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Soviet Union Satellite Recovery Plans Faces Problems

Russia is on a plan to enter the satellite race. The country has long since had the project scheduled but did not manage to start. This result is more so caused by the coronavirus pandemic that immobilized social systems and potential plans at the start of 2020. However, the country is getting back on its feet, including the prospects on satellite systems previously in line for launch. 

However, certain parties in the country bring up the possibility of several challenges that face the project. One such individual is the deputy minister in charge of Digital Development, Communication and Mass Media, Oleg Ivanov. According to Ivanov, adopting an orbital satellite communication base is essential. However, he emphasizes the need to prepare for eventualities in pushing this project. He further raises concerns over establishing a well-laid network to allow citizens in rural areas to access information readily. He also expressed his views concerning courses in data rates and wireless communications latency over long distances. 

Ivanov’s point of concern is the cost of establishing such a satellite network in orbit. He further explains that the satellites’ need for operators causes a significant problem. The governing body will be required to decide whether the satellites will be private or government-operated. Likewise, he also but another concern on methods of solving future challenges that might arise. As the head of the communication department, he also addressed the issue, stating that satellite network bands are different from the ready functional systems. 

If Russia wants to implement a satellite constellation system in Low Earth orbit, there is a significant need for changes that will affect the country’s whole communication system. There is a possibility that this change will cause the rise and fall of certain brands in the market. Ivanov further affirms that business entities that will not be able to shift their operations to adopt this new system will be greatly affected. 

Other connected parties voiced their opinion on the satellite initiative stating that the cost of manufacturing satellites in Russia is a major hindrance in development. According to Yuri Vilkov, the deputy general designer in charge of satellites’ development and innovation, the country urgently needs to find ways of reducing the costs of manufacturing satellites. Such results could be through extensive incentives in the sector. He further requested the need to have more research done into the specification of satellites that could cater to the country’s needs

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Sweden Space Agency Finalizing on Planned Space Launch

Sweden’s financial body recently announced a plan to spend $10 million on an Esrange Space Centre upgrade. This upgrade will enable the center to facilitate the next series of space launches. According to reports, the plan will be underway by 2020 when test launches start. Esrange’s financial boosting us the second record in space exploration investing by the Swedish government. Previous investments include a 60-million-krona boost to upgrade a planned test site. 

Swedish government plans to use this investment to set it among the few countries that can launch satellites into orbit. However, there are rumors that the UK also plans to have a stake in orbital launches. This venture includes a proposition to integrate Richard Branson and flight-based company to provide the base for future launches into space. A successful launch from Virgin will establish the first in-country based launch station for the country. UK’s current launch station is on a disputable piece of land with France. 

Sweden’s space exploration plans began with looking into the option of an in-country launch in 2013. Sweden’s space exploration venture was initiated in 2013 with a test flight that was a proof of concept to help gather support. The country is so far prosperous in its space-based attempts. However, there are concerns over the capacity to launch rockets from the proposed Esrange Space Center. 

The center also received a 5,200 square kilometre allocation in the designated tundra region. This piece of land’s demarcation is to provide a buffer zone for launch stages to descend without endangering civilians. Space also acts as a reserve for reindeer in the region. 

The plan is of Sweden’s 300million krona development scheme. The project that started with an infrastructure modernization project in 2018 is now in its third phase. The second entry included building test stands to test-firing rockets. 

Sweden’s space agency, the Swedish Space Corporation, might host the launch. The Swedish Spaced Corporation controls activities on the Esrange Space Center but does not have a dedicated launch provider. There are talks about having a small launch company’s go step in as a launch provider. 

The SSC also plans to integrate the help of emerging German ventures like Isar Aerospace as well as Rocket Factory Augsburg. These parties will be useful for the initial rocket and stage testing of the project. Both ventures have a cumulative payload of 2300 kilograms expected to launch into the orbit

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Momentus Aims to Become a Public Startup with a Steady Road Acquisition Organization

In- space shipping company called Momentus declared on the 7th of October that they are arranging to grow into a publicly traded firm through a union with another organization. Ideally, from the day Momentus was founded, it has brought in many clients by accepting to ship satellites from the place where big rockets land them to their anticipated endpoint. Momentus plots to show that ability with its orbital transportation car in the coming years. Furthermore, in the past months, Momentus has increased its employee and business sector to involve hosting payloads and capturing space stations in orbit using an engineered robot the company is designing. From the union and public engagement, Momentus wishes to get funds to increase the development of its group of space tugs.

Moreover, concerning Vigoride, Momentus id designing Ardoride, a truck to ship little and big sized satellites to orbits, and fevoride, a car to heavy loads of goods anyplace outside the space; this according to a statement on the website of Momentus. Space firms have suffered for many decades to raise money, making it harder for them to design cars faster than other large organizations such as SpaceX and Blue Origin; this statement made by Mikhail Kokorich to the SpaceNews. Furthermore, Kokorich mentioned an urge to design their cars at the same speed as SpaceX and Blue Origin. He added that, with the company’s capital, it would enable them to move quickly on Favoride and Ardoride to enhance the ability of gigantic space ships to transport goods.

However, the union between Momentus and Stable Road directors was confirmed following the consent of regulators and firm partners. The agreement is supposed to settle by the beginning of 2021. Afterward, Momentus dividends would trade its stock under the MNTS symbol. According to a statement by Kokorich, it illustrated that Momentus is at the lead of the new space business and is self-assured to maximize the chance to grow. Likewise, he said that the company’s goal is to offer infrastructure assistance to help other industries outside the earth. According to Brian Kabot, the Chief Executive Officer of Stable Road, he mentioned that they are planning to discover a disruptive firm. Momentus was a different and captivating chance to generate value through partnership. He concluded by saying that the firm is a spearhead in the increasingly growing space industry.

 

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Antares deploys the Cygnus payload space vehicle to the ISS

Northrop Grumman successfully deployed the Cygnus payload spacecraft to the International Space Station via its Antares rocket at the beginning of this month.