News & Events

Benchmark In the News

May 18, 2021

Benchmark Space Systems and Starfish Space team up to advance orbital docking and refueling

May 18, 2021

Benchmark and Starfish Space team up to enable precision on-orbit services

May 18, 2021

Precision, On-Orbit Servicing Is The Focus of Starfish Space + Benchmark Space Systems Strategic Collaboration

February 23, 2021

Orbit Fab and Benchmark Space Systems to partner on in-space refueling technologies

February 9, 2021

10 Amazing Startups in Burlington Vermont 2021

January 6, 2021

A Conversation With Chris Carella

October 1, 2020

Powering The Smallsat Rideshare Boom

August 4, 2020

Benchmark to provide propulsion for Spaceflight’s Sherpa-NG

August 5, 2020

Benchmark Space Systems Integrating Tesseract Space IPs For Non-Toxic Propulsion Systems

July 28, 2020

Benchmark’s Smallsat Propulsion Workshop A Success

In early July, the Benchmark team produced a 2.5 hour workshop entitled “Propulsion Systems 101 Interactive Workshop – A guide to selecting the right propulsion technology for your Small Satellite mission.” In the firm’s opinion, this workshop was a great success. The company wanted to share some highlights and lessons learned for others wanting to build a learning experience for the community during COVID.

Industry News

April 16, 2020

Op-ed | The FCC’s space safety order: we all need to mitigate collision risk

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March 5, 2020

Op-ed | Proliferated LEO is risky but necessary

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January 29, 2020

Potential satellite collision shows need for active debris removal

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January 15, 2020

Orbital debris mitigation guidelines still useful, if complied with

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December 30, 2019

Iridium would pay to deorbit its 30 defunct satellites — for the right price

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December 19, 2019

SpaceX gets OK to re-space Starlink orbits

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December 17, 2019

Spending bill highlights ongoing debate on Commerce Department’s role in space traffic management

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December 9, 2019

U.S. government updates orbital debris mitigation guidelines

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October 31, 2019

Space Debris and Mt. Everest

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September 3, 2019

Can satellite megaconstellations be responsible users of space?

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Space-Comm Expo

July 7, 2021
July 8, 2021

The UK Space Agency is supporting a new commercially-focused event: an exhibition and conference set to drive growth across UK space sector.

Space-Comm Expo, taking place on 7 and 8 July 2021 at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, will present a showcase of technology, thought-leadership, debate and analysis, and business growth opportunities.

Hosted by Farnborough International and Hub Exhibitions, with support from the UK Space Agency, UK Space, ADS Group, KTN and other founding partners, Space-Comm Expo is an opportunity for industry, academia and government to meet with a dedicated focus on exploring the commercial future of space for business, defense and aerospace.

Graham Turnock, CEO of the UK Space Agency says: “The UK Space Agency is pleased to support the Space-Comm Expo. This platform will showcase the innovation, entrepreneurship and international collaboration that characterizes the UK’s commercial space sector. It’s a fantastic opportunity to come together after what has been a very challenging 2020 for everyone, and to look ahead to the UK’s future opportunities in space.”

Space-Comm Expo Overview

Five theatres situated on the exhibition floor will be the location for world-class content delivered in five very distinct formats. From C-suite keynote addresses through to a demo lab and dedicated product showcase theatre, this programme offers a comprehensive snapshot of the issues and challenges leading the space industry.

There is also a focus on the design, production and manufacture of small satellites and satellite applications, and a downstream theatre with sessions exploring applications such as satellite navigation, earth observation and satellite communications.

Business growth opportunities including:

- Meet the Buyer

- A dedicated Start-up Zone for businesses under three years old.

- Private roundtables for pre-arranged meetings to find synergies and identify opportunities that boost investment returns.

Gareth Rogers, CEO of Farnborough International says: “Through Space-Comm Expo we’re creating an opportunity for the highly innovative space industry to push commercial as well as technological boundaries.

“Space-Comm Expo is a new style of event for the industry reflecting its dynamic nature and ensuring maximum value for exhibitors and visitors. Shaped with input from a number of organisations including UKSA and ADS Group, this will be a targeted and strategic opportunity for different sectors of this vibrant and fast-growing industry to come together and move forward in a number of different ways, whether that’s knowledge sharing, innovation insight or business growth. ”

Rob Sherwood, Managing Director of Hub Exhibitions says: “Hub Exhibitions is committed to bringing business sectors together in environments that enable business opportunities and learning. Space-Comm Expo, with the full support of all the relevant associations and bodies will champion the thriving UK space sector at a pivotal time. Together with our partners at Farnborough International we are excited about this new and definitive event.”

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SmallSat 2021

August 7, 2021
August 12, 2021

Small satellites have been a key enabler for new space missions and proliferated architectures that are being developed in response to the driving demands of commercial markets and government equities. The scale and complexity of these missions push the limits of classical command and control, while requirements for increased knowledge product timeliness drive innovative approaches to data delivery.

To provide these operational capabilities with confidence, a host of new mission operations approaches, and integrated onboard autonomy are under development. They will enable information delivery and knowledge exchange without the historical delays associated with terrestrial relays, human-in-the-loop decision making, and ground-based processing. Instead, they will integrate new elements using AI/ML, secure mesh networking, and more sophisticated onboard processing to deliver knowledge products to users at the speed of light.

The 35th Annual Small Satellite Conference will explore the realm of the possible in new space mission operations and autonomy enablers that will drive the speed of information exchange.

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