The report describes the development of a prototype multi-player game called Satellite Tycoon (Sat-Tycoon) to model competition between companies providing internet service using proliferated low Earth orbit (P-LEO) satellite constellations.Read More Report: Modeling Economic Competition in the Business of Mega-Constellations (AFRL 2022)
Satellites have become integral to modern life, impacting sectors like communication, Earth observation, defense, and scientific research. This article offers an exhaustive analysis of the UCS Satellite Database to unearth trends and insights into satellite operators, purposes, orbital classes, users, launch vehicles, and the age of these satellites.Read More Insights into the UCS Satellite Database (January 2023)
The report analyzes investment trends in start-up space companies that have received private financing. It tracks seed, venture capital, and private equity investment from 2000-2022.Read More Report: Start-up Space: Update on Investment in Commercial Space Ventures (Bryce 2023)
As the utilization of satellite technology continues to permeate various sectors, the need to efficiently manage this orbital infrastructure has never been more pressing. Satellite Lifecycle Extension Services (SLES) offer a pathway to extending the operational lives of satellites, thereby deferring the significant costs and resource investments associated with manufacturing and launching replacements. This article reviews SLES, detailing what these services entail, assessing which satellites stand to benefit considering factors such as purpose, mass, and orbit.Read More What Types of Satellites Constitute the “Pre-Starship Market” for Satellite Life Extension Services?
The advent of the space age has not only revolutionized our understanding of the cosmos but has also opened up new avenues for economic development. One of the key structures that have emerged in this new frontier is the concept of “orbital shells”—specific altitudinal bands around Earth where satellites and other man-made objects are placed in orbit. These shells serve as the backbone of the emerging space economy, supporting a wide range of services from telecommunications and Earth observation to scientific research and national security. This article reviews the types, applications, economic implications, and challenges associated with orbital shells.Read More Orbital Shells: The Invisible Highways of the Space Economy