“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.
NSR Senior Analyst Shagun Sachdeva commented: ‘Salvage’ is a highly opportunistic market with different mission possibilities, and therefore the biggest challenge is to have immediate availability of a servicer.
The “Total loss” of a satellite like Intelsat 29e, just 3 years into its 15-year life, has 2 significant implications: the sunk cost of the satellite, in addition to over 12 years of potential revenues and 6,552 kg of uncooperative debris roaming uncontrolled in geostationary orbit.
While the overall growth of the smallsat market is beneficial for the space economy as it is helping lower the barriers to entry and create new revenue streams in the (relatively) near term, the impact of this growth on the space ecosystem in the long term is less often discussed.
NSR’s In-Orbit Servicing Markets, 2nd Edition (IoSM2) report, released today, forecasts $4.5 billion in cumulative revenues from In-Orbit Satellite Services by 2028.