Technology

Satellite Servicing and Small Satellites – Coming of Age

The Orbital ATK Rendezvous, Proximity Operations and Docking (RPOD) Lab uses full scale mock-ups of client vehicle and Mission Extension Vehicles to test RPOD sensors, actuators, control algorithms and contact dynamics of our satellite servicing vehicles

Does it seem to you that satellite servicing and small satellites are more frequently in the news? It wasn’t always the case, but many believed it was just a matter of time when these business segments would begin to have an impact. This interview by Eva-Jane Lark from the September 2012 issue of Space Quarterly Magazine is with Jim Armor Major General (retired), one of those believers. A …

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The Defence and Security Applications of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission

The first RCM satellite being transferred to the TVAC chamber at the David Florida Laboratory

This fall Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission, a trio of synthetic aperture radar satellites, will launch 15 years after its conception. In that time there have been government imposed delays and a budget that has grown to over $1 billion. Eric Choi wrote the following article for Space Quarterly Magazine which was published in the March 2013 Canadian edition. It is still relevant today.

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The Emerging Space Cyberwarfare Theatre – Space Quarterly Magazine Archive

Artist illustration of satellite and cyberspace

On Monday the Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced the launch of the Innovation for Defence Excellence and Security (IDEaS) program. The first call for proposals for the $1.6 billion program includes challenges related to the space domain such as cyber and identifying and characterization of objects in space. With that in mind we’re publishing this story which first appeared in Space Quarterly Magazine in March 2013. …

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GHGSat to Deploy Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Sensor on an Airplane and Looks to Expand Into India and China

GHGSat satellite Claire

At 15-kilograms, Claire, the size of a microwave oven, zips around the planet at 7-kilometres a second. When flying above the Alberta oil sands, her sensors zero in on a tailing pond and record carbon dioxide and methane emissions. Claire is a demonstration microsatellite operated by GHGSat, the first commercial company to offer greenhouse gas monitoring services using satellite technology.

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