Remote Sensing Satellite Market Takes Off, Driven by SmallSat Deliveries

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

JPSS-1 meteorological satellite. Source: NOAA

Annual deliveries of remote sensing satellites are increasing at high rates. Only 18 remote sensing satellites launched in 2013, but 177 were launched in 2017.

This trend can be expected to continue. During the 2018-2032 forecast period, civil and commercial satellite operators will take delivery of 3,979 satellites, representing an estimated $39 billion in value of production. Continue reading

ESA Awards Contractors $3.8 Billion for Launch Vehicle Development Work

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

The European Space Agency on August 12 signed contracts for the development of a new launch vehicle designated Ariane 6, its launch base, and an upgraded version of the Vega called the Vega C.

The contracts, signed at ESA’s Paris head office with Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL), France’s CNES space agency, and ELV, respectively, cover all development work on Ariane 6 and its launch base for a maiden flight in 2020, and on Vega C for its 2018 debut.[i]

Ariane 6

Ariane 6

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New Quantum Satellite Bus Will Be the Focus of New Technology Development

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

Quantum new-generation satellite (Credit: Airbus)

Quantum new-generation satellite (Credit: Airbus)

A partnership between ESA, Eutelsat, and Airbus Defence and Space has introduced a commercial communications services satellite platform that utilizes new technology. The Quantum satellite’s software-based design will give operators the ability to change a satellite’s operational parameters in orbit, enabling users to serve any region of the world and adjust to new business without needing to procure and launch an entirely new satellite. The satellite will feature phased-array antennas, flexible connectivity, and software-configurable payloads that can adapt to new demands in coverage, bandwidth, and frequency configurability. Continue reading

MDA Tops List of Commercial Communications Satellite Manufacturers

by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

An artist's rendition of the Optus 10 satellite. Based on the Space Systems/Loral (SSL) LS-1300 platform.

An artist’s rendition of the Optus 10 satellite. Based on the Space Systems/Loral (SSL) LS-1300 platform.

Over the next 10 years, the top five commercial communications satellite manufacturers will be MDA, Airbus Defence and Space, Boeing, Thales, and Lockheed Martin. The companies are ranked based on forecast value of production of their satellite products between 2015 and 2024. Although it is recognized that other companies act as subcontractors, this list is determined by estimating revenues of the prime contractors in the commercial communications satellite industry. Continue reading