VIA SATELLITE: The lack of Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite orders has been a major trend in the industry over the last couple of years. Are we now at a stage where the lack of satellite orders here is now in permanent, terminal decline?
Shotwell: We’ve seen a bit of a lull in the satellite industry as folks are assessing the available technologies and how they’ll accelerate going forward, which suggests we are in a period of significant change. As the market adjusts, we are seeing a decline in geostationary orders, but other aspects of the market are steadily increasing. The small satellite market has experienced impressive growth over the last few years, and everything points to continued strong demand going forward. And there have been some exciting new developments in the commercial market, particularly around human spaceflight, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), lunar missions, Radio Frequency (RF) monitoring and analytics, and combinations of technology to combat global problems, such as illegal fishing. In addition, reduced launch, satellite, and related technology costs are making constellations more feasible. There are a lot of new opportunities to be excited about.
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