It is fair to say 2020 has been widely chaotic, and that is no different for the space launch industry. The industry is facing a pandemic that affects the global aerospace workforce, a spiral of launch delays and supply chain issues, and a string of launch failures from established and new launch providers alike
[NSR] told SpaceNews that the “Chinese Kuaizhou-11 coming online is an addition to China’s launch sector development of competitive domestic launch capabilities and service offerings to its burgeoning “commercial” space industry”.
In “NSR Sees Hundreds of $Billions for Satellite Manufacturing and Launch Markets”- “Launch service providers and 3rd party service providers are responding to these demands with unique, more comprehensive and customized services,”..
In “SpaceX Launch Into Space Boosts Observation Satellites to 600”- BlackSky offers images and monitoring from space for industries that include defense, energy, construction and research. “When it comes to Earth observation from satellites, there is more demand today than ever for higher resolution imaging,”. The launch will boost BlackSky’s network in space to six.
The SpaceX ride-share program is filling a need for more launch availability. “Starlink ride-share launches seem to be a strategic move to get more revenue streams coming in, since SpaceX isn’t making money from Starlink yet,”.