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SpaceWorks Nanosat Market Study

23 Nov 2011, 04:09 UTC
SpaceWorks Nanosat Market Study
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SpaceWorks Commercial today released their latest nano/microsatellite market study. You can download it here. The study is quite bullish on the growth of Nanosatellites over the next decade with over 20% growth per year through 2014. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know I am a big advocate for Nanosats and Nanosat launchers . But I do want to caution us that the authors of this analysis are also developing the Generation Orbit Nanosat launch vehicle. Some may doubt how unbiased their nanosat market study can be when they are developing a vehcile to launch them. However, the counter argument could also be, it was reviewing this same market data several months ago (now made public) that led som of the folks over at SpaceWorks to start Generation Orbit in the first place.Here are a few highlights from the report. Note many of these comments are direct quotes from the SpaceWorks study itself:180 known future nano/microsatellites to launch by 2014Range of 100-142 nano/microsatellites (1-50kg) that will need launches globally in the year 2020 (verses 23 in 2011)32 are estimated to be 11-50kg satellites68 are estimated to be 1-10kg satellites75% expected to be foreign or academic payloadsMilitary ...

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