Aerospacelab, NanoAvionics, Novawurks, Redwire: Future constellation operators will outsource manufacturing

by Peter B. de Selding

LA PLATA, Maryland — Will tomorrow’s small-satellite constellation operators be more likely to outsource their satellite manufacturing or opt for vertical integration to avoid supply-chain headaches?

Four companies whose businesses depend on the answer — Aerospacelab, NanoAvionics, Novawurks and Redwire — made the case for outsourcing, arguing that today’s satellite hardware ecosystem is more sophisticated than ever and is able, in effect, to customize standard satellite products. But they conceded that the manufacturing base is complicated.

“We maintain a split . . .

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