The Butterfly Effect Of Starlink’s IPO

SpaceX has now launched 242 of the 42,000 total satellites planned for the Starlink constellation, according to their latest filing and it is the largest commercial satellite constellation operating in history, despite having a mere 0.6% of the total in orbit. As…

Smallsats: A Punctuation in Evolution

Stephen Jay Gould’s concept of punctuated equilibrium – a theory in evolution, suggests a long period of stasis is punctuated by more rapid and defining change that disrupts the equilibrium. When applied to the satellite industry, the introduction of small…

SALVAGING FUTURE INTELSAT 29E’S

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…

The Unintended Consequences of Smallsats

“Cumulative smallsat market value to reach $37 billion by 2027” according to NSR’s Small Satellite Markets 5th Edition report. As significant as this statistic is, the more consequential one is that there will be 6,500 small satellites in orbit by 2027. While the…

Smallsat Growth on Shaky Foundations

The advent of small satellites and the enabling satellite miniaturization technologies have opened up abundant opportunities in the space industry. From technology development and in-orbit demonstration missions to mega satellite constellations, it has brought a palpable change in the space…

Can OneWeb Cross the Valley of Death?

OneWeb, with its FCC filing approval in 2017, re-introduced the concept of offering global, affordable, high speed Internet with a bigger – and in some respects – better LEO satellite constellation than its predecessors. In terms of size and (advertised) capability, OneWeb…