Spacenews: The space sector in general has proven resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Alexandre Najjar, Euroconsult senior consultant, said Aug. 12 during a Small Satellite Conference side panel.
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.
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.
SpaceNews: Establishing an international long-term sustainable lunar presence in partnership with the private sector remains the core focus in space exploration.
SpaceNews: Satellite builders booked more commercial orders in 2019 than the prior two years combined, but the industry remains in flux
SpaceNews: Reusability efforts and Starlink are two sides of the same coin
SpaceNews: The exponential growth of the global market for small satellites with a launch mass below 500 kilograms over the last decade is due in part to a small initial market size. The smallsat market experienced a 23% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2009 to 2018. Even greater expansion is expected between 2019 and 2024.
SpaceNews: The Earth observation sector continues to evolve at a fast pace. Over the last five years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested to support the development of new commercial ventures. Most these funds have gone into two camps: low-cost constellations — both optical and synthetic aperture radar — to support data collection at high frequency; and data analytics companies aiming to take this data and develop information solutions.
SpaceNews: WASHINGTON — Astranis, a startup designing small geostationary satellites for internet connectivity, has signed an Alaskan telecommunications provider as its first customer.
SpaceNews: As OneWeb strives to complete the financing of its satellite megaconstellation, the company has stopped affirming the cost targets envisioned when the program began.