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Great article about how Echostar and DirecTv are two of the few to make it in the 'space' industry.

Loral
Lockheed
Boeing
TRW
Telecom Italia
Alcatel
Motorola
Qualcomm
Globestar
and Iridium

All have failed in space. Up and comers could include Space Imaging and satelite radio

How an Industry's High Hopes To Profit in Space Fell to Earth

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All too often, the allure of space seemed to overwhelm common sense. "People were trying to make space do too many things," says Frank Lanza, who previously worked at both Lockheed and Loral and is now chairman of New York-based aerospace supplier L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. "That's why there has been a roll call of failures."

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Some ventures have succeeded. Traditional video services, in which satellites distribute cable and news programming to ground facilities that then send it on to customers, are flourishing. Direct-to-home broadcasters such as Hughes Electronics Corp. and EchoStar Communications Corp. have managed to prosper partly by snaring disgruntled cable customers. Satellite radio programming may yet become a winner if auto makers continue to support it with funding and marketing.
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