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November 7th, 2020
Roughly 80% of marine and coastal pollution originates on land – including agricultural run-off, pesticides, plastics and untreated sewage (reference). However, throughout the world, inland waterways and coastal regions are largely unmonitored and under-characterised. The dynamic nature and complexity of inland and coastal environments provide a challenge for satellite remote-sensing, while airborne missions are generally […]
Despite a proliferation in spaceborne assets, large knowledge gaps remain due to our inability to adequately monitor critical dynamic processes at relevant spatiotemporal scales and at sufficient quality. The large area/long term persistent monitoring capability of a HAP (High Altitude Platform) coupled with state-of-the-art remote-sensing has the potential to transcend that gap enabling new science […]
November 6th, 2020
Marçal Sanmartí has written a well-researched review of New Zealand’s space industry for The Space Review. Entitled “Is the New Zealand commercial space success story a model for other countries?“, it’s well worth a read. Rocket Lab’s ELaNa19 Liftoff Photo credit: Trevor Mahlmann
October 24th, 2020
High Altitude Testing Real tests are the bread and butter of aerospace engineering. There are many things that cannot be simulated or tested in a limited lab environment. Unfortunately, some aerospace regulations can make certain flight tests extremely complicated until a robust risk mitigation process has been worked through. The area of testing unmanned aircraft […]