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Aug 07 2014

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Global Launch Vehicle Market Assessment

A study of launch services for nano/microsatellites in 2013. 12 pdf slides chock full of interesting stuff based on 2013 data.

Highlights:

  • Data suggests that the total number of launches per year and the quantity of launches containing nano/microsatellites have remained constant, despite rapid growth in the nano/microsatellite industry
  • Of the 76 satellites launched, 56 were nano/microsatellites. That ratio HAS to be higher for 2014. Planet Labs itself launched over 20 cubesats.
  • Of the 82 attempted launches in 2013, 40% experienced delays averaging 115 days; most delays were caused by the launch vehicle
  • Though many launch vehicles have additional payload mass capacity, it can only be realized with significant changes to integration hardware, a significant barrier for nano/microsatellites seeking rideshare launchesThough many launch vehicles have additional payload mass capacity, it can only be realized with significant changes to integration hardware, a significant barrier for nano/microsatellites seeking rideshare launches
  • Historical analysis suggests the current supply of launch vehicles will not sufficiently serve future nano/microsatellite market demand

Well worth the read.

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