Arianespace successfully launches Morocco’s first reconnaissance satellite


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Capitalism in space: Morocco’s first reconnaissance satellite, built in France, was successfully launched into orbit last night by Arianespace’s Vega rocket.

This was Arianespace’s tenth launch in 2017, one more than its total for 2016 With one more launch scheduled, it appears the company will achieve close to its desired launch rate of one launch per month, despite labor problems in the spring that shut it down for almost two months.

Increasingly, Arianespace’s business (or ArianeGroup, depending on the rocket) seems restricted to European satellites. Its market share of American satellites is more and more being taken by American companies. This doesn’t appear to be reducing the company’s overall launch rate, however, proving once again that competition is not a zero sum game. Introduce it, and instead of the players fighting over a never changing pie of business, the pie grows so that everyone is doing more.

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  • Edward

    Robert Wrote: “proving once again that competition is not a zero sum game. Introduce it, and instead of the players fighting over a never changing pie of business, the pie grows so that everyone is doing more.

    Amen.

    The pie grows:
    http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/bulgaria-credits-spacexs-low-costs-for-making-its-satellite-possible/
    ‘People don’t realize that, for small countries and small companies like us, without SpaceX, there was no way we would ever be able to even think about space,’ Zayakov said. ‘With them, it was possible. We got a project. I think, in the future, it’s going to be even more affordable because of reusability.’

    More people have jobs launching satellites, making satellites, and operating satellites. There is more prosperity for those who get television from those satellites, otherwise they would not buy the service, and maybe even more people are hired to produce even more content for those televisions, further improving the prosperity for the television viewers. As well as the prosperity for those additional employees at the launch, manufacturing, operations and television companies. All these people also enjoy their own share of the expanded pie.

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