TOP STORIES: December 2019

31 December 2019

Each month we round up some of the top stories in space, entrepreneurship, innovation, finance and technology.

Here’s our round-up for December:

An investor’s perspective on the current state of the global space startup industry

Investment in space startups is significant and growing, and the opportunities available to commercial players in space exploration, research and industrialization are multiplying. But for non-expert investors and observers, these opportunities can seem obtuse and obscured, buried in technical jargon and a heady amount of hype. Read the article by TechCrunch here.

Blue Origin Launches Its First Space Tourism Rocket In Seven Months

Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin successfully launched its New Shepard vehicle for a 12th time, as it continues its efforts to begin launching humans on short jaunts into space. Read more at Forbes.

Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the 2019 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes. Read more by the GNSS Agency.

Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS. Credit: GSA

Lloyd’s Launches Space Insurance Policy for Emerging Private Space Sector

Lloyd’s has launched a new multi-million-pound space insurance policy for the emerging private spaceflight industry. The product is designed to cater to the distinct needs of a rapidly growing new space sector, which, according to Lloyd’s, could be the driving force behind a tripling in size of the global space market by 2040. Read more at Insurance Journal.

4 Products That Make Sense to Manufacture in Orbit

Space is open for business, and some entrepreneurs plan to make the final frontier into a manufacturing hub. There’s plenty of real estate. But it takes a few thousand dollars to launch a kilogram of stuff into space. Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

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