“They’ve had a pretty successful year,” said Northern Sky Research senior analyst Shagun Sachdeva in an interview. She added the constellation launches are a “big plus” for Arianespace, and that so far the company has been capitalizing well on that segment.
Among geostationary or geosynchronous transfer (GTO) missions, which need to achieve a specific orbit of around 36,000 kilometers and are therefore better suited for direct comparisons, average launch costs are down about 20 percent from five years ago. Here again, the Falcon 9 leads the pack.
In regards to Commercial Spaceports, “It’s a little bit of a chicken-or-egg scenario,”. Many companies are looking for a launch site but haven’t yet developed a final product to launch, she said.