Jose del Rosario, research director of satellite and space consultancy firm Northern Sky Research, said during a briefing on Wednesday that satellites could bridge the digital divide since they could reach far-flung areas where current infrastructures could not. “What the pandemic has done is that it enabled us to reach a level of usage that.
The most predominant satellite manufacturing issue remains a shortage of semiconductors, says Northern Sky Research consultant Dallas Kasaboski, amid high demand from crypto and other markets outside of space. Pandemic-related supply restraints have also seen “launches delayed due to a lack of liquid oxygen, personnel, or other necessities,” he added.
Northern Sky Research (NSR) in its latest analysis of capacity pricing, says that several markets are approaching price stabilisation across regions – if only temporarily. [NSR explained] that the industry’s Mobility applications (namely maritime and aero) that were the “star” performers driving pre-pandemic revenue growth for operators became the ones most adversely impacted by the pandemic.
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.