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Via Satellite: Following the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted the daily lives of billions of people in the past year, the world is in a critical moment in history with regards the development of the broadband ecosystem and accelerated efforts to bridge the digital divide. Access to broadband services is increasingly recognized as a driver of economic growth, as it contributes to a country’s education and political systems.
Via Satellite: The space segment has been undergoing a major transformation for a number of years now. Earth Observation (EO) is moving towards a constellation approach, populating new orbit inclinations and altitudes and diversifying sensors. Connectivity focused space systems are now invading Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) along with broadband constellations, and payloads in all orbits are offering more capacity and a higher flexibility.
SatMagazine: Mega-constellations, resilient to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to increasingly concentrate smallsat market shares. In fact, Euroconsult anticipates that about 13,910 satellites of less than 500 kg will be launched in the next ten years, according to the company’s latest smallsat analysis and report.
spacenews: Big Data is boosting Earth Observation demand, creating new applications and changing traditional business models. As a disruptive innovation, it keeps changing the way EO data is being used. Technologies are no longer the only driver of innovation; this is about how, with innovations being combined, the ecosystem is rapidly maturing — and so are the solutions.
SAR Journal: Over the past 5 years, disruptive constellation projects have emerged and completely changed the way SAR is being used, promoting access to new end-user communities, and opening up new applications. “Two key historical barriers have been overcome for SAR Imaging to break into the mainstream commercial market: the cost of data and processing complexity” said Alexis Conte, Editor of the Earth Observation Data and Services Market research report and Senior Consultant at Euroconsult.
Via Satellite: Government space budgets grew 10 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, demonstrating the highest yearly budget growth since 2009, according to Euroconsult’s Government Space Programs 2020 report, published in December 2020. Global government space budgets totaled $82.5 billion in 2020, and COVID-19 had no visible effect in 2020 as the pandemic occurred with budgets already in place. The 2000s were marked by rapid space budget growth before a flattening in 2010 as public finances came under pressure, due to the global financial crisis as well as defense budgets downcycling. Growth has resumed since 2015, and 2020 represented a historic high for government space budgets. But their sustainability post-COVID remains to be seen.
Orbit Congestion Encouraging the Growth of a Commercial SSA Market – By Charlotte Croison, Consultant, Euroconsult
SatMagazine: Space is no longer a void. Unprecedented quantities of new objects are launched every month in orbit which, when they collide or simply reach their end of life, become imminent dangers for the space assets of all countries and commercial companies. Threatening the future of space activities, this tragedy of the commons of a new kind is however likely to encourage the emergence of a commercial Space Situational Awareness (SSA) market.
Geospatial World: Commercial hyperspectral is entering the market with the first two low-cost satellite systems having already been deployed. The main challenge is the same as for optical multispectral or SAR constellations – to build cost-effective systems that can provide high-revisit data for building change detection analytics. More specifically for hyperspectral systems, the challenge lies in finding the sweet spot between spatial and spectral resolution, as well as the number of bands and the right spectrum bands to create new commercial applications.
Journal Le Guide: La compagnie INSARSAT basée à Dunham, et chapeautée par le Dr Guy Seguin, est l’une des huit compagnies sélectionnées par l’Agence spatiale canadienne a¬fin de trouver une solution sur un horizon de 15 ans (2026-2041) par rapport aux données d’observation de la Terre. Chacune des entreprises recevra un montant de 350000 $ pour développer des concepts et des idées concernant le futur de l’observation, après la fi¬n de la vie utile des satellites canadiens RADARSAT.
SpaceNews: It is no longer a surprise to industry observers that partial reusability, economies of scale and vertical integration have enabled SpaceX to achieve extremely low Falcon 9 launch costs, nor is it a surprise that SpaceX’s launch and satellite connectivity businesses are inherently linked, as the company takes advantage of its industry-low launch costs to orbit its own broadband constellation for a fraction of the competition’s launch capital expenditure.