Investment study shows falling costs of Earth imaging constellations, but established co’s also benefit

by Peter B. de Selding

LUXEMBOURG — A venture-capital investor and an investment bank, both with long experience in the satellite industry, concluded that new satellite designs and lower-cost launches allow a smallsat constellation to generate more profit than the larger, historic geospatial services companies. The study left out investments under way by the established market leaders that will take advantage of the same market trends.

The assessment, by RRE Ventures and PJT Partners, shows how far satellite technology has come in designing imagers with 1-meter resolution or better to fit on . . .

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