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  • O3b Turning a Corner

    Jun 24th, 2015 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    A lot can change in a year, and for O3b, early success in 2015 may wipe away memories of challenges faced in 2014.   In 2014, O3b faced technical hurdles leading to service provisioning delays, which also led to a more conservative business outlook for the company. In 2015, however, the company has announced a host of deals that could indicate O3b may be turning a corner.

    Progress has been so positive that SES, an investor in O3b, recently stated they may take a majority stake in O3b…

  • Sunday’s Falcon 9 complete failure during a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) was a first for the vehicle, and the industry’s third in 2015. Valuable ISS supplies and scientific experiments were lost during the mission, but this event’s more lasting repercussions affect widespread stakeholders. 15 commercial and 3 government satellites are manifested for a Falcon 9 launch in 2015, but it is unlikely more than one additional mission will be completed before…

  • In the coming years, a key challenge for maritime service providers will be to turn the “volume markets” (by number of vessels) of merchant shipping or commercial fishing into valuable market segments on a per-vessel basis.  Scale obviously rules in these segments now in terms of revenue generation, with more boats equaling more revenues – but, are the tides turning and how quickly can we expect to see the seas change?

    According to NSR’s Maritime Satcom Markets, 3rd Edition 7 out of 10…