Smallsat builders want one type of vertical integration. Many prospective customers still prefer another

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — In theory, a startup company planning a satellite constellation for, say, IoT service and dependent on venture-capital funding should jump at the chance to outsource satellite production so it can focus on its core service business.

But that’s not happening in the commercial smallsat world, and that may ultimately pose a problem for the industrial supply chain that has grown up to serve the sector.

It’s not just smallsat pioneers, and now large constellation operators, Planet and Spire Global, whose in . . .

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