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issue 12

Hi friends;

It's been three months now since I launched this newsletter. It is gaining a satisfying traction and I am very delighted. Thank you for your encouragements!

As you may have seen, each mail is divided into three sections:

  1. the editorial where I share a little personal analysis (fictional or non-fictional) on certain themes;

  2. Here is what you missed”, where I try to summarize as concisely as I can the headlines of the week;

  3. and the "Cookie of the week" where I share a nice little nugget around Space in general.

As much as I'm quite satisfied with the time spent/quality ratio of the last two points, the first one remains an open problem. Three challenges should be fullfilled, I try:

  1. to be as concise as possible in order not to make the mail too long;

  2. to take sufficient number of lines to build ideas;

  3. and to find enough free time to write well on interesting topics.

Even if I think I've managed to respect these constraints sometimes (and here I'm thinking about issue 4 for example), this balance was very difficult to achieve in most of the cases and I always felt reluctant to press the submit button.

Now that our community is getting bigger, every decision has to be made together. To this end, I'm launching a poll to get your feedback and opinion regarding this point. It is only 4 questions! A small gift is waiting for those who complete the survey 😉!


Thank you for you time and as always, have a great week!

PS: Outside of this survey, do not hesitate to reach me by email to share your remarks, propositions, or just to say hello. I would be more than happy to read you 😀.

🛰 Here is what you missed

👉 The last satellite in the Chinese Beidou constellation has arrived at its launch site to carry out tests and fill its tank. The launch is scheduled for May, bringing the number of satellites in the constellation to 55. [+]

👉The European company AXESS Networks has partnered with the Saudi operator Middle East Telecom in a joint venture to offer a broadband satellite communication solution for subscribers operating in Saudi Arabia. [+]

👉Following the placing into orbit of 34 OneWeb satellites at a stroke, the director of Roscosmos says their multi-satellite launcher Soyuz 2.1b is ready for group launches of satellites even in complex orbital configurations. [+]

👉Swedish broadband provider Forsway is partnering with the African terrestrial operator CSS to offer affordable high speed internet access in West Africa. [+]

👉Another success of SpaceX: the company has brought back to earth the results of several scientific experiments (mainly biological) via the first generation of their cargo vehicle Dragon. [+]

👉Australian IoT startup Myriota has raised $19 million to fund additional satellites and continue the development of its constellation of 25 low data rate satellites that aim to connect IoT terminals across the globe with real-time constraints. [+]

👉U.S. President Trump has signed an order to allow mining in space, particularly on the moon. Recall that the USA, along with the vast majority of countries in the world, signed the Space Treaty in 1967, which states, among other articles, that space is a common good and no one can appropriate it. This agreement was unilaterally broken through the "Space Act" in 2015 by the Obama administration. [+]

👉In spite of the many difficulties due to the pandemic, three astronauts joined the ISS for the first time aboard a Soyuz 2.1a rocket. They are two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut…Yes yes you read “cosmonaut” and “astronaut” right, despite my editorial of issue 3…I really need to launch this petition... [+]

👉A failed launch for the Chinese Long March 3B rocket. After a rather successful liftoff, a malfunction in the third stage of the rocket destroyed the Indonesian satellite built by the Chinese CGWIC. [+]

👉Omnispace, an American company that plans to deploy a satellite constellation for IoT applications operating with cellular standards, has chosen Thales Alenia Space for a first two cubesat prototyps. Details on the total number of satellites the company plans to deploy are not yet available. [+]

🍪 Cookie of the week

I was preparing a presentation for my students and at one point I needed data and graphs that would exhibit the behavior of the space market over time. I did a little research and came across a very well done site that I want to share with you. It's a consulting group that regularly publishes free reports with very nice graphs about the space industry. Very interesting and very well done! To consume without moderation here.

Here you are debriefed 👌. Rendezvous next week!

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