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SpaceNews: GEO smallsats emerging as a best-of-both-worlds approach

“Unless you have some really solid contracts up front, you have to build [backlog] from the ground up,” said Chris Baugh, president of the consulting firm Northern Sky Research. “It’s not like the old days where you flip the switch and 70 percent of your satellite is full.” GEO smallsats have come to the forefront. Small GEO operators are trying to pair the advantages of smallsats, such as their lower cost, faster build times and potentially shorter design life, with the consistent coverage geostationary orbit provides.