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  • Pricing of satellite Earth Observation (EO) data has been a puzzle for the industry for many years, which has time and again prevented data commoditization to markets beyond the government. The high CAPEX of building and launching large imaging satellites could only be justified with premium anchor tenant customers, which has mostly been the defense and intelligence community. However, small satellites are set to change this status quo by using COTS components to reduce build-to-launch…

  • Capping One’s Opex-tations

    Oct 26th, 2016 by Blaine Curcio   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The balancing act currently being undertaken by satellite operators and other industry players involves launching more capacity, entering new markets, migrating customers to different frequency bands, and in some instances doing all this while managing a pile of debt. While NSR has discussed previously the evolution of CAPEX and OPEX in this new market dynamic, our Satellite Operator Financial Analysis, 6th Edition covers this discussion in more depth.

    The first major takeaway from this…

  • “Space is hard,” is a common refrain from the aerospace industry after negative news, as if to differentiate aerospace business from any other business. But this false separation ignores the fundamentals that encourage success in any industry: a solid business plan, stable and reliable funding, innovative R&D, balanced supply and demand, quality control, delivery, good partners and client reputation. These success factors span industries, cultures, and sectors. Believing the aerospace…