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  • Satellite servicing technologies have long been in development, only now coalescing into integrated systems ready to hit the market. ┬áJust this year, life extension services have been contracted for three satellites, adding to two other deals already finalized. This process has been a combination of technology push from manufacturers and start-ups alongside indirect market pull as operators constantly seek ways to advance their bottom line. Given this dual push-pull dynamic in an…

  • Consumer Broadband has been one of the biggest success stories for the satellite industry. Millions of subscribers have signed-up in North America, which paradoxically faces one of the strongest competition from ground alternatives. With multiple actors now looking to replicate the model internationally, including areas with lower disposable incomes, will the growth story continue?

    With the arrival of HTS, satellite has found a new niche to serve in Consumer Broadband. After the success…

  • Are Smallsats Delivering?

    Feb 5th, 2018 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Ever since Skybox Imaging and then Planet Labs hit the news headlines, smallsats have been lauded as the future of the space industry, portrayed in the mainstream media as enabling novel applications, making space accessible, and delivering a new paradigm. Perception within the industry has been more mixed, but commercial and government players alike broadly anticipated a net-positive impact from smallsats. A little over 5 years into the smallsat hype, we must ask: is the smallsat market…