Launch Uncertainty: Implications for Large Constellations

Launch capacity and delays pose a significant challenge to satellite constellations, their stakeholders, and policymakers. What can be done to mitigate the risks?

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Constellations consisting of tens, hundreds, and even thousands of satellites in non-geostationary orbits are now being proposed and developed to bring affordable broadband Internet and other satellite services to the world. The possibility of a looming high launch demand and the cumulative effects of launch delay risks could result in far-reaching consequences for U.S. launch service providers, constellation developers, and other stakeholders. What can be done to mitigate the risks? 

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