TOP STORIES: November 2020

1 December 2020

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

Here’s our round-up for November:

D-Orbit Satellite Carrier delivers Planet SuperDoves to desired orbits

“D-Orbit of Italy demonstrated the first commercial last-mile delivery service when it finished a two-month campaign Oct. 28, dropping off 12 Planet SuperDove Earth-imaging satellites in orbit.” Read more at SpaceNews.

D-Orbit of Italy demonstrated the first commercial last-mile delivery service when it finished a two-month campaign Oct. 28, dropping off 12 Planet SuperDove Earth-imaging satellites in orbit. Pictured is D-Orbit’s mission control center. Credit: D-Orbit

Scotland’s space industry has incredible potential because of its unique selling point: tiny satellites and cleaner, greener rockets

“Scotland’s journey to becoming Europe’s leading space nation has continued this week with confirmation that Lockheed Martin is to launch a satellite from Unst in Shetland.” Read more.

Satellites do not need to be large to produce data that can be used by scientists studying climate change and host of other subjects (Picture: Getty Images)

Biden administration expected to emphasize climate science over lunar exploration at NASA

A Biden administration is likely to place more emphasis on Earth sciences at NASA and slow down the agency’s plans to return humans to the moon, and do so with a new person at the helm of the agency. Read more by SpaceNews.

The incoming Biden administration will likely make Earth science a greater priority at NASA, while at least slowing down the Artemis program and its plans for a 2024 lunar return. Credit: Adam Schultz/Biden for President

The Artemis Accords take shape

“The Artemis Accords are crafted to prevent conflict before it happens,” argued NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, who was at the center of the Accords effort, figurately and literally: his screen was in the middle of that three-by-three array. “Fundamentally, the Accords are about avoiding conflict, transparency, public registration, deconflicting activities. These are the principles that will preserve peace.” Read more at the Space Review.

Representatives of the US and seven other nations signed the Artemis Accords in a virtual ceremony October 13. (credit: NASA)

OPEN DEMO DAY POINT.IOT

 

The #PointIoT development sprint is in its final weeks and we’re excited to share the date of the virtual Demo Day. Join us for the highlight event of the programme on 8th Dec from 14:00 CET as the 10 selected teams showcase their Galileo-enabled IoT solutions. It’s open to public, so all you need to do register for the event here.