Private, Reusable Rockets Launch Commercial Satellites, Lowering Costs, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

  2017 was expected to set a new record for the number of commercial satellite launches.  Between 2000 and 2010, an average of only 108 satellites were launched per year, according to the Space Foundation.  During 2015, 262 were launched.  A big reason why satellite launches are proliferating is because satellites are becoming much smaller, lighter and cheaper to make, but also because the rockets that blast them into orbit are evolving as well.  There are a small number of companies involved in the development of reusable rockets, led by SpaceX, Boeing, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Blue Origin, among others. …

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