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Archive: October 2015 (X)

  • The past 18 months have brought forth some of the most sweeping changes the satellite telecom industry has ever seen. Known for years as an insulated industry that grew at GDP-like growth rates, we have recently seen completely new words and concepts enter our lexicon and consciousness—unicorns, LEO-HTS constellations, rounds of funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars despite no proven revenue generation whatsoever. This has led to whispers of pricing pressures, increased…

  • Listen to anyone involved in United States Defense Doctrine talk for long enough, and eventually the “Pivot to Asia” will come up in conversation.  Once the talk of instability in the Middle-East, recent actions in Eastern Europe, or other hot-spots or trouble-zones subside, an over-arching theme is a steady refocus of U.S. attention into Asia-Pacific.  For the satellite industry, this ‘pivot to Asia’ is only one of a few major ‘what-if’ scenarios possible in the Government and…

  • Small satellite constellations have become a hot topic (again) in the past two to three years, and the top question on the minds of many is: Why now? In keeping with its practice of analyzing markets to help the industry stay ahead of the curve, NSR analysts have been polled to answer some of the most pressing questions asked at the recent Hosted Payloads/Small Satellite Summit in an installment of “Ask the NSR Analyst”.

    The investments flowing into LEO constellations today are in the…