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Insight: Mergers and Acquisitions Activity Falls and Regains Slightly in Q2 – TRSQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | Satellite and space transactional activity experienced a notable drop in the second quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. The decline in April and May 2020 volumes was pronounced, with the principal drivers of this decrease being: (1) macroeconomic uncertainty, (2) valuation uncertainty due to extreme market volatility, (3) the need for many…

Snapshot: Government Space Spending in 2019

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Coronavirus and the Space Industry – TSRQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | In the months since the world began coping with the global spread of coronavirus, the space industry has been beset by program delays, bankruptcies, and the pullback of venture capital investment. Yet there have also been signs of continuity and stabilization — on May 30, 2020, the SpaceX Crew Dragon and NASA succeeded…

Hurricane tracking and Earth Observation data – TSRQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | The United States was impacted by 14 natural disasters that each caused over a billion dollars in damage in 2019. Fortunately, scientists are using a multitude of resources to learn more about severe weather, including remote sensing satellites that monitor the Earth from space. Information from these satellites becomes especially important during hurricane…

Infrastructure: Spacecraft/Satellites Overview – TSRQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | Spacecraft deployment numbers rose by five in 2019, increasing slightly to 466 spacecraft deployments last year. While deployments moved up, space vehicle launch attempts decreased from 114 in 2018 to 103 in 2019. The difference between deployment and launch attempt numbers is due partly to the success of two launches deploying 60 satellites…

Workforce: Global Space Workforce – TSRQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | The space industry relies on tens of thousands of highly skilled workers to research and design, build, and operate advanced technologies that enable space activities and increase our understanding of the space environment. These highly skilled workers and the companies they work for have an important impact on their communities, supporting thriving local…

Economy: U.S. and Non-U.S. Government Space Investment – TSRQ2 2020

By Matt Christine | June 1, 2020
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Introduction | Space is a global enterprise, with companies,private backers, and nations around the world investing in commercial, civil and defense space sectors. In 2019, well before the global coronavirus pandemic began shaking investor confidence, delaying launches, and leading to sweeping unemployment, the global space economy continued to grow in financial commitment and expand into…

The S-Network Space Index℠ Q1 2020 Performance

By Matt Christine | March 23, 2020
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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; rocket and satellite manufacturing, deployment, operation, and maintenance; manufacturing of ground equipment that relies on satellite systems; development of space technology and hardware; and space-based…

Workforce: Space Workforce – TSRQ1 2020

By Matt Christine | March 1, 2020
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Introduction | The space industry relies on tens of thousands of highly skilled workers to design, build, and operate advanced technologies that enable space activities and research that increases our understanding of the space environment. Understanding the trends in this workforce, including its size and composition, provides insight into the scale of these benefits and…

Economy Insights: Competing in the Global Space Economy – TSRQ1 2020

By Matt Christine | March 1, 2020
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Introduction | In the popular imagination, the space industry implies launch platforms, rockets, and satellites — the incredibly sophisticated, government-backed systems that enable us to get to space. While these systems are certainly critical to the global space economy, they make up just a fraction of the global space industry. According to a 2019 report…