Northern Sky Research

The Bottom Line

  • The business jet community’s annual ‘grand mass’ in Europe held in late May this year rumbled with positivism about the status of the industry going forward. ¬†Following many years of ups and downs, observers and stakeholders held the view that the industry was well on its way to a full recovery.¬† These good signs are headed the right way for satellite players too as they are intimately tied to the inflight connectivity providers’ good fortunes, who have shown an upbeat sentiment about…

  • LEO constellations, theoretically, benefit from economies of scale which, in simple terms, is the cost saving associated with the increased level of production. The advantages come in the form of discounts for bulk orders and higher production volume as a result of specialized resources - human and otherwise, to name a few. While the benefits from standardized production have been well substantiated, it is crucial to recognize the point where the variable costs start to outweigh the…

  • The Earth Observation (EO) market has been in constant evolution and recently, it has transitioned from costly, large EO satellites to smaller, more nimble ones flying as part of constellations. Using many small satellites is enabling real-time earth monitoring and observation, and with this, increasingly large amounts of data are being produced every day. Additionally, medium resolution imaging (1 m. to 5 m.) is abundant, and its price relatively low and declining.

    This combination of…