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Author: Siddharth Shihora (X)

  • HAPs and Mishaps

    Apr 10th, 2018 by Siddharth Shihora   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Some of the best characteristics from airborne and satellite systems can be implemented into HAPs to provide a range of apps, but mishaps remain a challenge that operators and manufacturers need to overcome. Google Loon, Worldview Enterprises, and Raven Aerostar are the three most prominent names in the High-Altitude Balloons market, and they have demonstrated effectiveness of balloons across communications, remote-sensing, and adventure tourism applications. Google Loon succeeded in…

  • 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…