TOP STORIES: September 2020

5 October 2020

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

Here’s our round-up for September:

The Mega Constellations Are Already Here. The Time For Polite Concern Is Over

As Jonathan O’Callaghan writes in Forbes, “a group of hundreds of astronomers announced the results of their report into mega constellations, vast groups of thousands of satellites currently in the process of design and launch. These constellations, the Satellite Constellations 1 (SATCON1) report from the National Science Foundation said, could fundamentally change the appearance of Earth’s night sky.” Read more in Forbes.

Mega constellation launches are already coming thick and fast. Source: GETTY

Swissto12 and Thales Alenia Space turn to 3D printing for communications satellite parts

SWISSto12 is working with Thales Alenia Space to expand the use of additively manufactured parts for geostationary communications satellites. Read more at SpaceNews.

Artist’s rendition of Eutelsat’s Konnect VHTS satellite. Credit: Thales Alenia Space


SpaceX has busy manifest of Dragon missions

SpaceX is preparing for a busy schedule of Dragon missions carrying cargo and crew to the International Space Station through next year, a manifest that will make at least some use of reused spacecraft. Read more at SpaceNews.

Dragon missions over 14 months. Credit: SpaceX


The registration for the 71st International Astronautical Congress – The CyberSpace Edition to be held from 12 – 14 October 2020 is now open!

The IAC 2020 – The CyberSpace Edition encompasses most of the traditional IAC features compatible with a virtual format, including Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Official Announcements, Plenaries, Highlight Lectures, the IAF Global Networking Forum Programme, Technical Programme including Special Sessions, Press Conference, a Networking Session focusing on the Next Generation, a Virtual Exhibition with integrated audience interaction tool, and a Mentoring Programme.

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mygalileo solution competition deadline extended

The deadline for the competition has been extended to 14 October, 23:59 CEST. Yes, you’ve read it right. You still have more than two weeks to polish your #Galileo-powered satellite ideas! More info here.