Commercial Satellites

  • satellite image courtesy of NOAA

    Report

    A Safe Way to Implement a Database of Satellite Anomalies

    Satellite anomalies are malfunctions caused by solar particles, cosmic rays, or even space debris. A shared database could help identify solutions to prolong the lifetime of spacecraft that experience problems, and could be implemented in a way that would protect the privacy of the satellite operators.

    Jun 2, 2014

  • A United Launch Alliance Delta IV-Medium rocket carrying the fourth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite

    Commentary

    Intelsat Crash a Setback for Space Lift Competition

    Sea Launch's recent failure means more than just a lost payload and revenue for Intelsat: It means the status quo for launch services will continue for a while longer, write Dave Baiocchi and William Welser.

    Feb 12, 2013

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: Vol. 35, No. 1, Spring 2011

    Stories discuss gays in the military, police recruitment, home health care, breast cancer, health insurance exchanges, alternative fuels, refinery taxes, alcohol prices, outer space debris, mental illness, diplomatic trends, and health care costs.

    Apr 29, 2011

  • Report

    Optimal Commercial Satellite Leasing Strategies

    A "rule of thumb" is set forth that communications planners can use in making efficient satellite leasing decisions while facing uncertain demand for satellite services.

    Jan 1, 2003

  • Report

    U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite Industry: An Analysis of Risks

    American firms have begun to operate their own imaging satellite systems, aiming to become an important part of the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • Report

    Employing Commercial Satellite Communications: Wideband Investment Options for the Department of Defense

    This report assesses military use of commercial wideband satellites by evaluating their effectiveness across several characteristics defined by the United States Space Command.

    Jan 1, 2000

  • Report

    Commercial and Military Communication Satellite Acquisition Practices

    ... tests the contention that the commercial sector consistently manages acquisition programs better than the military.

    Jan 1, 1985

  • Report

    Joint Cost and Price Discrimination: The Problem of Communications Satellites.

    An examination of the potential conflict over the pricing of communications satellites. Following a brief description of satellite technology and institutional arrangements for developing and operating a commercial system, the cost structure is analy...

    Jan 1, 1963

  • Report

    The Commercial Uses of Communications Satellites.

    A study of the economics of supplying direct communication services to underdeveloped countries. Comparing the costs of satellite transmission with those of land microwave (for television and telephone) and with shipment of film (for television), th...

    Jan 1, 1962

  • Content

    David A. Galvan

    Associate Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in geophysics and space physics, UCLA; M.S. in geophysics and space physics, UCLA; B.S. in physics, UC San Diego

  • Content

    Chad J. R. Ohlandt

    Senior Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering and scientific computing, University of Michigan; M.S. in aerospace engineering, Pennsylvania State University; S.B. in astronautical engineering, M.I.T.

  • Periodical

    RAND Review: Spring 2011

    Stories discuss gays in the military, police recruitment, home health care, breast cancer, health insurance exchanges, alternative fuels, refinery taxes, alcohol prices, outer space debris, mental illness, diplomatic trends, and health care costs.

  • Periodical

    News: Outer space debris

    A growing amount of space junk has been clogging Earth's orbit ever since the launch of Sputnik in 1957. Oddly, the lessons learned from BP's Deepwater Horizon spill may hold clues for addressing this space debris.