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Hello and welcome to the first new weekly satsearch newsletter!
The space sector moves fast, and it isn't always easy to keep up with the latest developments in today's busy world.
For that reason we want to share with you a few stories that have been generating a lot of interest in the satsearch community this week, and give you an update from our own blog:
Canada's lunar ambitions
On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will be participating in the development of the Lunar Gateway space station. Alongside NASA, Canada will contribute to this multi-billion dollar project that aims to build a station orbiting the Moon to facilitate communication, scientific research and act as a holding facility for robotic systems for further exploration. It is exciting news for the space industry in the country, and a clear objective that businesses and researchers can rally behind - as Prime Minister Trudeau puts it "Canada is going to the Moon" - read more here.
A new West Coast space incubator
Techstars and Starburst Aerospace are launching a new space industry business accelerator in Los Angeles, USA. With a number of partners that include NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, the U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, and Maxar Technologies, the new accelerator is now accepting applications and aims to begin the program in July. Although this announcement was from three weeks ago, the story got a lot of traction across our communication channels in the last few days - you can find out more here.
Spear-fishing in zero gravity
Another recent story that gained a lot of interest this week was the successful test of a space harpoon. Seriously! The RemoveDEBRIS project by the University of Surrey fired an onboard harpoon from a satellite into a tethered panel five feet away, puncturing it and remaining embedded so that it could be retracted. If the target panel was a random bit of space trash, the satellite had just successfully demonstrated that it could be cleaned up. The feat was captured in a fascinating piece of footage that is well worth a view, and paves the way to very interesting new capabilities in the field of space debris removal; an increasingly important area. See the footage here.
An industry built on personal relationships
Finally, on the satsearch blog this week we published a new article about the importance of personal relationships in the space sector. We discussed some recent partnership announcements from our community and also talked about how your company can maximise the value of the personal networks that you and your employees build, in a way that benefits both of you. You can take a look at the article here.
That's all from us for this week - have a great weekend and we'll speak to you soon.