A superconducting paradigm for the satellite industry

30 June 2023 | Research

Dallas Kasaboski

Perspective | PDF (10 pages)


The global satellite manufacturing industry is an important component of the broader space economy. Its expansion has been fuelled by technological advancements, increased demand for communication services, and higher interest in lunar and Mars missions.

We will delve into the various aspects of this burgeoning industry in this paper by looking at satellite manufacturing trends, market sizes for Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and non-GEO satellites, and specific trends in mass classes. The overall picture will then guide us to understand better force-generating technologies like propulsion systems, thrusters, flywheels, and magnetorquers and how superconductors are playing an increasingly important role in the satellite industry for better performance of spacecrafts.

This report includes discussion of the following topics

  • Satellite manufacturing trends
    • A shift in satellite masses
    • GEO and non-GEO markets growing
    • Mass class trends
  • Zenno Astronautics Limited
    • Zenno technology
    • Outclassing existing markets via Zenno technologies
    • Creating and extending upcoming markets via Zenno technologies

A superconducting paradigm for the satellite industry