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  • “Anything you can do I can do better, I can do anything better than you”  is the new refrain – or at least the sentiment behind it – in the sphere of military satellite communications. The back and forth between proponents of Milsat and Comsat has come to a head in the last months, starting with the release of the U.S. DOD’s “Satellite Communications Strategy Report”, followed by industry leaders’ responses at a DC roundtable, and finally during Global Milsatcom 2014 in London last…

  • NSR’s most recent research on the Earth Observation (EO) market confirmed the importance of government funding for both the supply and the demand side of the business.  In its Global Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 3rd Edition report, NSR found that 69% of commercial EO satellite operators’ revenues came from government and military users with close to half of these from North America and Europe. As those two regions are now crippled by debt restructuring, lower financial ratings and…

  • Clouds above Two Launch Pads

    Sep 6th, 2011 by NSR

    In NSR’s recently released Global Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Markets (GSMLM) report, a possible GEO Launcher over-supply, and thus the return to strong competition, was mentioned as a possibility in the launch market. However, recent developments from ILS/Krunichev and SpaceX may end up limiting the supply and the corresponding competition.

    Krunichev, the Proton manufacturer, recently invested heavily into its Proton manufacturing chain. It acquired several companies in the…