GEO-satellite market rebound? Yes, but… For Arianespace, SpaceX, commercial LEO is the bigger business in 2020

by Peter B. de Selding



PARIS — The commercial space industry looks at the number of GEO-orbit satellites ordered each year as a proxy for the market’s health. But this measure has lost much of its meaning in the current market.

When a GEO-orbit satellite can include the 300-kilogram Astranis, with the improbable business plan of serving just Alaska with broadband; and Ovzon AB's 1,500-kilogram Ovzon-3, for commercially provided government and military communications, the unit value of GEO orders falls apart.

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