Case Studies in Commercial Space and Their Future Applications
Co-Chairs: Tara Giunta, Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP; & Susan Irwin, Irwin Communications
Chair Tara Guinta of Paul Hastings, Janofsky & Walker introduced the three presenters from World Space, Wild Blue and Orbital Sciences Corporation, asking each to speak to the origins of their commercial businesses and talk about current operations and applications.
Tedros Lemma explains that Worldspace satellites provide digital audio services to Africa, Europe, Middle East, and most of Asia. He speaks of the company's products and services, collaborations and partnerships in different countries, relations with governments in terms of licensing, and company's growth in terms of business as well as infrastructure.
David Brown reports on Wild Blue, a broadband satellite service aimed at the U.S. consumer market. Wild Blue has two satellites operating entirely in Ka-band. His company is growing fast - adding around 20,000 new subscribers every month - and needs investments to feed this growth.
Carl Marchetto presents the business model for 25-year-old Orbital Sciences with some 3,200 employees. Marchetto focuses on the company's activities, growth, customer needs, and their importance to Orbital. The Q&A round includes discussions of other topics of contemporary business interest.
Tedros Lemma, Vice President, Global Regulatory Affairs, WorldSpace
David Brown, Senior VP and General Counsel, Wild Blue
Carl Marchetto, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Space Systems Group of Orbital Sciences Corporation
Questions and Answers
Commercialization of Space