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  • The Keys to SmallSat Launchers

    Nov 15th, 2016 by Laura Forczyk   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Emerging commercial small satellite (smallsat) launch vehicles are full of promise, but reliability is key in the government sector. - Government customers prefer reliable government or traditionally government-oriented contractor launch service providers despite potential cost savings using unproven emerging commercial launchers. For many government or government-oriented smallsat launch service providers, governments are their only customers. Without government customers, many of these…

  • The rapid pace of change in the satellite industry has consistently pushed operators to pivot their business models, be it via declines in capacity pricing, more competition, and more recent growth markets such as aeronautical and maritime. As the industry and end-users struggle with arguments such as Ku- vs. Ka-band or GEO-HTS vs. LEO-HTS, an important and often neglected part of the success equation is the ground segment technology.

    NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment report took…

  • Grounding Smallsat Expansion

    Nov 9th, 2016 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Suitable launch access has long been a concern for smallsat operators, a challenge intensified since 2014 due to a series of launch failures and delayed manifests. India’s announcement last month of an 83-satellite PSLV launch planned for early 2017, its largest yet, highlighted once again the growing demand for a route to orbit. Despite efforts at facilitating higher volume launch opportunities, the market-wide launch bottleneck will not be alleviated in the near term – obstructing…