A 2018 edition of Satellite Beach Books was released, but it’s still worth reading the book for its fascinating analysis of satellite industry trends, including what’s going on with the US government’s effort to create an industry in space.
As part of that effort, the US Air Force is developing an experimental satellite-based communications satellite, and the company that built it, SkySat, has been granted $3 billion in government contracts.
The book also looks at the ways in which the US military is developing and deploying satellite technologies, including a “flying fortress” project called the Atlas V. It also looks forward to the day when it will be able to launch satellites into space.
As a result, the book looks at a variety of topics, including the history of satellite development, how satellite companies are developing new technologies, the business model of satellite companies, the challenges of operating satellites, and how a new satellite-building industry is coming to the US.
It concludes that the US is headed for a future where satellites will be a part of our daily lives, and it offers an important roadmap to the development of a thriving new space industry.
The book has a lot to say about the future of space, including an excellent section on the future potential of the US space industry and the need for US companies to develop new technologies.
It’s well worth reading, but its best to check out the book on its own merits, rather than trying to follow the book as it goes along.
A lot of this information is available in the book’s companion blog post, which also contains links to more information about the book and SkySat’s work.