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2017 – Space Insurance

Satellite and launch insurance allows the private sector to manage some of the risk involved in launching and operating satellites, including launch anomalies and damage caused by space weather, debris,…

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2017 – Satellite Manufacturing

Among the 443 spacecraft launched in 2017, there were 267 commercial payloads, constituting 60.3% of the total. This was more than triple the number of commercial payloads launched in 2016.[efn_note]Space…

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Carbon Capture for Fuel Creation

Inhabitants on the International Space Station (ISS) have long relied on technology to keep them breathing safely. Each human aboard the ISS exhales an average of 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds)…

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Keeping Flakes Away from the Oscar

NASA uses gold-plating to protect satellite components and sensors from heat absorption. Gold’s reflectance and inertness make it an ideal way to block... NASA uses gold-plating to protect satellite components…

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The Power of Fiber

The blades of wind turbines require regular inspections and maintenance. One technology developed for satellite bus temperature sensing is being used to help with both tasks by monitoring the shape…

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Hearts in Space

Determining heart rate variability (HRV) during the daily life of an astronaut in orbit was the inspiration for commercial products, such as theJoysys’ ChronoCord. In 1991, an Austrian astronaut wore…

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Making True Colors Shine Through

A type of light emitting diode (LED) designed for managing astronauts’ sleep cycles on the International Space Station (ISS) is making its way to Earth. The ISS LEDs have three…

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2017 – Launch Industry

In 2017, there were 91 launch attempts, 85 of which were successful. Launches procured by commercial satellite operators accounted for 26 of the attempts, and 25 of the successes –making…

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