OneWeb announces a commercial aviation venture as it prepares for a new satellite launch

Space is no secret the most extensive field that the planet has ever ventured in so far. Why is that? Space experts realize new concepts on the field and innovative new technologies in the sector every day. Since the first space launch over five decades ago, we are still learning, and it seems impossible to exhaust all the facts regarding this sector. Besides, the main issues are the lack of reference material since, unlike details about this planet, space experts have no books to back up what they find out to explain the many tests. However, the sector is exciting and motivates people to look beyond what we can see.

Many companies have ventured into the industry include OneWeb. It is a satellite company founded a while back and is working on commercializing its services which will officially begin in October this year. Recently, the company announced more good news with a report about their moves to aviation networks.

OneWeb has robust backups, including the UK government and Indian Group Bharti Airtel, and has signed up an antenna specialist SatisFy to build a spacecraft terminal. This terminal will come in handy for the low-earth-orbit satellites and the geostationary orbit satellites. In a statement by OneWeb’s VP of mobility, Ben Griffin, we learn that the satellite company is confident in the latest venture it is going to undertake. He explained that the satellite firm is suitable for all aviation purposes, including regional, business, commercial, and government aviation use.

This announcement coincides with the Arianespace, a French Company’s preparations to launch 36 OneWeb satellites. The launch will occur in the early hours of European local time on March 25th, which marks four months after the last OneWeb launch. Arianespace will use the Soyuz rocket lifting off from a Russian space station, Vostochny Cosmodrome, and take these satellites into space. This launch will deliver the second satellite payload since OneWeb recovered from the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy incident.

If things go according to the development team’s plans, the company will have 146 operating satellites, around a quarter of the total satellites it needs. The executive chairman of the company, Sunil, stated that the company would commercially launch covering areas between the North Pole and 50 degrees North

SatisFy will create a flight connectivity terminal alongside Singapore Technology Engineering and work with geostationary and LEO satellites to commercialize the aviation market. Griffin explained that the new venture with SatisFy is a considerable step for OneWeb as they work on promoting onboard connectivity. The UK Space Agency and European Space Agency’s support represent their commitment to encourage innovative companies to make a remarkable difference in the space industry.


Volkswagen Group partners with BP Pulse to deploy ultra-fast EV chargers across Europe

German pioneer automaker Volkswagen Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging, Bp Pulse. The agreement will see Bp pulse, formerly Chargemaster, install charging facilities at their retail sites across the United Kingdom, Germany, and other parts of Europe.

The two companies have come together to accelerate the adoption of electrified mobility, and the deal is to be finalized a few months from now. The collaboration will expand the network of charging sites in Europe, providing convenient and high-quality electricity supply at various Bp pulse sites and Aral sites in Germany.

“Enabling the rapid expansion of electric vehicles is core to Bp’s plans to grow our convenience and mobility business and supports our net-zero ambition,” said Emma Delaney, Bp Pulse Vice president, Customer, and products.

“Partnering with Volkswagen Group, one of the great automotive companies, we intend to address a key concern for people considering buying an EV: range anxiety.

This collaboration will solve range anxiety, a major concern to users seeking to shift from diesel and petrol cars to battery-powered vehicles. The expanded network of EV chargers will deliver fast, reliable, and quality charging to ninety percent of consumers in the UK and Germany. BP pulse estimates that users will have access to high-quality charging when this project is done since most Bp sites are twenty minutes away from residential places.

“Together, we can provide drivers in the UK and Europe with the fast, reliable, and convenient charging solutions they need to feel more confident about making the switch. By deploying ultra-fast charging rapidly and at a large scale, we can establish a leading position and help accelerate the take-up of EVs,” added Delaney.

Ultra-fast charging points are crucial in the zero-carbon mission. A charger with an output of 150Kw can charge an EV in ten minutes if it has good battery technology. However, the time used to charge a battery entirely depends on several factors.

This deal will make BP pulse the official charging partner to VW. Bp merged with Chargemaster in 2018 to birth Bp Chargemaster, which was later rebranded to Bp pulse. The company’s ambitions include adding its charging points to 700,000 globally by the end of this decade.

“Ultra-fast charging is a key enabler for e-mobility and, therefore, the main pillar for Volkswagen’s transformation. Together with strong partners like Bp, we take this important matter into our hands and will build up to 18,000 new chargers in Europe,” said VW’s Board member and head of VW’s Components. The deployed chargers will serve not only VW’s customers but also other EV customers.


Nedbank has procured a $200 million loan to propel the establishment of renewables in South Africa

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has loaned $200 million to Nedbank, which will see the company develop and implement renewable energy projects in South Africa. The corporation did this to fulfill what the World Bank required it to do. The chief of sustainable finance solutions at Nedbank’s Corporate Investment Banking (CIB), Arvana Singh, stated that this amount would enable the company to complete the stagnant projects, expand its climate mitigation platform and develop the renewable energy infrastructure to facilitate the transition of the country to green energy. The highlight came a week after Gwede Mantashe, the minister of mineral resources and energy, launched the bidding campaign for the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. This program will secure an additional 2600MW of renewable energy from various power suppliers.

The minister added that the project would unveil the strategy that will pump R45 billion into the South African economy as an investment in clean energy. Singh emphasized that the deal between Nedbank CIB and the IFC is a loan contract and a representation of the World Bank, offering an alternative path for the country’s progress. The projects will facilitate the minimization of greenhouse gas emissions, create employment opportunities for the renewable energy sector and help in the actualization of some Sustainable Development Goals. Last year witnessed the company sends its R2 billion to trade on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) to facilitate renewable energy investment in South Africa.

Nedbank stated that this financial instrument is the first to be deployed in the JSE and will be categorized under the Green Bonds segment. The company added that the entity was established with the help of the African Development Bank. Experts analyzed the loan and stated that it could be the key to unleash a robust, sustainable climate finance market in the country to meet the goal of reducing carbon emissions to zero. The South African government hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent before 2026, which implies that it would be pressing towards the elimination of fossil-fuel dependency. The country is working towards an economy that is sustained by renewable energy sources or other emission-free energy sources.

Singh added that the IFC loan could help innovators establish advanced technology that relies on clean energy. One of the requirements for this to be effective is developing smart appliances since they are ideal for this situation. The country can copy Europe and roll out electric vehicles in commercial quantities to reduce the tonnes of emissions that come from the transportation sector.


Here’s how Delhi plans to go about the transition to electric vehicles

Last year witnessed a new quest by Delhi in its desire to minimize the emissions coming from the transportation sector. The city came up with the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy, whose purpose is to ensure that a quarter of the new vehicles being registered in the next four years would be battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal explained that this is the most appropriate way to ensure they sequester the level of emissions that enter the atmosphere through Delhi. Moreover, the plan would require electric vehicle charging stations for the smooth transition to these emission-free models. The city’s power chief Satyendra Jain stated that the government is focusing on installing not less than 500 electric vehicle charging points in over 100 locations. Additionally, the electric vehicle chargers would be installed in about 20% of the parking spaces.

Phase 1 will be involving the development of 100 electric vehicle charging bays and battery swapping stations. Each of the stations will have enough space for five vehicles simultaneously charging, especially in the land managed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Furthermore, the stations will be located 3km apart to ensure that even the cars with the lowest mileage range are adequately served.

The agency charged with running this program is the Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) that has opened up about receiving bids from private entities to develop the project. These regulations also apply to the private charging points to ensure that they tackle this solution from both sides. Several locations have also been targeted for the municipal corporations to fit in this mix.

The DDC vice-chairperson, Jasmine Shah, stated that this project’s tender would be ready for delivery by April. The party involved will develop the charging stations and start receiving the amount to cater to the costs incurred by offering customers services. Companies that would likely win the tenders are those that will be offering the service at affordable rates. Shah added that over 60 companies had demonstrated interest in this project. The tender requires those who procure them to deliver, develop, initiate and maintain their Electrical Vehicle Charging Station and the other activities.

Additionally, the Delhi government will be supplying electrical infrastructure and ensuring that the bays are integrated with the electricity grid. It will offer cash for the development of slow charging points in private charging stations. Hopefully, these and more strategies can keep the sector alive and running through the decade to support electric vehicles’ switch.


Kellogg ramps up its efforts to attain a 100 percent target in renewable energy

Kellogg firm has decided to transition its renewable electricity to 100 percent across all its production regions worldwide. The giant in breakfast cereal has contracted a long-term wind power virtual power purchase agreement (VPPA) with Enel Green Power in North America. The deal would be able to help the production of 360-gigawatt hours of wind electricity in a year. The figure is the same as 50 percent of energy capacity used across Kellogg’s North America production facilities. The model is also the same amount of electricity used to generate power for over 43,000 homesteads annually.

Since Enel has the back of Kellogg’s VVPA, it would be able to commence its construction f a wind company in north-central Texas that would generate120 MW of battery energy. Enel’s power would make it become the world’s most extensive storage amenities in the world. The regions would receive extra energy resources from the Azure Sky wind factory, and the exercises anticipated to commence next year.

The estimated portion of renewable electricity produced by Kellogg is approximately 250,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually. The figure is the same as the carbon reduction of about 55,000 passenger vehicles off the road in a year. The strategy is part of Better Day’s commitment to helping the firm reduce Scope 1 and 2 gas emissions from greenhouse at a rate of 65 percent to 100 percent before 2050. By the time 20050 is here, renewable energy must have a full embrace across all sectors in the world. Kellogg uses GHG Protocol to estimate greenhouse gases produced and to measure renewable electricity used.

Amy Senter, chief sustainability officer, stated that Kellogg has put in more efforts to reduce carbon dioxide gas production across their esteemed series. It has achieved this in the last ten years. The recent VPPA further illustrates to investors, shareholders, and heir esteemed consumers that actions are in place to handle crisis purging the climate.

Kellogg has quite a lot of renewable energy projects ready to kick-start around the world. They include;

  • It has amenities across Western Europe whereby Kellogg has acquired 10 percent renewable electricity to address its work by purchasing Renewable Energy certifications (RECs).
  • It has its operations in Australia, where it has achieved 100 percent renewable electricity under its long-term Power Purchase Agreement.
  • It has its amenities in North America, where it purchased Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for some facilities and offices in few nations.
  • Kellogg also has an office in Kashi, Solana, California, where it utilizes on-site solar panels for electricity consumption segments.

US mobile payload company called Globalstar intends to develop an Earth station in SW Estonia

The United States mobile satellite company called Globalstar is preparing to roll out an earth station in southwestern Estonia. The Saarde municipality newspaper, Parnu Postimees, stated this in one of their weekly publishes. Globalstar is waiting for the municipality to approve the project by issuing a construction permit in the meeting coming up next week. Globalstar is a trader on the New York stock exchange operating some low-Earth orbit satellites.

The company provides communications services to its clients with the help of these satellites. The request for a construction permit was handled by an Estonian construction company called AS Merko Ehitus earlier last month. The company has the responsibility of ensuring that the mobile satellite communications earth station is ready for operations. The preliminary design for the project, which will facilitate the construction permit’s acquisition, has reached its conclusion stage after Globalstar’s subsidiary Globalstar Europe SAS is working on it.

Globalstar procured the 2.3-hectare land where this earth station will be developed through the municipality and is hopeful of acquiring the construction permit in a similar manner. Mayor Andres Annast of this municipality explained that the company had submitted several copies of the proposal to the Estonian estate institutions.

These institutions will send their comments to the municipal offices for inclusion in the construction permit procession. This project will help develop one of the over 20 connection sites for satellites around the Earth. This move ensures that the mobile satellite traffic in Europe is reduced. The Globalstar satellite communications are helpful by the government and public entities in special industries like healthcare and the military. The satellites can help improve the maritime portfolio, construction activities, and agricultural operations in the public spectacle.

The Saarde municipality revealed that the earth station would be composed of the control building and three dome antennas with a circumferential diameter of eight meters and suspended on artificial structures. A minimum of two technicians will be observing the data streaming in at the control station.

The engineers managed to eliminate the exposure of the antennas to earthly influences through the dome shape and focusing the radio emissions directly overhead at the satellite orbital path in space. Additionally, a 10 degrees allowance for the satellites ensures that they only monitor the signals from the satellite and can differentiate from those of the cosmic influences. Finally, the development of the earth station will attract more clients to take up the services that Globalstar is offering.


ISRO creates radar for the US-India satellite mission partnership and recently shipped to NASA

Different space companies are achieving milestones every day and making the future of the space industry interesting. The Indian Space Research Organization recently shipped the S-band radar to the NASA headquarters. This invention is a collaborative venture between ISRO and NASA, where India produces an S-band while NASA develops the L-band for the NISAR Mission (Nasa-Isro Synthetic Aperture Radar). The NISAR satellite comprises two dual-frequency bands whose main goal is to observe the planet’s landscape and other global features, maintaining a high resolution.

In NASA’s official statement, the agency explained that the NISAR mission would capture the planet’s ever-changing ecosystems, ice masses, and dynamic surfaces, giving information about natural disasters and rising sea levels and hosts many applications. This mission involves two well-connected frequency bands, the L-band and the S-band, where the radar will map the earth surface less than a centimetre with a 12-days regular when ascending and descending.

Recently, ISRO sent the radar to NASA headquarters to allow their development team to integrate the L-band. The process is complex, and it will take NASA months to complete, while ISRO expects the complete version by April next year. ISRO will take several measures, including testing, to ensure that the satellite is function before sending it into space.

The NISAR satellite is the world’s most expensive satellite currently existing, with an investment of over 5000 rupees crore. Good things come to people who invest more, and this satellite deserves all the praise. It will work on improving different sectors helping customers find solutions to existing problems.

This partnership dates back to 2014, September 30th, in Canada, between a NASA administrator and then chairman of ISRO. The NISAR satellite is scheduled to launch by the end of 2022 from the ISRO Sriharikota spaceport. This launch centre is in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore District, located 100km north of Chennai. Unlike other earth observation satellite, NISAR will use advanced radar imaging to detect and determine the planet most complex processes.

NASA explained that this mission would help people manage natural resources better and avoid disasters. Also, scientists will get reliable and accurate data to work with and understand some of the earth’s complex processes. Another major sector that this satellite will assist is climate change. It will learn different ecosystems trends and will have an impact on climate change. The data will come in handy in the coming years as the world works on transiting clean energy. With the data, experts can learn of the areas to prioritise and if the changes they implement are functional or a failure. The ISRO-NASA partnership is something all are looking up to hoping for innovations and a brighter future.

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Fleets of radar satellites monitoring movements on earth better

Having the ability to watch all the happenings of the planet via space is no secret a blessing. East Africa is popularly known as the cradle of humanity, but even this geologically active region has some volcanoes rising. For years, few of them were under close monitoring for warnings of a potential eruption. Still, experts were confident that they were dormant until Juliet Biggs took a closer look at the situation.

Juliet Biggs is a popular geophysicist from the University of Bristol who uses the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar technique to detect Earth surface movements. Together with her team, she took a series of studies to analyze East African volcanoes from satellite data. Her report indicates that fourteen of these volcanoes have been shrinking or growing for the last five years. This fact proves that there is either magma or water flowing to the underground, and the volcanoes are not entirely dormant.

Biggs stated that the data has changed how experts view these volcanoes from something sleeping to something active. One of the Corbetti volcano volcanoes in Ethiopia, where the country has placed this volcano in its geological hazard monitoring network. The InSAR technique is the only tech that can notice such minor movements, and Juliet talked of how people are ignorant and claim the ground is a solid platform, but it is not steady.

With this technology, scientists can look out for any movements on the earth’s surface. Paul Rosen, an InSAR NASA pioneer, talked of his experience, claiming that something new will pop-up every time you look on earth. The earth’s monitoring from space is currently outstanding, with many commercial satellites from different countries recording data. Besides, there are more satellites set to launch this year.

InSAR is a powerful technology that is spreading all over the world. InSAR data helps experts monitor the small things happening on earth from space, and many believe this tech will underpin our lives. This technology depends on SAR, which originated as a tool for the military. Its vital mission was to capture data of the planet and could penetrate the cloud. Also, it works perfectly during the day and night. Later, the InSAR was born with the ability to detect any motion on the earth’s surface, and its history dates back over thirty years ago.

Different research teams and experts took in the technology to keep track of the happenings of the planet. In 2019, this technology came in handy during the Bahamas flooding damage. From the current space calendar, it is clear that many countries are working towards the same goal, to launch more satellites into the earth’s orbit. Most of the aim behind the launches is for close monitoring of the planet.


Space satellites provide photos of deadly eruptions from Mount Etna

Earth-orbiting satellites have provided images of Mount Etna spewing lava across Sicily. The incident has been taking place for weeks. Etna is an active volcano mountain in the whole of Europe, and its exposure to eruption started in 2011. the recent series of eruptions began on February 16, 2021. On that date, a volcano was seen erupting, again another series took place after two days, and the last one on February 23, 2021. Fountains of lava could be seen shooting high into the sky, reaching a height of 0.7 kilometers higher than the previous one. Later in the month, the lava shot as high as 1.5 kilometers.

According to the statement released by Marco Neri, an Italian-based volcanologist stated that the recent volcanoes were recorded to be among the most dangerous in the Southeast Crater’s young history. Marco Neri works with Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

Earth-observing satellites were close to observe the smoke, lava, and ash coming out of the volcano. On February 18, NASA-US Geological Survey Landsat 8 satellite took a natural picture of the volcano. In the picture, it appeared overlapped with infrared data to spot lava; however, the spots showed how lava had broken through. Besides, on the same date, the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-2, which consists of two satellites, took a view of the volcano. The satellite snapped a picture showing bright orange and red lava coming out of the mountain.

On February 23, Mount Etna was seen erupting again. NOAA-20 Satellite that belongs to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produced the image. NOAA-20 satellite used the VIIRS (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer) gadget to provide a distinct image of plumes erupting from the volcano. Five days later, Landsat 8 satellite snapped a nigh image on the mountain to depict the lava’s heat signature. The satellite uses a shortwave of infrared bands to facilitate the distinct view of the lava.

On February 25, Landsat 8 satellite took a view of the volcano during the night. The satellite revealed that the lava down below at the base of the mountain contained heat emanating from it.  Those eruptions did not cause a major alarm to the surrounding environments. The Ash that came out of the mountain blocked the Catania Airport and was deposited across Sicily. The only problem here was that the residents had to take care of themselves from the falling ash and rocks.


AEP and other utilities are planning a recharging network for the electric vehicles

In a scheme that stretches from Tidewater Virginia as well as northern Ohio to west Texas, American Electric Power as well as five other electric utilities intend to develop a network of fast charging points for electric vehicles. It is part of their strategy to encourage the usage of the electric vehicles by increasing the number of charging points in their service areas.

As per a statement issued last week, the Electric Highway Coalition, which includes AEP, Entergy Corporation, Dominion Energy, Duke Energy, Southern Co., as well as the Tennessee Valley Authority, will enable EV drivers to travel seamlessly across the area. According to the press release, Edison Electric Institute predicts that by the year 2030, 18 million electric vehicles will be on American roads. GM revealed earlier this year that by 2035, it would only produce battery-powered cars. Volvo revealed on Tuesday that by the year 2030, it would only produce electric vehicles.

Via an AEP report, many EV owners are worried about the accessibility of charging points during the long road trips, so that the Electric Highway Coalition is an attempt to help them schedule those trips. As the coalition members work to decide final charging point locations, sites alongside major highway routes with convenient highway access and facilities for travelers are now being considered. DC quick chargers will be available at charging stations, allowing drivers to get back on road in about 20-30 minutes. AEP spokesman Scott Blake stated in an email to The Herald-Dispatch that the coalition’s rollout of charging points is still in the implementation and planning phases, so there is no set date for when they will be installed.

Other utilities are being invited to join the alliance in order to expand the network’s scope. The network, as per a map attached to the publication, only covers a small portion of Kentucky. It also excludes northern West Virginia, which is served by FirstEnergy for electricity. “Travelers have had to find out how to move from point A to the point B throughout history. “Whether it’s feeding and watering animals, filling gas tanks, or even now recharging batteries, having convenient places to do these things is crucial,” stated Nicholas K. Akins, chairperson, president, as well as chief executive officer of the AEP. “Through this initiative, we want to show drivers that EVs are a good match for their lifestyle as well as travel plans, no matter where the path takes them.”

By 2030, AEP plans to replace 2,300 cars as well as light-duty trucks with electric vehicles. As more hybrid and electric vehicles become affordable, more medium, as well as heavy-duty vehicles, will be converted. AEP is also collaborating with a small number of customers around its service territories to help them understand the advantages of electrifying their fleets or even business processes.