Space companies that went public in the last year only to see their valuation drop precipitously may soon become targets of acquisitions.
Many satellite constellation developers are opting to build their own satellites.
NASA says that SpaceX’s proposal for a second-generation Starlink constellation with 30,000 satellites could lead to a “significant increase” in potential collisions in low Earth orbit and interfere with the agency’s launches and scientific activities.
Companies developing internet-of-things satellite constellations don’t see other broadband megaconstellations as direct competitors, but some see an opportunity to learn from them.
Sateliot raised 10 million euros ($11.4 million) in a Series A investment round.
Small satellite constellations provide valuable communications links in the wake of natural disasters, according to speakers at the SmallSat Symposium here.
Remote sensing startups moving into the defense market would like to see DoD and other agencies develop plans to procure commercial capabilities.
SDA and DARPA small spacecraft equipped with optical crosslinks will fly to orbit in SpaceX's next rideshare mission Transporter-2.
Lynk will start testing cellular connectivity services with its first small satellite in the near future as it plans to begin commercial service early next year.
Technological advances in small satellites are helping improve spacecraft designs and pushing the industry to take more risks, said Jim McClelland, vice president of Maxar Technologies.
With its first successful launch in the books, Virgin Orbit is considering ways it can expand into adjacent markets, including supporting ventures developing satellite systems.
DoD has to transition to a space architecture that takes advantage of emerging technologies, Steve Butow, director of the Defense Innovation Unit’s space portfolio, said at the SmallSat Symposium.
Satellite communications startup Analytical Space Inc. won a $26.4 million contract to develop and launch six cubesats and two hosted payloads to begin establishing Fast Pixel Network for optical communications.
Money will continue flowing into the space industry from government agencies, private equity firms and public markets, according to panelists at the 2021 SmallSat Symposium.