Commercial satcom industry is delivering many new services, but spacecraft demand is sluggish
Demand for new geostationary commercial communications satellites remains flat, even as new services like high-definition television and satellite delivery of local broadcasts force operators to upgrade their in-orbit fleets. With orders running at 15 or 16 spacecraft a year, overcapacity continues to plague satellite manufacturing worldwide. Digital Audio Radio Service, a hot new application, is pulling in new subscribers for satellite radio programming by the hundreds of thousands. But ...
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