For years, space industry pundits have been forecasting a coming boom in the small-satellite market. The key question now is not so much the size of the business opportunity, but how best to unlock its full potential. The market for the launch of small satellites—including microsats, nanosats and CubeSats—is projected to exceed 150 spacecraft per year by 2020. But, while there is broad agreement that launch costs will not come down sufficiently to support such a viable small-sat market ...


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