March 6, 2022 4:51 pm Published by

Welcome to Let’s Talk Space, your monthly roundup of the most interesting news stories in the space business (in our opinion). In this month’s episode, we looked at three new and legacy projects in space technology that are both sustainable and environmentally friendly.

SPACEtalks 3.0 is just over one month away! With more and more innovative projects in the realm of aerospace industry, Cosmonauts has selected three headline-worthy Space Tech topics you may have missed.

Alternative rocket builder SpinLaunch completes first test flight in New Mexico.

Founded by Jonathan Yaney in 2014, SpinLaunch as a space-tech explorer has strived to develop the rapid and cost-effective deployment of small satellite constellations into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). 

In October 2021, SpinLaunch successfully conducted the first test flight of a prototype which demonstrated an unprecedented method of launching spacecraft to orbit.

Instead of traditional fuel-based rockets, a ground-based, electric powered kinetic launch system is what SpinLaunch attempts to achieve a sustainable space access technology, heralding an environmental-friendly space travel with zero emissions in 2025.

ICEYE, a satellite-imagery company, has raised $136 million to better monitor natural disasters.

With the synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellites, ICEYE has had huge investment from governmental and commercial industries such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the European Space Agency, who hope to understand natural catastrophes better and to respond quicker. 

Insurance companies are also leveraging these powerful satellites to size damage, improve the claims process, and build new products, in terms of flood monitoring. More specifically, SAR satellites are able to capture images of the surface at night and through clouds, monitor areas up to 40,000 km2, and zoom in to areas of interest at very high resolution down to under 1 metre.

Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin plans “business park” in space.

Backed by space industry leaders including Boeing, Redwire, Genesis Engineering Solutions, and Arizona State University, Jeff Bezos’s space exploration company Blue Origin and its main partner, Sierra Space, have announced their ambitious plans to launch a commercial space station into low-earth orbit in the latter half of this decade. 

The space station, named Orbital Reef, will be operated as a “mixed use business park” inspace, providing shared infrastructure to scale economic activity and open new markets in space. The station is also expected to house up to 10 people in an area of about 30,000 cubic feet. 

SPACEtalks 3.0

If you would like to learn more about trending space tech topics or how you can get involved with science and technology experts, check out our SPACEtalks 3.0. With speakers from Science and Technology Facilities Council, GEN Space, London Institute of Space Policy and Law, Voyager Space Holdings Inc, Satellite Applications Catapult, Innovate UK, IQ Capita, BEIS Space Directorate, E2MC Ventures, Seraphim Space, and Department of Tourism Business at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, you will be meeting and hearing from space tech experts. 

SPACEtalks plans to host lively presentations and debates about Space Tech and the industry’s future, bringing together the industry’s best minds, experts, and professionals.

Tickets are available to purchase through the website.

Designed for aerospace related industry professionals, decision makers at aerospace  commercial organisations, start-ups, governmental agencies and academia, Space Talks is  a one-of-a-kind space tech event with thought-provoking discussions about space R&I and  current trends, whilst providing the opportunity to network in-person in this cutting-edge  industry and to learn all about the future of the space sector.

SPACEtalks will be taking place at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, a federation of leading science and technology organisations and facilities.

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