There is no secret that ‘times are hard’. Today is especially hard for early-stage pre-revenue technology ventures. The satellite communications sector has seen LEO constellations come into and out of viability as funding runs out. It should therefore be no surprise that one of their other ‘key enabling technologies’ Flat Panel Antenna (FPA) ventures are.
Many satellite constellation developers are opting to build their own satellites. Over the last year, the number of constellations relying on in-house manufacturing jumped from 32 percent to 43 percent, Brad Grady, Northern Sky Research president and chief operating officer, said at the SmallSat Symposium. In many cases, firms decide to build their own satellites.
Non-GEO HTS is not going anywhere. Despite concerns over the business case, over a thousand Non-GEO HTS satellites have already been deployed by various players. Operators like OneWeb, SpaceX, Kuiper, and new, private ventures in China are the main drivers of a satellite market expecting over 24,000 assets to be launched by the end of.
We have liftoff! After many years spent developing its rocket, SpaceX launched its first GEO satellites and proved its upgraded Falcon 9 v1.1 with three launches within a few months. At the same time, other challengers such as United Launch Alliance are re-entering the commercial market. This is no surprise for incumbents such as Arianespace,.