Space exploration – Jenam 2011 Mon, 10 Jan 2022 03:35:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Space exploration – Jenam 2011 32 32 NASA missions and more: Here’s what 2022 has in store for space exploration, Science News Mon, 10 Jan 2022 02:04:15 +0000

2021 has been a busy year in terms of space exploration jumps and celestial events. Mankind’s urge to conquer new frontiers of infinite expanse knew no bounds. 2022 seems to promise the same and more. Here’s a look at some of the top things planned for the New Year.


The first milestones have already been reached in the deployment of the most powerful telescope made by mankind. The James Webb Space Telescope has been fully deployed. But what remains are crucial calibrations that will need to be completed before the telescope sets its sights on hitherto unknown corners of space.


Space tourism is slowly advancing towards greater availability, at least for the elite. But further progress is expected in the years to come. The next space tourists to visit the International Space Station would be three men from the United States, Canada and Israel. It will travel to the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and will be led by the company Axiom.


NASA wants to place a space station called Gateway in orbit around the moon. But first, he will have to study what it would be like to place a spacecraft in such an orbit.

For that, he plans to put a satellite the size of a microwave in orbit around the Moon. The Capstone mission, as it is known, would be launched by Rocket Lab from New Zealand.


SpaceX’s Crew Dragon is slated to launch Crew-4 to replace Crew-3 on the International Space Station. One of the new teams, Jessica Watkins, would be the first black woman to become a full crew member aboard the space station.


NASA chose Boeing and SpaceX to build spacecraft to launch crews into space. While SpaceX has done this several times so far, Boeing’s Starliner program has run into issues. He plans to attempt an unmanned orbital test trip to the space station before his first astronaut flight.

In the same month, China is expected to continue its space station program. Chinese astronauts are already working aboard Tianhe, the first module of the Tiangong space station. In 2022, China plans to launch two laboratory sections of the space station.


Russia plans to return to the moon. Its last mission to the Moon, Luna 24, ended in 1976. The Luna-25 mission would see a launch towards the south pole of the Moon.

India could launch the Chandrayaan-3 mission to the moon. An Indian spacecraft successfully orbiting the Moon in 2019. But attempts to land a surface rover resulted in a dramatic crash. India is trying again.


August could see South Korea launch its first lunar mission. The Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter will orbit the Moon. He will test and demonstrate a number of technologies. The mission will be launched by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The same month, NASA plans to launch a mission to an asteroid composed mostly of metal. The asteroid is called Psyche. The mission has the same name.


In September, Europe and Russia could launch Rosalind Franklin rover to Mars

The same month, NASA’s DART mission could crash into an asteroid.

NASA also plans to fly over Jupiter’s Europa satellite in its Juno mission.

Space Cadets Expands Activities in NFT Space Exploration Industry Sat, 08 Jan 2022 08:16:51 +0000

8e January 2022 – Space Cadets is setting up an awesome journey to become an all-time greats in the NFT industry. An NFT collection inspired by space; Space Cadets are 10,000 randomly generated NFTs with over 250 unique and diverse traits. The NFT collections have been quite encouraging and profitable in the community for the past few years, where the industry has amassed $ 22 billion in value in a short period of time. Taking the mantle of bringing new insight into the community, Space Cadets will be deployed on the Ethereum blockchain with a worthy track record.

The space cadets began their journey in August 2021, beginning their journey with huge steps to digital greatness. Each Space Cadet NFT is unique and is known for their specific traits, speculating on all concerns of uniformity and similarity. With a range of common to rare traits, these NFTs will initially be available for typing on their website. The first stage of the space cadets’ journey involves the minting of their collectibles, along with lucrative gifts throughout the end of the level.

The platform made important announcements linking their giveaways to the roadmap. To build a better community, the platform recently announced a giveaway of a milestone Tesla Model 3 of 10% sold. Ongoing among the top 1000 space cadets. Giveaways are not intended for the initial stages, as space cadets believe in working with the community every step of the way. On the 15% sold milestone, a memes contest would be staged on Discord, following a winning 1ETH prize for best design. As the 40% sold milestone is reached, 2 Space Cadets would be randomly selected for a Special Edition NFT Space Cadet Gift with an estimated value of $ 15,000. As mentioned above, in addition to these freebies, the project has planned a lot for the community. To learn more about the respective giveaways and contests, you can visit the official Space Cadet website.

At the end of the space cadet strike process, the next step would kick off the development of Space Aliens, which is primarily a collection built to develop a mating pair for cadets. Space Cadet and Space Alien holders will receive a very rare Space Baby provided they have 2 matching traits, expanding the NFT collection and the value of NFT Space Cadets in the digital market. These NFTs will initially be available on the website; however, they will eventually be extended to be available for trading on OpenSea and other NFT markets.

Space Cadets has kept a highly regulated experience for its owners at all times. A volume redistribution of 2% is made to all Cadet NFT holders for each transaction made in secondary markets such as OpenSea. The strike would soon be available on the official Space Cadet website, which would follow many upgrades and significant developments in the NFT community.

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Global space systems, satellite and launch vehicle industry Thu, 06 Jan 2022 12:08:37 +0000

Dublin, Jan 6, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The “Space Systems, Satellites and Launchers Market Research Report By Payload, Platform, Service Type, Vehicle Type, By Type of orbit, by end user, by region – Global Forecast to 2026 – The “Cumulative impact of COVID-19” report has been added to offer.

The global market size for space systems, satellites and launchers was estimated at USD 32.90 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 36.71 billion in 2021, at a CAGR of 11.93% to reach USD 64.72 billion of by 2026.

Market Statistics:

The report provides market size and forecast in five major currencies: USD, EUR GBP, JPY, and AUD. It helps organizational leaders make better decisions when currency data is readily available. In this report, the years 2018 and 2019 are considered as historical years, 2020 as the base year, 2021 as the estimated year and the years 2022 to 2026 are considered as the forecast period.

Market segmentation and coverage:

This research report categorizes space systems, satellites, and launchers to forecast revenue and analyze trends in each of the following submarkets:

  • On the basis of the payload, the market has been studied through the Cargo, Human Spaceflight, Satellite, Stratollite and Testing probes.
  • Based on Platform, the market has been studied in the air, land and maritime sectors.
  • Based on the type of service, the market was studied after launch and before launch.
  • On the basis of the type of vehicle, the market was studied between heavy goods vehicles (above 300 tonnes) and small vehicles (less than 300 tonnes).
  • Based on the type of orbit, the market has been studied beyond GEO, GEO, LEO and MEO.
  • On the basis of the end user, the market has been studied across commercial, defense, military and government organizations, private companies, satellite service providers and space agencies.
  • Based on the region, the market has been studied in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa. The Americas are studied in more detail in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The United States is studied in more detail in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Asia-Pacific is further explored in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Europe, the Middle East and Africa are studied in more detail in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Competitive strategic window:

The Competitive Strategy Window analyzes the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or fit between their capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for suppliers to adopt successive strategies of merger and acquisition, geographic expansion, research and development, and new product introduction strategies to continue the expansion and growth of the business during a forecast period.

FPNV positioning matrix:

The FPNV Positioning Matrix assesses and ranks vendors in the space systems, satellites and launchers market based on business strategy (company growth, industry coverage, financial viability, and channel support) and product satisfaction (value for money, ease of use, product features and customer support) which helps businesses make better decisions and better understand the competitive landscape.

Market share analysis:

The market share analysis offers the analysis of the suppliers considering their contribution to the overall market. It provides the idea of ​​its revenue generation in the overall market compared to other space providers. It provides insight into the performance of vendors in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing the market share gives an idea of ​​the size and competitiveness of the suppliers for the base year. It reveals the characteristics of the market in terms of traits of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance and fusion.

Company usability profiles:

The report deeply explores the significant recent developments of leading vendors and innovation profiles in the Global Space Systems, Satellite & Launchers Market including AIRBUS SAS, Antrix Corporation Ltd., China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Rocket Lab USA, S7 Space, Safran, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Starsem, State Space Corporation and The Boeing Company.

The report provides information on the following pointers:
1. Market penetration: provides comprehensive information on the market offered by major players
2. Market Development: Provides detailed information on lucrative emerging markets and analyzes penetration into mature market segments.
3. Market diversification: provides detailed information on new product launches, untapped geographies, recent developments and investments
4. Competitive Assessment and Intelligence: Provides a comprehensive assessment of market shares, strategies, products, certification, regulatory approvals, patent landscape and manufacturing capabilities of key players
5. Product Development and Innovation: Provides intelligent information on future technologies, R&D activities and breakthrough product developments

The report answers questions such as:
1. What is the market size and forecast for the global space systems, satellites and launchers market?
2. What are the inhibitory factors and impact of COVID-19 shaping the global Space Systems, Satellites & Launchers Market during the forecast period?
3. What are the products / segments / applications / areas to invest in during the forecast period in the Global Space Systems, Satellites & Launchers Market?
4. What is the competitive strategic window for opportunities in the global space systems, satellites and launchers market?
5. What are the technological trends and regulatory frameworks in the global space systems, satellites and launchers market?
6. What is the market share of the major vendors in the global space systems, satellites and launchers market?
7. What strategic modes and movements are considered appropriate for entering the global space systems, satellites and launchers market?

Main topics covered:

1. Preface

2. Research methodology

3. Executive summary

4. Market overview

5. Market overview
5.1. Market dynamics
5.1.1. Conductors Increase in the number of satellites and test probes Miniaturization of satellites and launchers Emergence of a new low-cost space race for observation satellites
5.1.2. Constraints High up-front costs associated with launch services
5.1.3. Opportunities Increase in space research and development (R&D) activities Growth of government investments and private funds Integration of concepts such as artificial intelligence and 3D modeling for satellite designs
5.1.4. Challenges Lack of skilled labor and resistance to adaptability to new technologies
5.2. Cumulative impact of COVID-19

6. Space systems, satellites and launchers market, by payload
6.1. introduction
6.2. Cargo
6.3. Manned space flight
6.4. Satellite
6.5. Stratollite
6.6. Test probes

7. Space systems, satellites and launchers market, by platform
7.1. introduction
7.2. Air
7.3. Earth
7.4. Wed

8. Space systems, satellites and launchers market, by type of service
8.1. introduction
8.2. After launch
8.3. Pre launch

9. Space Systems, Satellites and Launchers Market, by Vehicle Type
9.1. introduction
9.2. Heavy (above 300 tons)
9.3. Small (Less than 300 tons)

10. Space Systems, Satellites and Launchers Market, By Orbit Type
10.1. introduction
10.2. Beyond GEO
10.3. GEO
10.4. LEO
10.5. MEO

11. Space systems, satellites and launchers market, by end user
11.1. introduction
11.2. Commercial
11.3. Defense organizations
11.4. Military and government
11.5. Private companies
11.6. Satellite service providers
11.7. Space agencies

12. Market for space systems, satellites and launchers in the Americas
12.1. introduction
12.2. Argentina
12.3. Brazil
12.4. Canada
12.5. Mexico
12.6. United States

13. Asia-Pacific Space Systems, Satellites and Launchers Market
13.1. introduction
13.2. Australia
13.3. China
13.4. India
13.5. Indonesia
13.6. Japan
13.7. Malaysia
13.8. Philippines
13.9. Singapore
13.10. South Korea
13.11. Taiwan
13.12. Thailand

14. Market for space systems, satellites and launchers in Europe, Middle East and Africa
14.1. introduction
14.2. France
14.3. Germany
14.4. Italy
14.5. Netherlands
14.6. Qatar
14.7. Russia
14.8. Saudi Arabia
14.9. South Africa
14.10. Spain
14.11. United Arab Emirates
14.12. UK

15. Competitive landscape
15.1. FPNV positioning matrix
15.1.1. Quadrants
15.1.2. Business strategy
15.1.3. Product satisfaction
15.2. Market ranking analysis
15.3. Market share analysis, by key player
15.4. Competitive scenario
15.4.1. Merger & Acquisition
15.4.2. Agreement, collaboration and partnership
15.4.3. New product launch and improvement
15.4.4. Investment and financing
15.4.5. Awards, recognition and expansion

16. Company usability profiles
16.2. Antrix Corporation Ltd.
16.3. China Society of Aerospace Science and Technology
16.4. Lockheed Martin Corp.
16.5. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
16.6. Rocket Lab United States
16.7. S7 space
16.8. Saffron
16.9. Space exploration technology company
16.10. Starsem
16.11. State Space Corporation
16.12. The Boeing Company

17. Annex

For more information on this report, visit

		Chinese astronauts, students from Beijing, Macau and Hong Kong in space-to-Earth interview on New Year’s Day
		Sun, 02 Jan 2022 14:46:23 +0000


Three Chinese astronauts from the Tiangong space station had a video chat with students in Beijing, Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday afternoon, the first day of 2022.

The live space-Earth conference brought together around 500 young students at the three sites. The astronauts shared their space dream and their aspirations.

Astronaut Zhai Zhigang, commander of the Shenzhou-13 mission, shared his experience with the young people and encouraged them to overcome difficulties and dangers.

“No matter how far we travel, the homeland is our greatest support forever. Love for the country always inspires us in space flights,” Zhai said.

Astronaut Wang Yaping expressed the hope that the Tiangong live class could guide more young people to look at the stars and sow the seeds of “the love of science, the pursuit of dreams and the exploration of the world. ‘unknown’ in their hearts.

Wang obtained the title of China’s first space professor after giving a televised science lecture during the Shenzhou-10 space mission in June 2013. During the Shenzhou-13 mission, she and the other two crew members also gave a talk in Tiangong in December 2021..

As China’s national space laboratory, the Tiangong space station is expected to play a unique role in encouraging the public, especially young people, to explore space and promote the scientific spirit.

“Despite the weightlessness in space, we feel firmly anchored in our hearts,” said astronaut Ye Guangfu, a newcomer to space.

With the support of space professionals, extensive training and valuable experience from aerospace predecessors, Ye said they have the confidence, determination and ability to complete the mission.

Tan Zuwei, a student at the School of Aerospace Engineering at Tsinghua University, felt deeply impressed by the astronauts’ passion for their dreams and the space cause. He said he was inspired by their spirit and would contribute to the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.

Zhou Ting, a medical student at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), felt lucky to ask the astronauts her question. “As a future doctor, I faced difficult studies and work, and sometimes I thought about giving up. But the astronauts gave me the courage to continue.

Qian Chunzheng, a freshman at Macao University of Science and Technology (MUST), said he feels the homeland concern for students in Hong Kong and Macao, as well as the development and progress of the spatial cause of the country. All of this reinforced their sense of pride and duty to the country.

“As we have our own space station right now, I think that in the future the Chinese will surely go further into deep space. As a student in Macau, I hope to contribute to the cause one day. spatial dimension, ”Qian added.

“Today’s event is a great gift sent to Hong Kong from our homeland. We are reassured! HKU professor Yeung Wai-Kwok said, adding that young people in Hong Kong should be down to earth, study hard, innovate and pursue their dreams with courage, in order to become “stars” in space exploration from the country.

A series of activities organized in Hong Kong and Macao fully demonstrated the attention of the central government. Young people in Hong Kong and Macau have realized they have ample space to fully exploit their talents, said Zhang Keke, director of the State Key Laboratory of Lunar and Planetary Sciences based at MUST.

During the video conference, the trio also showed people on the ground a display of paintings in the space station. Around 20 paintings drawn by teenagers from central and western China were on display in the exhibition.

Before the conference, Cheng Tangming, chief designer of the Long March-7 carrier rocket system, answered students’ questions and told them touching stories about how scientific researchers overcame difficulties and launched innovations.

“I feel very honored to be able to participate in this event, and I hope to do my part to contribute to the space dream of the students and help them to strengthen their confidence in the autonomy of the country in terms of innovation,” said Cheng. .

The activity, co-organized by the Hong Kong SAR Government, Macao SAR Government, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government of the Hong Kong SAR, the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government of the Macao SAR, the Chinese Manned Space Agency and the China Media Group, was broadcast live.

The three astronauts went to space aboard the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft and entered the space station on October 16, embarking on the country’s longest crewed mission to build the space station.

According to the plan, China will complete construction of the country’s space station by 2022, which is expected to provide long-term and consecutive manned stay. The crew will rotate in orbit.

From Tally Ho to space Thu, 30 Dec 2021 06:45:59 +0000

December 30 – OXFORD – A distinguished last name from Granville County is now rushing into space, destined to take its place a million miles from Earth and write a new page in the annals of space exploration.

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on Christmas Day with, not gifts from the Magi, but a payload of scientific equipment designed to reveal secrets sequestered in the far reaches of the universe.

It is also named after a son of Oxford. James E. Webb was one of five children of John Frederick Webb, who served for 28 years as superintendent of schools in Granville County and for whom JF Webb High School is named.

All three sons – James, Gorham, and John Frederick Jr. – attended UNC Chapel Hill and served in the military. The girls – Edith and Olive – attended North Carolina College for Women, now UNC Greensboro.

James Webb was born in the community of Tally Ho in the County of Granville and lived and attended school in Oxford. He had a distinguished career in the private sector and in government, beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1960s, including service in the United States Marines during World War II.

But he is best remembered as an administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Selected for the post in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, Webb guided NASA through the Apollo program, resigning during the change of administration just months before Neil Armstrong made his “giant leap for mankind.” “on the surface of the Moon in 1969.

Webb had been reluctant to accept the appointment as director of NASA. When asked in a 1985 interview what had changed his mind, he described his meeting with President Kennedy and said, “Well how could you turn down the President of the United States when ‘he said, here’s the exploration, extending outward from Earth, involving great and international policy issues? “I want you to take care of this because these are the politics that interest me in my job as president.” “

Webb took the job.

Webb’s daughter Sally, who now lives in California, said she found what he had done with NASA incredible, pointing out that Webb’s college degree was in education. He had no scientific training, although “he did a lot of study on his own.” Additionally, she said he had to deal with big egos among the scientists and astronauts he worked with.

“He had to balance this stuff,” she said.

What stands out, she says, is her integrity and honesty. “He was very patriotic,” she said, and “he loved North Carolina.”

Kathy Webb, daughter of John Frederick Webb Jr., said, “I grew up hearing about Uncle Jim. He was like a role model.”

She remembers visiting her uncle after he retired and suffered from Parkinson’s disease. She asked him if he thought there was life on other planets. “He spoke and spoke and spoke and never answered the question.”

The James Webb Space Telescope uses infrared technology, which will allow it to see objects farther away and more clearly than the Hubble Space Telescope. It could help scientists observe the first galaxies formed after the Big Bang and determine how they evolved and how planets formed.

And that might provide an answer to that question Webb didn’t answer for his niece about the possibility of life in these distant systems.

Webb has received numerous honors for his career, perhaps none more significant than having a historic marker placed in front of CG Credle Elementary School on College Street in Oxford. It reads: “James E. Webb 1906 – 1992 led NASA, 1961-1968, during early Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. He is. Johnson, Kennedy Space Centers. Lived 1 blk. W.”

Sally Webb was there in March 2019 for the marker dedication. “I was touched.” she said. “He never knew about it.”

He died in 1992.

Now the name that first appeared in Tally Ho is on its way to deep space. As Mark Pace, history scholar at the Richard H. Thornton Library, said, “He came from a small place and did great things.

SpaceX’s future depends on a gigantic rocket and 42,000 internet satellites Tue, 28 Dec 2021 10:30:00 +0000 SpaceX wants to use its Starship rocket for the kind of trips to Mars and beyond that Elon Musk has long dreamed of pursuing.

It also forms an important basis for the future business strategy of its space company, which wants to use the vehicle in part to develop Starlink, the satellite internet service that many investors believe could eventually make up the bulk of the company’s revenue. business.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the official name of the company founded by Mr. Musk nearly two decades ago, faces considerable challenges in transforming Starship into a reusable rocket that would dramatically reduce launch costs. Mr Musk recently said the ship is taking him longer than any other initiative, and warned that the vehicle, as well as internet service, creates significant challenges for the company.

“Starship is a tough, tough, tough, tough project,” he said at an event in December hosted by The Wall Street Journal. “It’s the biggest rocket ever made.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk talks about the future of Tesla and SpaceX, the role of government in business and provides an update on the launch of Starship. Photo: Ralph Alswang for The Wall Street Journal

The spacecraft, which would be put into orbit on a booster dubbed Super Heavy, is 160 feet tall and has a diameter of 30 feet, creating room to send hundreds of Starlink satellites into orbit at once, more than the dozen. that it is capable of currently deploying on one of its Falcon 9 rockets. More than half of the launches tracked by U.S. flight safety regulators the company has made in the past two years have been Starlink deployments.

The company plans to rapidly accelerate the pace of satellite launches in the coming years. SpaceX, in a July presentation to the Federal Communications Commission, said it has so far launched around 1,800 Starlink satellites and is active in more than 20 countries. The FCC has cleared SpaceX to launch about 12,000 satellites, but the company wants to add at least about 30,000 more, according to commission records.

Mr Musk told an industry conference this summer that SpaceX will likely invest at least $ 5 billion and possibly as much as $ 10 billion in Starlink before it fully begins to generate cash. , with continued investments thereafter.

In a tweet from NovemberMr. Musk said if a severe global recession reduces the availability of capital and liquidity as SpaceX loses billions on Starship and Starlink, then bankruptcy “while still unlikely, is not impossible.”

Over the past two years, the company has started selling stocks that have raised at least $ 3.8 billion, according to documents some private companies like SpaceX may be required to disclose under Securities and Exchange Commission rules. SpaceX does not publish financial statements.

A company spokesperson pointed to a recent statement posted on SpaceX’s website that the company’s upcoming year will partially include a potential first orbital mission for Starship and Starlink’s expansion.

Mr. Musk unveiled Starlink in 2015, with the goal of developing a network of smaller satellites in low orbit around the Earth that could provide high-speed Internet access around the world. SpaceX has set ambitious goals for Starlink, projecting more than 40 million subscribers that year by 2025, the Wall Street Journal previously reported.

SpaceX’s spacecraft would be put into orbit on top of a Super Heavy booster.


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SpaceX said this summer it has around 140,000 Starlink customers. Starlink lists the cost of the service at $ 99 per month, with a charge of $ 499 for an internet terminal, about half of the amount it costs the company to manufacture, Mr Musk said during summer.

Other companies, such as London-based OneWeb, are also setting up Internet satellite networks and an site. Inc.

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the unit plans to do so in the future. About 3.7 billion people worldwide are still not connected to the internet, according to a recent report from two United Nations agencies, while US officials have worked for years to improve high-speed internet access in areas underserved.

“There is a need for connectivity in places that don’t have it right now,” or where connections are very limited or expensive, Musk said this summer. In addition to consumers, Musk indicated that Starlink may offer services to other companies, recently saying in a tweet that travelers should ask airlines for Starlink.

The internet service creates a source of demand for Starship, said Matt Weinzierl, a Harvard Business School professor who studied space economics.

Historically, those who originate large rockets with no clear use have faced challenges: “If we don’t know why we built them, that can be a really losing proposition,” Weinzierl said, adding that he thinks the company will identify other uses for the rocket.

Starship, meanwhile, has at least one confirmed client in place: the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which in April awarded SpaceX a $ 2.9 billion contract to develop a Starship to bring astronauts to the surface. from the moon.

While working on the development of Starship and Starlink, SpaceX built a business based on government clients such as NASA and commercial satellite operators.

The value of its contracts with public sector clients was $ 2.2 billion in the federal government’s 2021 fiscal year, up from $ 195 million a decade earlier, according to a contracts database. SpaceX typically charges private customers $ 60 million to $ 65 million for Falcon 9 launches, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company’s valuation skyrocketed as it proved that its spacecraft like Falcon 9 could perform as intended and began building its fleet of Starlink satellites. SpaceX was valued at $ 100 billion in October, more than double its valuation in the summer of 2020, according to PitchBook. The latest figure is largely based on Starlink’s outlook, as the potential demand for broadband internet service globally is far greater than the size of the launch market, according to investors.

Tim Farrar, a satellite industry consultant, said that in most places around the world Internet customers cannot afford what Starlink charges or are well served by existing broadband providers. The United States is the cheapest market in the world for customers who could afford around $ 100 a month for the service and have relatively poor broadband offerings, according to Farrar.

“To have the capacity to serve millions of people in the United States, they’re going to have to launch tens of thousands of satellites, and the only way to do that at a low enough cost is to have Starship,” he said. he declares. “On the other hand, it doesn’t necessarily mean the market will be there.”

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Innovative in space Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:03:27 +0000

From global space agencies to emerging private sector players and even the general public, each of us has a role to play in guiding global space travel.

By Salem Humaid AlMarri, Managing Director of MBRSC

In the space realm, we keep thinking about the next big thing. Since the advent of the space race, humanity has gone beyond its capabilities to reveal more, gain knowledge and share more about our universe, our galaxies and the cosmos in general. The recent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope is another milestone for humanity on its journey to better understand the vast unknown. In addition, the launch was made possible thanks to the unwavering partnership between the US space agency NASA, the European Space Agency and the Canadian Space Agency.

Partnerships in the spotlight

These unifying moments of collaboration are what defines the space sector. It is not only a triumph of the scientists, engineers and people behind this project, but an inspiration to the multitude of space nations who aim to contribute to the space sector. It nurtures the ambition of future generations to mark the annals of scientific history.

The future of space exploration is the responsibility of multiple stakeholders. From global space agencies to emerging private sector players and even the general public, each of us has a role to play in guiding global space travel. It will not only push and inspire technological innovations, but will rely more on the ecosystem to encourage transparent collaboration between science and universities, large companies and SMEs to NGOs and institutions, among others.

United Arab Emirates space travel

As a young space nation celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year, the UAE has made significant strides in space science and exploration, pushing the boundaries of what we can achieve in this area. Since building our first satellite in 2007, it has taken us less than a decade and a half to go from there to sending a mission to Mars – a first interplanetary mission from the Arab world. This mission has already collected more than 100 GB of data on weather and climate conditions on Mars, which has been made available to the scientific community through our data centers.

But we don’t stop there. This year, we also announced the Emirates lunar mission to land the Rashid rover on the moon and study a region never explored before. The results of this mission will be crucial for future space travel and the creation of space suits and vehicles for interplanetary missions.

Beyond that, we also rely on our astronaut corps and aim to establish a human settlement on Mars by 2117. Our projects and ambitions today are geared towards the vision of the future.

The future is collaborative

We have always believed in the power of collaboration and our scientific milestones could not have been achieved without our partners. MBRSC’s latest satellite project – the MBZ-SAT, which when completed will be the region’s most advanced satellite in high-resolution satellite imagery, has been instrumental in supporting the industry local space, with 90% of the mechanical structure and 50% of the electronic modules under construction in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, we have partnered with agencies and universities around the world to collaborate on the mission.

Likewise, the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Program is currently training with the 2021 NASA Astronaut Candidate Class, while the UAE Analog Astronauts are currently undertaking the UAE Analog Mission # 1, in the United Arab Emirates. as part of international scientific research on the Single Earth Station (SIRIUS-21), as part of an 8-month project in Moscow, Russia.

The MBRSC has always encouraged collaborations with the scientific community in order to continue to encourage scientific programs aimed at exploring new research activities and application possibilities in the field of STEM. Our work with our collaborators will enable scalability, resilience and, most importantly, provide unprecedented observations of space, research and technology for the betterment of humanity.

2022 and beyond will be even better and bigger for the Next Frontier, as the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope has signaled. Understanding the advantages of the space industry, the UAE has also, as part of its diversification, explored and established itself as a leader in the field in the Arab region through its space missions and programs. As a country, we are not only celebrating the past 50 years, but we also envision a future of growth, prosperity and unity for the “next 50”.

By Salem Humaid AlMarri, Managing Director of MBRSC

UTSA Helps Lead International Space Research, Enriched Student Experience | UTSA today | UTSA Wed, 22 Dec 2021 18:56:32 +0000

It took the combined efforts of NASA and European and Canadian space agencies to make this possible. Astronomers around the world have used Hubble and ground-based telescopes to prepare for this momentous occasion.

The group that I co-lead at the University of Texas at San Antonio includes about 55 astronomers from Japan to Alaska and many places in between. Earlier this year, we got 53 hours on the JWST to scan the centers of super massive galaxies and black holes.

We know that black holes can be submerged if they attract too much material. When matter falls into a black hole, it creates pressure from the immense amount of energy released, and it can send gas and dust back to the galaxy. The precise nature of how this happens and the impact on the galaxy, however, remains poorly understood. This process could have a significant effect on the evolution of galaxies, so incredibly to fully understand the solar system, and therefore our own place in the universe, it might be necessary to analyze black holes.

Using UTSA’s enhanced high-performance computing, our research team will organize the JWST data and perform the initial data analysis. We will publish our results and present at international conferences what will certainly be major advances in knowledge.

UTSA students will participate in this unique endeavor. This is especially important at UTSA, an institution serving Hispanics that strives to increase the representation of minorities and people of color in science. While we expect many answers from the data collected by the JWST, we also expect new questions to arise. This research cycle will create learning opportunities for students and early career scientists.

Scottish scientist to pilot mission to Mars Tue, 21 Dec 2021 04:56:19 +0000

Dr Christian Schröder is one of five ‘visiting researchers’, joining five scientists from Europe, Russia and Canada who will play a leading role in commanding the Euro-Russian rover ExoMars Rosalind Franklin when it launches. in September 2022.

Once the rover lands at the selected Oxia Planum site on Mars in June 2023, the machine will spend a minimum of 211 “sols” (Martian days), equivalent to 230 Earth days, searching for organic carbon molecules that could tell us if there has never been life on the planet.

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The appointment comes months after the launch of the Scottish Space Strategy, which aims to create 20,000 jobs in the sector by 2030. The strategy sets out plans to develop a network of satellite launch sites, pursue green technologies and build on existing strengths in data analysis. and research.

NASA’s Perseverance rover fires its descent stage engines as it approaches the Martian surface. Image: PA

Dr Schröder was part of the team that operated NASA’s twin Mars exploration rovers, Sprit and Opportunity, from 2003 to 2019. The mission established the past presence of liquid water on the Martian surface – the condition most important prerequisite for life.

He said: “Over the past two decades, we’ve learned that there is a lot of liquid water on Mars over 3.5 billion years ago. At that time, Earth and Mars were very similar, and life was already well established on Earth.

“So it’s conceivable that there was also life on Mars. But even if we find the right signs, was this life independent of life on Earth? Or was it the result of an exchange of meteorites between Earth and Mars?

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“If it were independent – and life was born twice in our solar system – then the universe could be teeming with life. Otherwise, it would be less likely.

Lecturer in biological and environmental sciences, Dr Schröder’s expertise covers Earth sciences and planetary exploration. He is particularly interested in the interaction between iron minerals and carbon molecules, which can give an indication of what kind of life there might have been.

Once Rosalind Franklin lands, Dr Schröder will be based at the rover’s operations control center in Turin, Italy, where the team will guide the rover across the surface of Mars.

The Rosalind Franklin rover is the first to carry a drill long enough to explore molecules up to 2m below the surface, where they would be shielded from harsh radiation on the planet’s surface.

The rover carries nine scientific instruments to locate the best drill sites and analyze the recovered samples. Dr Schröder will be part of the team that operates the rover’s eyes – the panoramic camera, or PanCam – and the Raman laser spectrometer, which identifies minerals and carbon in drill core.

He said: “This mission has been in the works for a long time and it will be great to see it finally take off, and important to be in a leading role when it does.”

While at Mainz University in the early 2000s, Dr Schröder helped develop the miniaturized Mössbauer spectrometer, MIMOS II, for NASA missions. He joined the University of Stirling in 2013.

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Summary of scientific news: geologists discover a “treasure” of dinosaur tracks in Poland; NASA’s Webb Telescope promises ‘incredible journey’ for astronomy and more Thu, 16 Dec 2021 05:01:05 +0000

Here is a summary of scientific news briefs.

Geologists find “treasure” of dinosaur tracks in Poland

Hundreds of dinosaur footprints, so well preserved that even scaly skin can be seen, have been found in Poland, giving a glimpse of a complex ecosystem around 200 million years ago, geologists said. Described by the Polish Geological Institute-National Research Institute as a treasure, the traces and fossilized bones were found in an open-cast clay mine in Borkowice, 130 km (80 miles) south of Warsaw.

NASA’s Webb Telescope promises ‘incredible journey’ for astronomy

It was completed years late at a much higher cost than expected, but NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled to launch next week, could usher in a new era of astronomy by gathering information on the early stages of the universe, star formation and whether any planets beyond our solar system can be suitable for life. The orbiting infrared observatory, designed to be around 100 times more sensitive than its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope, is due to take off on December 22 on an Ariane 5 rocket from a site in French Guiana on the northeast coast of America from South.

Omicron thrives in the airways, not in the lungs; new data on asymptomatic cases

The following is a summary of some recent studies on COVID-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the results and that has not yet been certified by peer review. Omicron multiplies faster in the airways, slower in the lungs

Chile zoo tests experimental COVID vaccine on lions and tigers

At the Buin Zoo on the outskirts of the Chilean capital Santiago, a veterinarian wearing a tiger striped face mask administers an experimental COVID-19 vaccine to a tiger in a cage, while another zoo worker feeds the pieces of it. raw meat animals via a pair of long tongs. Buin Zoo, like others around the world, is seeking to protect its animals from the coronavirus. He administers an experimental formula donated by global animal health company Zoetis Inc to his 10 most sensitive animals, zoo director Ignacio Idalsoaga said.

Russia expects NASA space travel to ISS from 2022 – agency chief

Moscow expects NASA to resume taking cosmonauts to the International Space Station and hopes cooperation can resume next year, the head of the Russian space agency said on Wednesday. Russia has been the only country capable of transporting people to the ISS since 2011, when the US space agency withdrew its space shuttle and diverted resources to further space exploration.

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