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Top U.S. Space Companies Record Strong 2005 Financial Performances

The four largest U.S.-based space companies, Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Raytheon Co., generally posted strong performances in 2005 thanks to continued strong government work and a resurgence in commercial space activity. Boeing Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), which includes the company’s space operations, reported a 1 percent increase in revenue […]

By | February 6, 2006

Via Satellite’s Satellite Executive Of The Year: Jean-Yves Le Gall

by Nick Mitsis As the CEO of Arianespace, Jean-Yves Le Gall shepherded the European launch services company in 2005 through one of the most challenging periods it has faced since its inception 25 years ago. Arianespace entered 2005 at its lowest point and ended the year on a significant high note, all while building its […]

By | February 1, 2006

Satellite Executive of the Year 2005…Our Nominees Are

By Nick Mitsis and Jason Bates In a year dominated by IPOs and high-profile mergers, it is easy to characterize 2005 as a year of beginnings instead of a year of accomplishments. True, those business ventures that grabbed daily headlines are signs of greater things to come, but some significant events will indeed hallmark 2005, […]

By | January 2, 2006

Global Satellite Communications: Measuring The State Of The Industry

By Nick Mitsis With new management entering the communications satellite industry, business is centering more on exploiting its current assets and less on introducing new hardware. Once again, Via Satellite takes a closer look at the industry developments that shaped business endeavors in 2004. Allowing the numbers to tell the tale, the research results, along […]

By | July 1, 2005

Many Questions Left Unanswered

By Nick Mitsis As we were going to press, the two largest U.S. military contractors, Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp., announced the formation of a joint venture, United Launch Alliance, which combines their once competitive rockets into one family to provide launch services for the U.S. Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space […]

By | June 1, 2005

Launchers: Competing For Customer Satisfaction

By Julie Blondeau An atmosphere of stiff competition remains overhead as global launch service providers continue to race against time and win as many contracts as possible in today’s lackluster market. More importantly, however, each of the players is now more focused on customer satisfaction than ever before. There is no room for error in […]

By | March 1, 2005

Dollars And Sense: Security And The Space Business

by Owen D. Kurtin The re-election of President George W. Bush means that a continued heightened governmental focus on the security aspects of the satellite business to the potential detriment of commercial considerations may be expected. The principal flashpoint for security and commerce issues is technology exports. The commercial health of the satellite manufacturing and […]

By | January 3, 2005

Editor’s Insight: Outlook Remains The Same For Satellite Industry Operations

by Nick Mitsis Even though increased business applications have emerged within key markets for executives in the global satellite communications industry, the operational side of the satellite arena is slated to remain the same for the near term. From satellite operators and spacecraft manufacturers to the launch service providers, the trends of 2004 will likely […]

By | December 1, 2004

Via Satellite’s Global Satellite Survey

After years of economic malaise, stalled business plans and a lackluster air enveloping the global commercial satellite industry environment, executives began to gain momentum as the economy strengthened, and business began churning again within the boardrooms. One of the most important shifts toward positive business in 2003 came from the return of the financial market […]

By | July 1, 2004

The Launch Industry: Navigating The Negotiation Table

By Kelly Holder Back in the 1990s money, along with champagne, was flowing through the halls of launch vehicle companies and the global satellite industry at large. Times were good. Those years experienced a significant increase in the number of commercial launches and everyone hoped it would last. This flow of steady business propelled the […]

By | April 1, 2004

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