50 small satellites seeking launch this year will not find a ride, UK’s Catapult says

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — As many as 50 small satellites awaiting launch this year will remain grounded because of a lack of suitable launch-service options, and many that find a launch will end up in less-than-ideal operating orbits, according to Britain’s Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd.

But in what may be a confirmation of markets’ tendency to overreact, the Catapult's survey found more than 50 rockets dedicated to small-satellite launches now under development.

For the many owners and operators of small satellites — here defined as weighing less . . .

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