As 2017 begins, Northern Sky Research senior analyst Blaine Curcio notes we are entering a peculiar phase in the satellite telecommunications industry with the advent and ascension of High Throughput Satellites. The past few years have seen a great number of GEO-HTS programmes make progress from concept to reality, and above all else, 2017 will be the year that the impact of HTS is understood from a financial perspective.
Starburst Accelerator CEO and founder François Chopard has raised US$200m for a new VC fund to invest in the burgeoning newspace market. Backed by Singapore family office fund Leonie Hill Capital, Starburst Ventures is the largest VC firm with a significant focus on space. SatelliteFinance talks to Chopard to learn more about the market opportunity he believes is yet to be realised as it prepares to make its first investment.