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The Bottom Line

Author: Carolyn Belle (X)

  • As the space industry looks towards a future built on diverse and resilient architectures, rapidly evolving demand, fast technology development, and multifaceted economic activity in-orbit and beyond, servicing spacecraft is a key capability to bring along for the ride. Applications envisioned have the potential to both ease historic pain points for satellite operators and open new possibilities to the space industry, delivering value at multiple places in the chain and making in-orbit…

  • With Smallsats, Can 1 + 1 = 3?

    Mar 21st, 2018 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Attendance at last week’s SATELLITE 2018 in Washington, D.C. demonstrated the expansion of the traditionally GEO communications focused satellite industry to a more diverse collection of players and applications. Discussions of broadband connectivity, the potential of Big Data, and cost reduction involved established and emerging players alike, with smallsats entering the dialogue more than ever before. Given the challenges and opportunities facing the satellite industry today, can more…

  • Satellite servicing technologies have long been in development, only now coalescing into integrated systems ready to hit the market.  Just this year, life extension services have been contracted for three satellites, adding to two other deals already finalized. This process has been a combination of technology push from manufacturers and start-ups alongside indirect market pull as operators constantly seek ways to advance their bottom line. Given this dual push-pull dynamic in an…