Satellite industry news (28th July)

U.S. accused Russia of conducting satellite weapons test

On July 23, the U.S. Space Forces issued a statement accusing Russia of testing satellite weapons in outer space on July 15.

At issue is the Russian satellite “Cosmos 2543”. The Aircraft is believed to have released some new object in orbit this time. There have been various suspicions about this satellite in the past. In 2018, the US State Department expressed concern that it was acting differently than originally stated. Earlier in 2020, it was reported that he was tracking a satellite of the US Reconnaissance Office.

In this statement, US Space Force Director of Space Operations John Raymond said, “The United States is working with its allies to prevent (Russia) aggression, and from hostilities in space to the United States and its allies. We are ready to protect our interests.”

In addition, Britain told Russia that Space Agency Marshal Harvey Smyth suggested that Russia’s actions could pose a threat to the peaceful use of space and its satellites and systems, they also asked to stop the experiment.

Russia, on the other hand, explained that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 24 did not violate international law, as the reconnaissance satellite only inspected Russian spacecraft using special small equipment.

Current international law does not specifically set prohibitions on the use of outer space.

Dr. Autry nominated for NASA CFO’s for “commercialization” of the universe

On July 22, the White House announced that the US President has appointed Dr. Greg Autry as NASA’s next Chief Financial Officer.

Dr. Autry specializes in commercializing technology at the University of Southern California, while teaching at the Florida Institute of Technology among other places. In addition, he is an advisor for Relativity Space , which promotes rocket manufacturing and development with 3D printers.

Following approval by the US Senate, Dr. Autry will become the CFO of NASA.

In the United States, the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, Public Law 101–576 (CFO Law) was enacted in 1990 with the aim of improving the financial management of the government, and CFOs were established in 24 ministries and agencies.

White House releases report summarizing strategy for deep space exploration

On July 23, the White House in the United States published the report ” A New Era for Deep Space Exploration and Development “.

The report focuses on the three themes of low earth orbit commercialization, lunar relanding and colonization, and human advancement to Mars, along with the associated scientific research and education. Contrary to the Apollo program, future space development is not limited to NASA, but almost all of the United States. It is emphasized that a wide range of stakeholders, including ministries and agencies, will be involved.

Furthermore, although the government will play a central role in the future, five items are listed as important goals for the government to promote space development in cooperation with private companies.

-Promoting safety and predictability for long-term sustainable space activities
-Supporting commercial activities and industrial development in space
-Supporting research and development of new space technology
-Engaging commercial and international partners to build the infrastructure needed for space exploration and development
-Support advanced space research by the U.S. research community in the public and private sectors

Will SpaceX Raise New Funding?

SpaceX plans to raise new funding, with a $44 billion valuation and $1 billion in funding. SpaceX has raised a total of approximately $3.5 billion to date, with the most recent funding being $500 million. (The company’s valuation at that time was $36 billion)

Morgan Stanley estimates that SpaceX’s final corporate value will reach $175 billion. In addition, it estimates that the company’s communications satellite business, Starlink, will generate free cash flow (the amount obtained by deducting expenses such as capital investment required for business continuity from corporate revenue) for the first time in 2033.

SpaceX’s crew spacecraft Crew Dragon, which is currently staying at the ISS, will return to Earth on August 3rd. After returning to Earth, it will take about 6 weeks for certification examination of the test flight, and the Crew-1 mission scheduled to be boarded by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi is expected to be in late September at the earliest. Four astronauts, including Noguchi, will be staying at the ISS for half a year.

SpaceX will continue to pay attention to manned space development, rocket development, and satellite constellation maintenance.

China’s mission to Mars

Tenma-1 is China’s first solo Mars mission. Until now, the only country in the world that has successfully launched a spacecraft that runs on the ground of Mars and landed successfully. The Chinese rover is designed for 90-day Mars exploration. The launch of Tenma-1 into the orbit of Mars is scheduled for February 2021.