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Spaceports of the World

Spaceports of the World

Summary: This nifty report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) provides a handy primer on the factors that make for a good launch site (both geographic and political) and a rundown on all of the major launch sites (active and proposed) around the world

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: Various spaceports

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Challenges to Security in Space

Challenges to Security in Space

Summary: This 46-page report from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) provides an overview of the counter-space threat posed by Russia and China, including cyber, directed energy, EW, kinetic kill vehicles, robotic mechanisms, and more. The DIA estimates that China will likely field a ground-based laser weapon that can counter low-orbit space-based sensors by 2020. Lovely.

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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SpaceWorks- 2019 Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast

SpaceWorks- 2019 Nano/Microsatellite Market Forecast

Summary: This is the 9th year that SpaceWorks' has published its annual nano/microsatellite (1-50 kg) launch forecast. Some key highlights from the report: SpaceWorks is forecasting 294 satellites to be launched in 2019, up 17% y/y ; Seven companies launched IoT satellites in 2018 ; SpaceWorks is forecasting 513 satellite launches by 2023

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: ABS, Aerial Maritime, Amos, Astro Digital, Astrocast, Axelspace, Capella Space, DigitalGlobe, Earth-i, EchoStar, Globalstar, HawkEye, Hispasat, Iceye, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, LandSpace, One Web, Planet, Satellogic, SES, Space Belt, Space Quest, SpaceX, Spire, Turksat, Urthecast, ViaSat, Vector, Virgin Orbit

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GAO: The DoD is Clueless Regarding its Space Acquisition Workforce

GAO: The DoD is Clueless Regarding its Space Acquisition Workforce

Summary: Given all the hubbub in the news regard the establishment of a Space Force, it’s worth asking what exactly is the problem that being solved? This GAO report on the DoD’s acquisition workforce gives a clue. According to the report, the DoD does not have a complete list of its space acquisition programs or the number of individuals involved in procurement (the GAO estimates ~8,000).

Covered Companies: N/A

Mentioned: N/A

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Space-Based ADS-B: Performance, Architecture, and Market Options

Space-Based ADS-B: Performance, Architecture, and Market Options

Summary: This 35-page report from Summit Space Corp provides a highly-technical assessment of space-based ADS-B aircraft tracking requirements and basically concludes that Aireon is the only legitimate game in town.

Covered Companies: Aireon

Mentioned: Aireon, GOMspace, Globalstar, Inmarsat, Iridium, Spire

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Start Up Space 2017

Start Up Space 2017

Summary: Bryce Space and Technology recently issued an update to its popular 2016 report on investment in the space sector. The report, which spans the VC, PE, M&A, and IPO markets, concludes that startup activity remains incredibly active, with 86% of VC funding since 2000 ($4.5 B in total) occurring in the past five years. In 2016, alone, 60 VCs invested $1.5 B in startups that are now emerging at the rate of 17 per year vs, on 3 per year in the early 2000's.

Covered Companies: Multiple

Mentioned: Too many to mention.

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The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution

The Tiny Satellites Ushering in the New Space Revolution

Summary: Spanning more than 5,500 words, this epic Bloomberg profile on Planet is well worth the (lunchtime) read. In addition to telling the colorful history of how Planet was started, the article provides a fairly good overview of the broader “NewSpace” revolution. My highlighted version of the article is linked above, but you’ll want to click through to the Bloomberg site to see sidebars, graphics, and an entertaining 16 minute video on Planet’s recent launch of 88 Dove satellites from India’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre (not on my bucket list).

Covered Companies: DigitalGlobe

Mentioned: Google, Monsanto, Wilbur-Ellis, Bayer Crop Science, 3 Gimbals LLC, Orbital Insight, SpaceKnow, Terra Bella, Capella Space, SpacePharma, OneWeb, Astro Digital, Axelspace, Hera Systems, Iceeye, SpaceX, Spire, Rocket Lab, Vector Space Systems, Virgin Orbit

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How Americas two greatest rocket companies battled from the beginning

How Americas two greatest rocket companies battled from the beginning

Summary: A lot of ink has been spilled on the long-running battle between SpaceX and ULA for US launch supremacy. This article by Eric Berger provides a good backgrounder on the controversy while also illuminating how the battle is likely to play out in the next several years.

Covered Companies: Orbital ATK

Mentioned: SpaceX, ULA, Lockheed, Boeing, Blue Origin, Aerjoet Rocketdyne

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How Boeing is Coping with the Slowdown in GEO Orders

How Boeing is Coping with the Slowdown in GEO Orders

Summary: While layoffs and reorganization grab the headlines, this article highlights some of the factory-level innovations that Boeing is pursing to offset the current “nuclear winter” in satellite orders.

Covered Companies: ViaSat

Mentioned: Boeing, Eutelsat, ABS, SpaceX

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Amplifier Firms Eye Smallsat Ka-band Opportunities

Amplifier Firms Eye Smallsat Ka-band Opportunities

Summary: They may not be as sexy as rockets and satellites, but power amplifiers play a critical role in supporting the ground network requirements of LEO constellations proposed by OneWeb, SpaceX, Telesat, and Boeing. Problem is, none of the major players seem all that enthused with the prospects for spending large capex in pursuit of thin margins.

Covered Companies: Comtech Telecom

Mentioned: Teledyne, Mission Microwave, Wavestream, CPI International, Norsat International, Intelsat, OneWeb, SES, O3b Networks, Advantech Wireless, LeoSat, Boeing, SpaceX, OneWeb and Telesat

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