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09 April 2021

DISCOVERER Symposium – Speakers selected


We are pleased to announce the speakers have been selected for our first International Symposium on Very Low Earth Orbit Missions and Technologies, to be held in Manchester, UK, 28-29 June 2021. The full programme will be made available in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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01 April 2021

Canvas business models for the most promising system concepts


Daniel Garcia-Almiñana and colleagues concluded an important step in Work Package 5 and published the report of ‘Canvas business models for the most promising system concepts’ of DISCOVERER.

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02 March 2021

The Benefits and Challenges of VLEO – new Masterclass video online

In this new Masterclass, Dr. Nick Crisp from the University of Manchester summarises the challenges and opportunities of designing satellites for and flying them in very low Earth orbit (VLEO). A similar lecture was held by the project’s scientific coordinator,  Dr. Peter Roberts, at the beginning of the project in 2017 (https://youtu.be/_TeeG0jgG30), so it is of particular interest to watch this new Masterclass in light of the huge steps forward that the DISCOVERER team has made since then.

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