Roscosmos found a way to hide classified activity within Russia and prevent foreign spy satellites from obtaining information within the region. Furthermore, Roscosmos researchers developed a system to hide classified activities in Russia from the operational surveillance being used by foreign spy satellites. The method of implementation is by completely silencing the data transmission during the use of ground-based radio stations. This information became available via Roscosmos’ website.
NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting this week at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. It is expected that NATO will acknowledge space as NATO’s new operational sphere at these meetings.
Japanese company HAPSMobile successfully completed the second HAWK30 Solar HAPS test flight on October 23 from a NASA facility. The first flight was in the September. HAPSMobile plans to move the HAWK30 to the Hawaiian island of Lanai and is accelerating preparations to perform stratospheric test flights there by March 31, 2020 per their press release.
HAPSMobile is a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO: 9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), who is also an aircraft development partner for “HAWK30,” a solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed for stratospheric telecommunications platform systems that flies approximately 20kms into the stratosphere. The wing span of the HAWK30 is 78 meters.
Russia announced a new project pertaining to the satellite system Gonets 2.0. The system will have satellite phone options and a myriad of government applications. It is on par with Putin’s plan to have Russia closed off in the same way as Russia is developing its own intranet, similar to the Great Fire Wall of China and eliminating privacy. The deployment of the system is scheduled for 2024. It will also have large data storage capabilities and the ability to create automatic subsystems. Russia estimates by 2025 that their satellite channel will be used by millions of devices in Russia. Besides the military applications, Gonets 2.0 can be used in the drone, energy, transport, oil and gas industries across Russia and some of the former Soviet block nations, like Belarus.
The $2.31 billion small satellites market is slated to reach beyond $8.9 billion in revenues by the end of 2028. Attributed to surging government funding, increasing support from private entities, soaring satellite adoption for R&D purposes, and increasing demand for low-earth orbit services, Future Market Insights expects the global market for small satellites to observe robust growth at an estimated CAGR of 13.5% over a 10-year period 2018-2028.
According to a new market research report published by Credence Research “Optical Satellite Communication Market (Component Type – Receiver, Transmitter, Modular, Demodulator and Others; Application – Surveillance & Security, Research & Space Exploration, Tracking & Monitoring, Telecommunication, Earth Observation, Last Mile Access and Others) Market – Growth, Future Prospects and Competitive Analysis, 2018 – 2026”, the global optical satellite communication market set to expand with a CAGR of 12.73% throughout the forecast period to hit the market value of $1 billion by 2026.