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Smallsat Growth on Shaky Foundations - NSR Feb 2019
"While the relative simplicity and the associated low-cost architecture are enabling (the much needed) easier access to the space applications, the challenge lies in the readiness of the existing infrastructure to support this rapidly growing market."

"A market that has historically been relatively slow to develop will now experience an accelerated expansion. This is bound to put immense pressure on the existing infrastructure and the different stakeholders in the supply and value chain."

Challenges:

= Satellite Manufacturing Constraints - "Tier 2 and Tier 3 components such as electronic systems and subsystems are expected to create considerable bottlenecks."

= Launch Constraints - "launch segment is expected to remain one of the biggest bottlenecks of the small satellite market over the next decade"

= In-Orbit Challenges - "lack of adequate space traffic tracking and management regime"
NSR  satellite  smallsats  market-research 
february 2019 by pierredv
EO Smallsat Market: Where to Go from Here? - NSR Nov 2018
"Smallsat operators, now more than 40, all expect to capture a sizeable piece of the EO downstream market. The questions are: How big is this pie and who is it for?"

"NSR’s Satellite-Based Earth Observation, 10th Edition report forecasts the EO smallsat downstream market will experience double-digit CAGRs, and cumulatively account for $9.7B in revenue over the next decade. Growth will come from all verticals, but a large segment of this growth is to arrive in the form of Big Data analytics for Defense & Intelligence and Managed Living Resources (Agriculture, Forestry, etc.)."

"Another factor driving change and growth in the industry is the devaluation of imagery and the growing focus on Big Data analytics. Currently, Big Data analytics players favor MR imagery due to its easier access and lower costs. However, upcoming supply and growing archives are serving to depreciate the cost of imagery, lowering the barrier to entry for utilization of HR imagery."
NSR  smallsats  EO  remote-sensing  market-research 
november 2018 by pierredv
The ROI Challenge of IoT Smallsats - NSR, Oct 2018
"In the recently released M2M and IoT via Satellite, 9th Edition report, NSR projected over 3.7 million smallsat IoT in-service units by 2027; this will generate approx. $133 million in retail revenues during the same year, but it only represents an overall share of only 5% of total satellite M2M/IoT revenues. ARPUs will be low on smallsat IoT networks"

"To turn a profit on these small satellite constellations purely from IoT, millions of IoT devices will be required. On each constellation. With only several million connected devices to come online on smallsats over the coming decade, competition will be extremely fierce between the 15+ constellations for this purpose, with most either merging or never actually launching."

"Further, satellite renewals must be considered, as the average life span for these satellites is up to 3 years. Any launch failure would significantly impact latency and IoT performance. Nonetheless, NSR expects a few smallsat IoT constellations to reach positive ROIs within the next 10 years, assuming additional financing is available to maintain positive cash flow over the first few years of launch."

"Low data rates (a few bytes) per packet transferred are fine for now; however, this fails to consider the growth of data requirements coming from big data analysis. This results in additional levels of data that will be transmitted, despite more analysis being done at the ‘edge’ and not transmitted via satellite. This is where ‘bigsat’ constellations such as Iridium NEXT and Globalstar’s second generation network come into play."

Bottom line: "the ROI on comparatively low-cost CAPEX of smallsats is depressed by even lower ARPUs and end-user demand."
NSR  market-research  business  satellite  smallsats  IoT  M2M  investing  Kepler  Iridium  Globalstar 
october 2018 by pierredv
Astrocast on satellite mission to fill in coverage for IoT | FierceWireless Sep 2018
"Astrocast, a Lausanne, Switzerland-based company, is preparing to launch a constellation of satellites that could be used to “fill in” areas that cellular IoT technologies don’t cover."

“We are very low speed, low data rate, small data packets and designed for battery-operated small form factor devices,” said Bryan Eagle, U.S.-based vice president at Astrocast, in an interview with FierceWirelessTech. “That’s really our sweet spot. We’re much more an extension of NB-IoT, LoRa, Sigfox, than we are any relation to the OneWeb” or something of that nature.

"Fabien Jordan, CEO and founder to Astrocast, said the goal eventually is to have 64 operational nanosatellites to offer global coverage, and that likely will be complete in the end of 2020 timeframe."

"The company is using the L-Band, with spectrum ascertained through the Swiss national regulator."
FierceWireless  IoT  satellite  nanosatellites  smallsats 
september 2018 by pierredv
Frost & Sullivan: Small communications satellites to surge by 2030 | FierceWireless Aug 2018
Frost & Sullivan predicts launch demand will reach 11,740 small satellites by 2030, with revenues reaching $70.1 billion. Prasad told FierceWireless that 52% of those small satellites will be communications satellites offering connectivity and voice services. By comparison, communications make up just 13% of small-satellite launches between 2015 and the first quarter of 2018.
FierceWireless  Frost&Sullivan  smallsats 
august 2018 by pierredv
“No encryption, no fly” rule proposed for smallsats - SpaceNews.com Aug 2018
"Small satellites that have propulsion systems, but don’t have encrypted commanding systems, pose a small but real threat of being hacked and endangering other satellites, according to a new study."

"The concern, then is a scenario where hackers are able to take control of a satellite and redirect it quickly. Government satellites, as well as many commercial ones, have security measures like encryption that make it unlikely they could be hacked. However, many satellites run by academic institutions don’t have such security, often because of funding or technical limitations."
SpaceNews  smallsats  hacking  encryption  cybersecurity  Communications 
august 2018 by pierredv
Electric propulsion to send smallsats from LEO to GEO orbit, moon - SpaceNews.com aug 2018
"Blue Canyon Technologies, a small satellite supplier based in Boulder, Colorado, is bidding on two missions to transport spacecraft from low Earth to geostationary orbit with electric propulsion in addition to a mission to send a satellite from low Earth orbit to the moon. The missions are scheduled to fly within the next couple of years, said George Stafford, Blue Canyon chief executive and president. With electric propulsion, it will take a satellite about four months to move from low Earth to geostationary orbit and six months to reach the moon, said Daniel Hegel, Blue Canyon advanced development director."
SpaceNews  space  propulsion  BlueCanyon  smallsats 
august 2018 by pierredv
Small satellite sector grapples with cybersecurity requirements, cost - SpaceNews.com Aug 2018
"For cybersecurity experts, it’s clearcut: smallsat operators should take the same precautions as large satellite operators, including encrypting uplinks and downlinks, safeguarding ground stations and monitoring network activity."

"In many cases, however, small satellite developers and operators are not focusing on cybersecurity. Many of the hallmarks of the rapidly growing sector — low-cost satellites, lean operations and continual hardware and software improvements — are the same characteristics that make cybersecurity challenging."

"Gregory Falco, a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center Cyber Security Project, underscores the threat posed by internet connections. Falco, who has focused extensively on the Internet of Things, equates cubesats to IoT devices."
SpaceNews  smallsats  satellite  cybersecurity 
august 2018 by pierredv
Smallsat developers focus on improving reliability - SpaceNews.com aug 2018
"As cubesats and other smallsats transition from technology demonstration and student projects to operational missions supporting a growing array of applications, companies large and small are working to improve their reliability. ... The on-orbit performance of cubesats has long been a sore point."

[Jeroen Cappaert, a co-founder] said Spire is now considering providing mission services to companies, who they would fly their payloads on Spire satellites. “We think of Spire today as a data provider, but we’re also a mission provider,” he said. “We’ve built all this infrastructure and we think we can provide value to other companies that don’t necessarily want to spend the time and capital building all this from scratch.”

"[NanoRacks] has, to date, deployed 223 satellites from the ISS"
SpaceNews  satellite  Spire  business  smallsats  NanoRacks 
august 2018 by pierredv
Astranis Targets Cellular Backhaul with GEO Smallsats - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"NewSpace startup Astranis is sending its smallsats all the way out to Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) to deliver broadband internet. From there, the company intends to work alongside other satellite operators and Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to meet demand for cellular backhaul."

"Each smallsat will clock in at around 300 kg, and will carry four to six Ka-band spot beams and broader Ku-band beams."

"Astranis’ primary business case rests on using its satellite bandwidth for cellular backhaul. Gedmark believes it comes down to a matter of cost: the reason MNOs are lacking coverage in many regions is because it’s economically unfeasible to build fiber out to far-flung cell towers."
space  start-ups  GEO  GSO  cellular  smallsats 
march 2018 by pierredv
European Space Agency teams with ICEYE Finnish start-up - BBC News Mar 2018
"The European Space Agency is to work with Finnish start-up ICEYE on ways to exploit its novel radar satellites. ICEYE-X1 was launched in January - the first of multiple spacecraft that will go up in the coming years. About the size of a suitcase, these are the world's smallest synthetic aperture radar satellites and cost a fraction of traditional platforms."

"ICEYE wants to couple this vision with high temporal resolution, meaning a single spot on the Earth's surface would be surveyed several times a day. Algorithms will scour the data to detect significant changes. High-repeat requires a network of satellites, and ICEYE envisages perhaps 30 platforms in orbit."
BBC  space  EO  EarthObservation  ICEYE  satellite  smallsats  ESA  SAR  radar 
march 2018 by pierredv
AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites | Conferences and Events | Utah State University
The AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites has become internationally recognized as the premier conference on small satellites. The annual gathering provides a forum for the best minds in the small satellite community to review recent successes, explore new directions, and introduce emerging technologies in small spacecraft development. In addition to creating an excellent environment for networking and talking with experts in military, science, and academic fields, the Conference offers a program of international relevance, focusing on the key challenges and opportunities facing the small satellite community today.
smallsats  satellite  conference  papers 
march 2018 by pierredv
Startup Bringing Plasma Propulsion Technology To Smallsat Crowd | Aviation Week Ma 2018
"The miniaturization and commercial proliferation of cheap, high-fidelity electronics—everything from computers to cameras and GPS receivers—are revolutionizing the satellite industry, but a few components remain unique to space operations, including propulsion."

Combined, the broadband constellations would include about 9,000 satellites. Those, plus hundreds of smaller cubesat networks operated by remote sensing, tracking and data analytics companies like Planet and Spire, spurred King’s interest in developing a fuel-efficient, lightweight and low-cost Hall effect thruster for satellites in the 50-400-kg (110-880-lb.) range. "
AviationWeek  smallsats  satellite  space  propulsion 
march 2018 by pierredv
Kratos, bullish on satellite communications, in talks with LEO constellations - SpaceNews.com Mar 2018
"Three trends are driving Kratos’ satellite business according to DeMarco: smallsat constellation operators designing their ground systems, high-throughput satellites that have more complicated RF systems, and an increase in U.S. defense space spending.

DeMarco said smallsat operators across the whole gamut of sizes are choosing their command and control communications systems. Those ground systems, which need to manage more satellites in more complicated orbits than traditional geostationary satellites, require altogether different ground technology, he said."

"Kratos competitors in command and control include Braxton Technologies of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Zodiac Aerospace of Plaisir, France."

"DeMarco said Kratos’ spectrum monitoring business, which finds RF signals that intentionally or unintentionally impede satellite signals, grew by 35-percent last year. "
SpaceNews  Kratos  NGSO  ground-systems  smallsats  satellite  ground-segment  spectrum-monitoring 
march 2018 by pierredv
Satellite entrepreneurs looking for sky-high revenues from internet services in space | Financial Post, Feb 2018
Jeff Foust: "Kepler Communications, a Toronto company planning a constellation of 50 small satellites to provide communications for Internet of Things applications, launched its first satellite last month on a Chinese rocket. As a Canadian company, it faces fewer restrictions on its choice of launch vehicles than U.S. companies, one Canadian entrepreneur noted, allowing it to take advantage of low-cost Chinese launches."

"Another contributor to fast iteration is launch availability. That’s an area in which Canadian companies have an advantage, Slifierz says. “Kepler benefits from being a Canadian company because there are a lot fewer restrictions on where we can launch vehicles from. They were able to use a Chinese rocket. That would not have been possible (if it were a U.S. company).”"
space  satellite  regulations  Kepler  Canada  cubesats  smallsats  China  launch 
february 2018 by pierredv
2018 Could Be a Revolutionary Year for Smallsats - Via Satellite -Via Satellite Jan 2018
"2017 was a banner year for the satellite industry in many respects. 2018 could prove to be even more momentous, as the smallsat megaconstellations that have been under development for years finally emerge — along with the dedicated smallsat launch vehicles that will serve them. In an interview with Via Satellite, Northern Sky Research (NSR) analyst Carolyn Belle laid out her expectations for the year ahead"

"Overall, 2017 was a “very good year” for smallsat launch rates, Belle said, with the industry orbiting 329 smallsats (between 1 and 500 kg) in total. This is the highest number launched in one year to date, easily outstripping the mere 130 orbited in 2016."

Demand for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites have plummeted in recent years, culminating in just nine orders in 2017. “That was a more significant decline than anything we’ve seen before,” Belle said. “That was the lowest number in more than a decade. Global capacity pricing continues to sink like an anchor, making operators very cautious about their investments, Belle said.”
ViaSatellite  smallsats  cubesats  satellite  NorthSkyResearch  launch  NGSO  GEO  interviews 
january 2018 by pierredv
Smallsats unite to campaign on spectrum issues | PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
"The Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA), launched this month, will campaign for an expedited spectrum coordination process for shared spectrum as well as on other spectrum issues affecting the community."

"The primary commercial uses of smallsats so far are for imaging (Planet Labs, Astro Digital) or other kinds of sensing (such as radio frequency sensing – Hawkeye 360); weather forecasting (Spire, Space Sciences); and monitoring of automatic identification systems for shipping and automatic dependent surveillance (Spire). That’s according to Tony Lin, a Hogan Lovells communications attorney based in Washington, D.C.

Another company, Kepler, has proposed a smallsat Fixed Satellite System (FSS), said Lin, who represents several smallsat companies. Two operators, Spire and Planet, have obtained licences from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate commercial smallsat systems; the other companies have either applied or plan to apply soon."

"Smallsat systems generally use spectrum for one-way “data dumps,” so coordination and shared use is primarily a “scheduling” exercise. Smallsats generally don’t need the exclusive spectrum more typically required for the Mobile Satellite Service or FSS."
satellite  smallsats  nanosats  PolicyTracker  NewSpace  HoganLovells  PlanetLab  HawkEye360  Spire  Kepler  NGSO 
september 2017 by pierredv
SmallSat Symposium 2018 | Meet and greet the foremost experts in small satellites.
The 3rd Annual SmallSat Symposium | February 5th - 8th

Six Pre-Show Workshops

Three Days of Sessions & Networking

The SmallSat Symposium is the undisputed Business and Finance Conference for Small Satellites.

World leaders and experts unlock the knowledge required to leverage smallsat innovation and cutting-edge technology into next generation solutions.

Learn from and network with the primary players in the industry as they answer the most pertinent questions facing the small satellite market today.
smallsats  satellite  conferences 
september 2017 by pierredv
SMALLSATS, SPACE DEBRIS, AND SELF-REGULATION, SpaceAngels.com blog, Aug 2017
"There are a couple of reasons why commercial smallsat operators should be concerned: Firstly, nano- and microsatellites are generally less agile in orbit ... Secondly, these small satellites are especially likely to become space debris, due to the unprecedented volume of units in orbit"

"Entrepreneurial space companies are stepping in to offer novel solutions to this pressing problem."

"... industry leaders proposed a “bottom-up” framework which would enable a “coherent, collaborative, and community-wide” approach to the problem of orbital debris ... Called the Smallsat Space Traffic Safety Consortium, or SSSC, this proposed organization would enable the entrepreneurial satellite industry to continue to flourish and evolve—while simultaneously assuring responsible growth"
smallsats  nanosats  space-debris  space-junk  satellite 
september 2017 by pierredv

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