Northern Sky Research

The Bottom Line

Author: Carolyn Belle (X)

  •  China and India have engaged in space activities since the mid-1900s, developing domestic satellite manufacturing and launch capabilities across a range of applications. Both have focused on national demand, with limited international commercial pursuits. Yet this dynamic is quickly changing. The two nations have heightened their scope of activities, leveraging space as a strategic tool and implementing broad objectives in the commercial market – impacting the global stage dominated up…

  • How Launch Rates Shape Markets

    Jun 06th, 2018 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Following the launch of the Gaofen 6 satellite last weekend, China matched – and three days later surpassed – its 2017 launch rate a mere 5 months into the year. If China achieves its planned cadence to exceed 40 launches in 2018, it would more than double last year’s total and quadruple the rate of a decade ago. Another player launching at a fast pace, SpaceX, is already more than halfway to its 2017 launch rate, the highest rate ever seen from a commercial player. To what extent do…

  • As the space industry looks towards a future built on diverse and resilient architectures, rapidly evolving demand, fast technology development, and multifaceted economic activity in-orbit and beyond, servicing spacecraft is a key capability to bring along for the ride. Applications envisioned have the potential to both ease historic pain points for satellite operators and open new possibilities to the space industry, delivering value at multiple places in the chain and making in-orbit…