Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.
Here’s our round-up for November:
The new space race is all about satellites: Pros and cons of each orbit
For most people, satellites probably bring to mind things like weather forecasts, GPS, or satellite TV broadcasting. Other common satellite applications, such as extending cellular coverage, connecting ATM machines, and restoring communications infrastructure quickly, among others, often go unnoticed since they’re not visible to users. TNW takes a look at the pros and cons of each orbit. Read more here.
Skyrora moves to larger Edinburgh HQ
The business’s switch to Princes Street is praised by City of Edinburgh Council leader as a sign of the capital’s attraction to ‘innovative tech firms’. Read more at Insider.co.uk.
NASA to pay private space companies for moon rides
Under a programme called Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS), NASA will buy space aboard a couple of launches a year, starting in 2021. See more at ScienceMag.
Chinese start-ups push into space business, plan to challenge SpaceX
Landspace needs roughly a further $115 million in capital to reach the stage where it can start commercial operations. Read more at Business Standard.
Why would a blockchain company buy a satellite company?
This month ConsenSys entered the satellite business. It befuddled the company’s observers to see a blockchain company, tasked with promoting Ethereum’s use, lay down what was likely hundreds of millions of dollars to buy one of the world’s premiere space startups. But the answer might lie in what ConsenSys can do for data and information, not just blockchain technology or Ethereum. Read more at Hackernoon.