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

COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation Development Continues with EUR182 Million Award

By Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International.

COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation. Source, Thales Alenia Space.

COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation. Source, Thales Alenia Space.

Thales Alenia Space has signed a new phase of the contract for the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG) satellite program with the Italian Space Agency (ASI). The new phase is worth EUR182 million ($204.5 million), with Thales Alenia Space receiving 85 percent – EUR154 million ($173 million) – of the total and Telespazio 15 percent – EUR28 million ($31.5 million). Thales Alenia Space is prime contractor for the COSMO-SkyMed program, in charge of building the space segment consisting of two CSG satellites, while Telespazio is responsible for developing the ground segment and integrated logistics for operations. Continue reading