Nearly 55 years after the start of commercial satellite projects, the industry remains fascinating to inventors and investors. Many are spellbound by sophisticated projects to build and launch satellites into orbits around the earth. Blending almost magical advances in technology with miniaturized electronics has produced a dazzling array of concepts that would move the Internet into space.
The demand for telecommunications transmission is booming and changing. The satellite industry must now deal with at least six issues that require resolution. These crises can be either a danger or an opportunity. There seems to be a state of confusion due to “disruptive” changes. TelAstra, Inc. decided to issue a major report using 36 years of industry data that it has collected. The report addresses each crisis in quantitative terms and explores alternatives that are being considered. It shows that there are relationships and experience that help clarify these matters.
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The Satellite Price Database shows the breakdown of prices paid to builders of communications satellites. Satellite delivery prices are separated from the price of launchers, earth stations and other cost elements. Actual and current delivery schedules are compared to original estimates. This data is provided as computer files and is far more complete than the data available from any other source.
Eleven (11) inflation adjustment tables are included to account for changing economic conditions. Inflation tables are now provided for the U.S. Exchange rates are tabulated over a 50 year period.
You can use this information to project probable satellite prices, incentive payments, and the price per satellite based on past records. Your cost estimates, cost models, and perceptions can be verified with hard numbers. You can make a more accurate assessment of the time required to develop and launch satellites. You can estimate realistic schedules when implementing a new generation of satellites.
The Mass Database separates the subsystem masses, dry mass, station keeping fuel, apogee fuel, and launch mass. Each subsystem reflects the same elements. This information can be used to compare the relative masses and complexity of spacecraft. You can compare the mass of its subsystems to the mass of alternative designs.
The Power Database provides a breakdown of the power load for each subsystem as well as the solar array power capability at end of life. The solar array area and mass are also provided when available. Battery mass and battery depth of discharge are listed. You can assess the status of several contractors' technologies.
Chapter A (Satellites & Subsystems) V37 (Jun 2021)
The Spacecraft Anomaly Database provides detailed information on a large number of events which have disabled or caused difficulty on satellites. Data identifies satellite name, launch date, anomaly, severity, cause, COST IMPACT and 35 other data fields. You can check the reliability claims of satellite manufacturers.
The Subsystem Price Database provides the breakdown of prices by subsystem and major cost element. Costs for hardware are separated from the costs of program management, systems engineering, and product assurance.
You can use the Antenna Database to predict achievable gain, G/T and EIRP. Empirical data includes coverage area, isotropic and effective gain for each antenna. Number of feeds, antenna aperture dimensions, antenna mass, beam isolation, polarization type and isolation are tabulated.
The Power Amplifier Database includes the key parameters for TWTA and Solid State Amplifiers. Gain and efficiency are of major design significance. The records also include the redundancy configuration and vendors for each program.
The Filter Database provides the technical data for a wide variety of filter types. The information includes the materials used for construction and the number of filters of each type used on each satellite. You can evaluate filter technology, estimate filter mass and establish filter specifications.
Chapter B (Anomalies & Payload) V 35 (Jun 2021)
The World Launch Database and Russian Launch Database provide complete data on all spacecraft launches to June 30, 2021. Satellite programs are listed in alphabetical and chronological order. Each record contains 25 fields of data: launch dates, international launch designation, alternative payload names, launch vehicle authority/agency, launch vehicle designation, lifetime, orbital data, current status and current satellite longitude for each geostationary payload.
Current information describes the performance of spacecraft after delivery. Notes and references are included to indicate known failures and anomalies during the launch and operational phases of the program. Insurance payments are provided by program for satellite or launch failures. Insurance underwriters will find this information extremely useful in understanding and assessing risks.
The Future Launch Database gives prices for many future launches. Planned launches are listed in Future Launch Data Base. A brief description of current pricing practices is included. You can examine this information and estimate the cost for launching satellites.
Chapter C (Launch Records and Vehicles) V 33 (Jun 2021)
This part provides graphical displays of trends including: the number of transponders in service, transponder demand, operator revenues, satellites in service, growth trends in transponders per satellite, power, and mass. The CD Rom includes a set of Excel spreadsheets that contain the following figures. Each figure is associated with an Excel file.
1.Direct Broadcasting Satellite Television Subscriber Growth
2a.&2b.Satellite Radio Subscriber Growth
2c.ARPU Growth for Broadcasting Services
3.Industry Revenues by Service Segment
4a&4b.Annual Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Operator Revenues
5a.&5b.Growth of Satellite Data Services
6.Growth of Mobile Satellite Subscribers
7a.&7b.Annual Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) Operator Revenues
7c.ARPU Growth for Two Way Satellite Services
8.Fixed Satellite Service Revenue per satellite
9.Trends of Satellites Ordered by year
10a.Satellites Ordered by year
10b.GEO Commercial Satellites Book-to-launch Ratio by year
11.Cumulative Satellite Contract Awards (prior five years)
12.Annual Number of Satellites and Launches
13.Satellites per launch
14.Manufacturers market share by year
15.Space Manufacturer Revenues
16.Total Revenue of the Top 50 Space Manufacturers
17.Annual Number of Satellites Ordered and Launched
18.Satellite Delivery Schedule Trends
19.Satellite Delivery Plans versus Actual Performance
20.Specific Cost of Satellites (Price versus Mass)
21.Transponders Retired, Ordered, and Launched by Year
22.Transponders Ordered and Launched by year with Forecast
23.Transponder Supply and Demand
24.Transponders per Satellite Trend
25.Number of Satellite and Launch Vehicle Failures
26.Insurance Premium Trends
27.Satellite Power Growth Trend
28.Satellite Mass Growth Trend
29.Average Satellite Mass Growth
30.Satellite Design Lifetime Trends
31.Specific Satellite Cost
32. Inflation Creeping into Satellite Procurements
Communication Satellite Databases is offered as a complete, unbroken set. The entire product consists of Chapters A to D. The new product is provided as files on a CD Rom, with an Adobe Acrobat version of the report that can be printed by the end user. This substantially reduces shipping costs. The Special Reduced Price for the initial Communication Satellite Database set is US$1642.50, FOB Palos Verdes, California. Complete updates are available for $1095.00 plus shipping within 5 years of the original purchase date.
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