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Author: Carolyn Belle (X)

  • For the last three years, satellite manufacturers have struggled to win orders and generate revenue in a down market. Headwinds that emerged in 2015 – launch access, financing availability, insecurity about demand evolution, and the threat of non-GEO systems – have endured and intensified during 2016 and 2017, with few operators finalizing new orders despite high RFP activity. While satellite orders are expected to increase, the evolving shape of demand precludes a return to the ~25…

  • China: Worry or Wait-and-See?

    May 31st, 2017 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    With 18% of the world’s population and the second largest economy, China is a major player in most global markets for consumption and production – and China’s recently formalized Belt and Road Initiative is already impacting satellite operators both global and local. China is looking to extend this growing economic influence further up the value chain, to a broader role in satellite manufacturing activities globally. Do satellite prime manufacturers need to worry about a more ambitious…

  • Heightened security concerns, global economic engagement, and Big Data popularity drive requirements for information on unfolding events and human activities worldwide. Maritime-, land-, and space-based sensors are proliferating to address this rising demand, with both Earth Observation and Situational Awareness orbiting platforms contributing a piece of the data puzzle. While often dwarfed in conversations by today’s more robust Earth Observation market, Situational Awareness (SA)…