18 May 2020

Air Force Leaders Fret As Another Satellite Maker Declares Bankruptcy

Intelsat announced last Wednesday during a press release that it was declaring bankruptcy, becoming the second major satellite company to file for bankruptcy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was met with concern from the US Air Force’s chief acquisitions executive, Will Roper, who stated that the cash flow into

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18 Sep 2019

Mitigating Threats to Commercial Space Satellites

The space domain is transforming into an increasingly contested and congested environment. The President has referred to it as a critical warfighting domain and in response, the Department of Defense has recently established U.S. Space Command as a unified combatant command to employ space capabilities and lead space operations. In the private sector, we have seen investments in commercial space grow exponentially as advances in technology have sparked a renewed global interest in the final frontier. In the last decade alone an estimated 500 venture capital firms have invested in space, with approximately 20% making their first investments in 2018. A recent report by Morgan Stanley also cites, “the revenue generated by the global space industry may increase to more than $1 trillion by 2040.”

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18 Aug 2019

U.S. Military is Eager to Take Advantage of Smallsats at Scale if Price is Right

The U.S. military is eager to take advantage of small satellite (smallsat) constellations that operate in low Earth orbit if they can fulfill requirements at the right price. The Department of Defense sees promise in smallsat technology and is working with government and industry partners to try and reduce costs

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30 Jul 2019

France wants to arm satellites with guns and lasers by 2030

France not only plans to set up its own space force to defend the country’s satellites, but France’s Minister of Defense is also launching a program to upgrade those satellites with cameras capable of detecting threats. Furthermore, the country aims to replace the upgraded satellites with yet another generation of

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22 Apr 2019

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a five year program to build robots capable of repairing and upgrading satellites. The research agency will also develop spacecraft for moving the robots through space. The US government and US companies together have over 400 satellites orbiting the earth at

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