospace €385K for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

The European Space Agency has granted a €385K development contract to launch provider, Dawn Aerospace under the Future Launcher Preparatory Program. Through the contract, ESA will support Dawn in developing additively manufactured combustion chambers for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines.
Space Tech Journal
Nov 6, 2020
Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

How do you measure the pose - that is the 3D rotation and 3D translation - of a piece of space junk so that a grasping satellite can capture it in real time in order to successfully remove it from Earth's orbit?
Space Tech Journal
Nov 5, 2020
IDTechEx Have Released a New Report on the Smart Cities Market

IDTechEx Have Released a New Report on the Smart Cities Market

IDTechEx have released a new market research report on the topic of smart cities markets - trillions of dollars on reinvented energy, food, water, transport, sensing, multipurpose materials.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
SpaceX Airborne Wind Energy

SpaceX Airborne Wind Energy

Facebook and Alphabet, parent of Google, are among the small number of companies with almost limitless money, some of which they spend on heroic new products few other can fund. Most fail.
Space Tech Journal
May 27, 2020
Solar Sails Made of Graphene Could Journey to Other Star Systems

Solar Sails Made of Graphene Could Journey to Other Star Systems

A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known - one carbon-atom-thick graphene - has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to make solar sails for spacecraft.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 30, 2020
Solar Powered Hand Sanitiser

Solar Powered Hand Sanitiser

A start-up company that has repurposed upcycled solar cells to generate ultraviolet light to disinfect people's hands has won €20 000 in a hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 30, 2020
Power Gloves for Space Walks

Power Gloves for Space Walks

Spacewalks are a risky business and wearing a spacesuit that protects against the vacuum outside our atmosphere is cumbersome. This glove is a mockup concept for astronauts that adds extra functions to the five fingers.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 24, 2020
Machine Learning for Rocket Engine Design

Machine Learning for Rocket Engine Design

Time, cost and safety prohibit testing the stability of a test rocket using a physical build "trial and error" approach. But even computational simulations are extremely time consuming. A single analysis of an entire SpaceX Merlin rocket engine, for example, could take weeks, even months, for a supercomputer to provide satisfactory predictions.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 23, 2020
In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
Space Tech Journal
Mar 25, 2020
Flexible Solar Cells for Future Satellites

Flexible Solar Cells for Future Satellites

ESA has backed the creation of this flexible, ultra-thin solar cell to deliver the best power to mass ratio for space missions.
Space Tech Journal
Jan 10, 2020
Development of Solar Cell to Be Used for Space Application

Development of Solar Cell to Be Used for Space Application

JinkoSolar has signed MOU with Shanghai Institute of Space Power-Sources to co-develop high efficiency solar cell technology for both space and terrestrial applications. Innovators and engineers from both sides will co-develop space-based photovoltaic cells with a more efficient, low-cost, robust silicon wafer as the supporting bottom substrate and bottom cell.
Space Tech Journal
Dec 20, 2019
Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Students have developed a smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets. NASA partners recently conducted successful testing of the glove at the Haughton Mars Project research station.
Space Tech Journal
Feb 2, 2021
Alphabet Again Exits Drones: Others Again Jump In

Alphabet Again Exits Drones: Others Again Jump In

In 2017, after four years of setbacks and crashes, Alphabet shut its project flying solar-powered fixed-wing drones in the upper atmosphere to beam the internet to those cut-off. They have now ended their upper-atmosphere balloon version as well.
Space Tech Journal
Dec 4, 2020
Brain Controlled Computers are Becoming a Reality, but Hurdles Remain

Brain Controlled Computers are Becoming a Reality, but Hurdles Remain

Imagine controlling your computer just by thinking. It sounds far-out, but real advances are happening on these so-called brain-computer interfaces. More researchers and companies are moving into the area. Yet major challenges remain, from user training to the reality of invasive brain implant procedures.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 2)

Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 2)

Part two of a series of articles by IDTechEx analyst Xiaoxi He. In the last article we discussed the speed issue of Starlink, compared to 5G. There are another three concerns.
External Company Press Release
Relativity Space Raises $500M Towards 3D Printed Rockets

Relativity Space Raises $500M Towards 3D Printed Rockets

Relativity Space, the first company to 3D print an entire rocket and build the largest metal 3D printers in the world, has closed a $500 million Series D equity funding round. The funding will enable Relativity to accelerate its planned initiatives, including its factory of the future, launch vehicle development, and 3D printing technologies.
External Company Press Release
ESA awards Dawn Aerospace €385K for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

ESA awards Dawn Aerospace €385K for 3D Printed Rocket Engines

The European Space Agency has granted a €385K development contract to launch provider, Dawn Aerospace under the Future Launcher Preparatory Program. Through the contract, ESA will support Dawn in developing additively manufactured combustion chambers for high performance and high combustion pressure rocket engines.
Space Tech Journal
Nov 5, 2020
IDTechEx Have Released a New Report on the Smart Cities Market

IDTechEx Have Released a New Report on the Smart Cities Market

IDTechEx have released a new market research report on the topic of smart cities markets - trillions of dollars on reinvented energy, food, water, transport, sensing, multipurpose materials.
Space Tech Journal
May 27, 2020
Solar Sails Made of Graphene Could Journey to Other Star Systems

Solar Sails Made of Graphene Could Journey to Other Star Systems

A tiny sail made of the thinnest material known - one carbon-atom-thick graphene - has passed initial tests designed to show that it could be a viable material to make solar sails for spacecraft.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 30, 2020
Power Gloves for Space Walks

Power Gloves for Space Walks

Spacewalks are a risky business and wearing a spacesuit that protects against the vacuum outside our atmosphere is cumbersome. This glove is a mockup concept for astronauts that adds extra functions to the five fingers.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 23, 2020
In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

In East Africa, a Race to Outsmart Locusts with Drones and Data

While the eyes of the world are on the novel coronavirus, East Africa continues to struggle with another crisis of biblical proportions: growing swarms of ravenous locusts. Both crises are extraordinary in scale, and both foes multiply so quickly that governments are struggling to contain them.
Space Tech Journal
Jan 10, 2020
Development of Solar Cell to Be Used for Space Application

Development of Solar Cell to Be Used for Space Application

JinkoSolar has signed MOU with Shanghai Institute of Space Power-Sources to co-develop high efficiency solar cell technology for both space and terrestrial applications. Innovators and engineers from both sides will co-develop space-based photovoltaic cells with a more efficient, low-cost, robust silicon wafer as the supporting bottom substrate and bottom cell.
Space Tech Journal
Jan 15, 2021
New Solar Arrays to Power NASA's International Space Station Research

New Solar Arrays to Power NASA's International Space Station Research

As the International Space Station orbits Earth, its four pairs of solar arrays soak up the sun's energy to provide electrical power for the numerous research and science investigations conducted every day, as well as the continued operations of the orbiting platform.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Will Starlink succeed? (Part 4)

Will Starlink succeed? (Part 4)

In the last article we have discussed latency. In addition to that, spectrum/orbit resources and potential for military applications are also important considerations.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 1)

Could Starlink replace 5G? (Part 1)

Starlink is a satellite internet constellation that is being constructed by SpaceX. Part one of a series of articles by IDTechEx analyst Xiaoxi He.
Space Tech Journal
Nov 9, 2020
Smart City Hardware: $1.7 Trillion Market Ahead

Smart City Hardware: $1.7 Trillion Market Ahead

Uniquely, the new IDTechEx Research report analyses and forecasts the major disruptive opportunities for radically new city materials, equipment and systems totalling a $1.7 trillion market in 2041.
Space Tech Journal
Nov 6, 2020
Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

How do you measure the pose - that is the 3D rotation and 3D translation - of a piece of space junk so that a grasping satellite can capture it in real time in order to successfully remove it from Earth's orbit?
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
SpaceX Airborne Wind Energy

SpaceX Airborne Wind Energy

Facebook and Alphabet, parent of Google, are among the small number of companies with almost limitless money, some of which they spend on heroic new products few other can fund. Most fail.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 30, 2020
Solar Powered Hand Sanitiser

Solar Powered Hand Sanitiser

A start-up company that has repurposed upcycled solar cells to generate ultraviolet light to disinfect people's hands has won €20 000 in a hackathon designed to share and rapidly develop ideas to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Space Tech Journal
Apr 24, 2020
Machine Learning for Rocket Engine Design

Machine Learning for Rocket Engine Design

Time, cost and safety prohibit testing the stability of a test rocket using a physical build "trial and error" approach. But even computational simulations are extremely time consuming. A single analysis of an entire SpaceX Merlin rocket engine, for example, could take weeks, even months, for a supercomputer to provide satisfactory predictions.
Space Tech Journal
Mar 25, 2020
Flexible Solar Cells for Future Satellites

Flexible Solar Cells for Future Satellites

ESA has backed the creation of this flexible, ultra-thin solar cell to deliver the best power to mass ratio for space missions.
Space Tech Journal
Dec 20, 2019
Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Astronaut Glove for Exploring the Moon and Mars

Students have developed a smart glove for astronauts that can be used while exploring other planets. NASA partners recently conducted successful testing of the glove at the Haughton Mars Project research station.
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