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  • Buzzwords such as New Space, Space 2.0, Emerging Space, applied to new, nimble, innovative, and atypical activities, encompass companies grouped together due to their approach. Fueled by the Silicon Valley-mindset and PR, the distinctions between these players and their investment can be a challenge to identify. Yet it is within these distinctions that lay the trends, directions, and ultimately the opportunities of emerging space activities.

    NSR’s The Emerging Space Market Opportunity

  • Planet’s Dove: Agile or Fragile?

    Sep 25th, 2017 by Siddharth Shihora   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The rise of Space 2.0 is embodied by the large-scale use of nanosatellite constellations, packaged in an agile aerospace model to challenge the traditional practice of developing large satellites. At the heart of this model lays the principle of learning and developing satellites, “On-The-Job”.  With Planet recently launching 48 Doves on the Soyuz rocket, the question is whether Planet’s Dove constellation is agile or fragile?

    Planet and many others are leveraging manufacturing agility…

  • A European Defence System in Space

    Sep 21st, 2017 by Alyssa Frayling   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The political landscape surrounding the European Union and ever-closer militarization amongst its Member States is a complex and divisive topic. However, public opinion has shifted more favourably towards the idea of sharing some of the burden, especially for those countries that may be too small to invest in programs such as their own military satellite. The European Commission (EC) has therefore taken the opportunity to push forwards its concept of a shared government satellite…