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2018 – PNT Satellites – Breakdown by Mission Segment

March 29, 2019
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Like PNT deployments in previous years, the majority of the 27 PNT satellites deployed in 2018, 81% (21) were for military missions. Four satellites (15% of the total) were deployed...

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2018 Focusing on Small Satellite Growth and Manufacturing

March 29, 2019
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As readers review the data within the spacecraft section of the Quarter 1 2018 issue of The Space Report, they will probably notice that one company keeps showing up as...

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2017 – Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems

March 29, 2019
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PNT satellite constellations continued growing during 2017. Deployments led to a 6% increase in the in-orbit PNT satellite population as a result of Chinese, European, Indian, Japanese, and Russian efforts...

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2018 New Communications Satellites Challenges

March 29, 2019
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January 2018 marked the first time a U.S. communications satellite operator deployed satellites without the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) permission. In April 2017, nine months before the launch, the...

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2018 Communications Satellites Breakdown by Country

March 29, 2019
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The top three operators of the overall number of communications satellites deployed in 2018 are headquartered in the United States. Spire Global, a company with a relatively recent and large...

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2018 – EO/RS Meteorology Focus

March 29, 2019
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In 1900, a hurricane defied U.S. Weather Service predictions and destroyed Galveston, Texas. The highest part of the island on which the city rests is about 2.75 meters (9 feet)...

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2018 – EO/RS Satellite Manufacturers

March 29, 2019
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Three manufacturers accounted for 47% (83) of all EO/RS satellites deployed in 2018: Planet, Spire Global, and the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). Planet and Spire also operate the...

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2018 Communications Satellites Breakdown by Payload Type

March 29, 2019
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Of the 128 communications satellites deployed in 2018, 28% of them (36) involved communications for maritime tracking; the greatest number of these were the Spire Global’s satellites discussed below. The...

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2018 – EO/RS Satellite Operators

March 29, 2019
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The countries with spacecraft operators operating the most EO/RS satellites deployed in 2018 were in the U.S. and China. Combined, operators from these two countries accounted for 42% (73) of...

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2018 Communications Satellites Breakdown by Mission Segment

March 29, 2019
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The majority of communications satellites deployed in 2018, 66% (85), were for commercial purposes (or “missions”). Civil government missions ranked second with a 28% share (36). The seven satellites launched...

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