State of Play: Advances in Commercial Space

Understanding the landscape of commercial innovation provides valuable insight into the future of the space enterprise.
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Private space companies are a thriving source of space innovation. Understanding the state of play within the commercial sector allows Aerospace to better advise our customers on future possibilities with commercial technologies. 

State of Play is an advisory publication dedicated to emerging trends in space innovation.


State of Play: Lasercom Key to Building Internet In Space

With major government and commercial programs poised to leverage lasercom, the technology is positioned to deliver the winning combo of high-bandwidth and low-latency needed to expand the internet into space and deliver global, low-latency communications.​​​​​​​
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In-Space Novel Propulsion Technologies

The marketplace now has multiple companies with advanced technology for nuclear, electric, chemical, and solar propulsion with the potential to dramatically improve Earth-centric space operations and interplanetary exploration in the years and decades to come.

In this issue of State of Play, we survey technologies and the marketplace for insight into near and medium-term developments.

State of Play: SmallSats Go Back to the Future

A renewed interest in ridesharing for satellite launches now offers more frequent opportunities to reach orbit at a good price. This edition of State of Play looks at who’s involved and what’s next for the industry.
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On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing

Shrinking technology and lower costs have made on-orbit servicing, assembly, and manufacturing is an area of emerging technology and growth in the space domain.
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Synthetic Aperture Radar

Two key players representative of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology trends, Capella Space (United States) and ICEYE (Finland), are compared. Each company is developing SAR technology on small satellites launched by commercial launch providers, such as SpaceX.

ICEYE is currently developing a U.S. presence in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, with the intent to manufacture in the United States. Both Capella Space and ICEYE are viable and growing into the $420 billion Earth imagery sector. 

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