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Mobility and Transport

Solutions for an ambitious industry

Satellites network the world, provide information about the weather, and are indispensable for modern communication and for global networking. The technology is becoming increasingly complex, sophisticated and expensive. The investment costs for satellites and launch vehicles are in the region of US$ 300m. Financing a venture on this scale requires comprehensive insurance protection.

06.02.2013

New information portal Touch Space Flight

There is scarcely any other class of insurance where the causes of property and liability losses are so varied, or the consequences of malfunctions and system crashes are so far-reaching. With only 25 to 30 launches per year, the insurance industry is confronted here with a group of risks that would hardly be insurable by normal standards. Virtually all satellites are unique and they have never been previously tested under real conditions. Once a satellite is in orbit, it cannot be repaired. Even a small defect can result in a total loss.

Given the uncertain conditions, the task of calculating premiums commensurate with the risks is that much more difficult. It is therefore all the more important to be as painstaking as possible before the launch and to subject all the conceivable technical and financial risks to careful and professional analysis. The experts in the Space Department at Munich Re work closely in this context with clients and brokers.

In our online information portal, Touch Space Flight, we outline the key aspects of space insurance and present our range of services, such as:

- How a careful risk assessment can improve the chances of success for the entire project.
- What our space experts focus on to help avoid property damage and malfunctions
- The phases in which specific hazards can arise, and
- The tailored insurance solutions with which Munich Re supports the aerospace industry.

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