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Inmarsat trials Orchestra maritime mesh for ship-to-ship connectivity

A trial has been using ships and land-based signal towers as nodes in a satellite-based maritime mesh network. The goal is to deliver additional capacity and relieve congestion for ship-to-shore and ship-to-ship connectivity. The initiative comes from Inmarsat for its Orchestra network, which brings together its geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) ...

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Euroconsult sizes $4.4bn Space Logistics market

Euroconsult, a Paris-based consultancy specialising in the space sector, has released its 2022 space logistics satellite market report, outlining the on-orbit services required to sustain a space ecosystem. It says such services, ranging from launches to satellites’ end of life, are expected to generate $4.4 billion in revenue by 2031, with the involvement of more ...

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Digi-key enables digital-wallet platforms

Digi-Key Electronics has announced it now supports the use of the Google Pay and Apple Pay digital wallets during its checkout process in most major markets. It already supports online payment by PayPal, and says it is now the first electronic component distributor to offer Google and Apple’s payment systems. “We’re proud to lead the ...

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Prestwick Spaceport launches educational campaign about space sector jobs

Prestwick Spaceport, along with affiliated aerospace businesses, is launching a campaign to educate young people across Scotland about careers in the UK’s space sector. The spaceport, which is located near Glasgow and is planning to start satellite launches in 2023, is being developed alongside Scotland’s largest aerospace cluster. It has secured multi-million-pound funding through an ...

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Digi-Key,TI to host Isolated USB Repeaters webinar

Digi-Key Electronics, along with Texas Instruments, is hosting a webinar about isolated USB repeaters, titled ‘Enhanced Protection with TI’s new Isolated Repeaters’. Taking place on Tuesday 24 May 24, at 11 a.m. (CDT), it will demonstrate how to improve both performance and protection in harsh environments with high-speed isolated USB repeaters. Specifically, how it’s possible ...

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Careful with that media library, Android 13

Google has announced the second Beta of its Android 13 mobile operating system. It says the release concentrates on “core themes of privacy and security” as well as developer productivity. For example, it’s added a new permission for sending notifications, a privacy-protecting photo picker (letting you select the exact photos or videos you want to share), ...

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Orbex unveils prototype of 3D-printed Prime space rocket for Space Hub Sutherland

Orbex – the UK-based private, low-cost orbital launch services specialist – has unveiled a first full-scale prototype of its Prime orbital space rocket, which uses 3D-printed engines. Specifically, the first integration of a full scale Orbex prototype launch vehicle on a launch pad is now complete. With headquarters and production facilities in Forres, North-East Scotland, ...

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Scotland looks to Astra for 2023 satellite launches

It was Spaceport Cornwall and Virgin Orbit that took the headlines yesterday for the UK’s first planned satellite launch this summer, but Shetland and Astra Space are also planning launches, expected to begin in 2023. Astra, the Californian space launch company, and the Shetland space centre, which is now named the SaxaVord UK Spaceport, are partnering ...

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PA Consulting celebrates annual Raspberry Pi school coding competition

The winners of the 2022 Raspberry Pi coding competition organised by PA Consulting have been announced, with schools across the UK having been challenged to solve problems using the the single-board computer. Now in its tenth year, “Saving the planet” via sustainability was the challenge, to be addressed by school children in different age groups. ...

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Spaceport Cornwall to host UK’s first satellite launch this summer

The UK Government has announced the first UK satellite launch, to take place this summer, with “Prometheus-2” taking off from Spaceport Cornwall, in Newquay. The Defence Procurement Minister, Jeremy Quin, has announced two Cubesats will be carried on Virgin Orbit’s Launcher One rocket (pictured), taking off horizontally from a modified Boeing 747 jet, named Cosmic ...

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