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Full Story: 2020 in Launches: Successes, Failures, and Everything in Between

By Lesley Conn | January 26, 2021
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This was the year of the partial success. From the LauncherOne demo to the maiden flight of the KZ-11, 2020 saw explosions and anomalies around the world. Companies such as Virgin Orbit and SpaceX released launch summaries of these failures, emphasizing what went right and what was learned. This is notably different than, say, the…

Pandemic Surges, But So Does Space Finance – TSRQ4 2020

By Lesley Conn | December 27, 2020
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Quilty Analytics Quarterly Transactions Update Our core Satellite & Space index, which includes 27 publicly traded space-related companies, outperformed major indices, growing 27% in the fourth quarter with 2020 (4Q20) versus the 12% gain of the S&P 500 during the quarter. Our Frontier Space index, comprised of earlier-stage publicly traded space companies, trounced other indices,…

Regenerative Medical Research Advances Through ISS Experiments – TSRQ4 2020

By Shawn Huff | December 26, 2020
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Introduction | The microgravity conditions of the International Space Station (ISS) offer a profound opportunity to make discoveries in regenerative medicine that would not be possible on Earth. Scientists floating more than 200 miles above the ground are experimenting with ways cells grow and change, studying progressions of diseases, and developing 3D models to observe…

The Role Of Intellectual Property In Space Innovation – TSRQ4 2020

By Lesley Conn | December 26, 2020
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Introduction | As the exponential growth of commercial space looms, this is a good time to survey several critical aspects of intellectual property (IP) as an enabler of innovation in commercial space. This article begins with a review of the vital role of IP in promoting innovation and an overview of the field of intellectual…

Broadband Constellations: Market Challenges Remain as Launched Satellites Climb to More Than 1,000 – TSRQ4 2020

By Lesley Conn | December 26, 2020
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Introduction | At the end of 2020, more communications satellites orbited the Earth than all communications satellites deployed during the previous 10 years. Operators deployed more than 1,000 communications satellites last year, mainly into low Earth orbit (LEO). Two new satellite communications operators deployed most of those LEO communications satellites for broadband purposes. Thousands more…

Space Policy 2020 – Global Highlights: Collaboration, Situational Awareness, Debris Tracking, and Private Growth Dominate – TSRQ4 2020

By Lesley Conn | December 26, 2020
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Introduction In 2020, many significant events influenced policy across the global space community. In the United States, new policy directives, along with the results of the 2020 election, will impact the national space industry and, by extension, international partnerships and global space planning. At the international level, nine countries signed the Artemis Accords, with Ukraine…

The Race to the Moon and the Promise of Cislunar Space – TSRQ4 2020

By Lesley Conn | December 1, 2020
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Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt in 1972 were the last of a dozen men to walk on the Moon. For the past 48 years, lunar exploration has been largely replaced by deep space exploration, space station construction, and reusable launch vehicle development. With advancements in space technology, lower launch costs, and growing investor confidence, the Moon is about to undergo more exploration and development than at any time in history.

Economy Insights: Space Index – TSRQ3 2020

By Becki Yukman | September 1, 2020
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The S-Network Space Index℠ Q2 2020 Performance Introduction | The S-Network Space Index tracks a global portfolio of publicly traded companies that are active in space-related businesses such as satellite-based telecommunications; transmission of television and radio content via satellite; launch vehicle and satellite manufacturing, deployment, operation, and maintenance; manufacturing of ground equipment that relies on…

Economy Insights: Mergers and Acquisitions – TSRQ3 2020

By Becki Yukman | September 1, 2020
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Quilty Analytics Insight: Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Financing Drive a Robust Q3 Share price performance of our core satellite and space index, which includes 27 publicly traded space companies, was up 10% in Q3 2020 versus the S&P 500 increase of 8% during the quarter. Our Frontier Space index, comprised of earlier stage publicly traded…

Economy: Commercial Space Infrastructure – TSRQ3 2020

By Becki Yukman | September 1, 2020
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Introduction | Revenues from global commercial space activity—undertaken by private in no government investment—totaled $328.8 their highest level ever and increasing 6.6% from 2017. The commercial space industry accounted for 79.2% of total global economic activity in space. The U.S. plays a major role in the commercial arena, with longstanding companies such as Northrop Grumman,…