On July 30, 1955, the United States announced its determination to launch satellites into space for the International Geophysical Year 1957-1958. Four days later, the Soviet Union announced that it too would soon launch satellites. The “race to space” was on, and for decades the world watched every new launch with fascination.
Today, another space race is unfolding with much less fanfare. NASA describes Low Earth Orbit (LTO) as a commercial economyfull of opportunities for government, academic and especially for-profit businesses.
About 7,500 satellites are already in OTB and this number will literally explode over the next ten years and beyond.
Much of the growth of the commercial economy in OTB is fueled by large constellations of satellites operating in global networks to provide communications, Internet access, Earth observation, weather monitoring, global positioning and other services.
As with any business venture, success in the space depends on applying fundamental, age-old business principles, including the need to maximize value while minimizing cost.
For motors that drive robotic joints and actuators, cryogenic cooling systems, reaction wheels, antennas, solar panels, gyroscopes and other functions, satellite designers must find ways to cut costs one-time engineering costs and implementation times, without compromising performance.
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