INTRIGUING IMAGE OF THE WEEK
INDUSTRY INSIGHTS & TRENDS
- NASA Establishes Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute
NASA introduced the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI), hosted at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., to leverage the growing small spacecraft (i.e., SmallSat) community, promote innovation, identify emerging technology opportunities, and provide an efficient channel for communication about small spacecraft systems with industry, academia and other government agencies.
- Satellite Imagery Helps Verify ‘Zero Deforestation’ Commitments
Airbus Defence and Space, The Forest Trust (TFT) and SarVision developed the Starling service, which enables companies to provide evidence of how they’re implementing their No Deforestation commitments. Starling uses a combination of high-resolution optical satellite and radar imagery to provide unbiased monitoring of forest-cover change.
- Trimble Sells UAS Business to Delair-Tech
Trimble announced that Delair-Tech acquired its Belgium-based Gatewing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) engineering and manufacturing
- Swarm Satellites Measure Earth’s Magnetism and Electricity
In 2013, the European Space Agency (ESA) launched a trio of Swarm satellites to monitor Earth’s magnetic field. According to a research paper published in Science Advances on Sept. 30, 2016, the satellites were able to measure a faint magnetic field created by oceans that led to discoveries about Earth’s electrical nature.