The satellite industry is moving toward higher performance in lower orbits. Here’s a look at what the ground segment is doing to meet the challenges of the multi-orbit era.
Via Satellite highlights nine executive leaders to pay attention to as we move forward into the future space economy.
Iridium COO Suzi McBride talks about how Iridium plans to deal with incoming competition, and how the operator will fit in with an evolving space industry.
The newest military branch was formed to improve the way the U.S. military buys space systems. Two years in, is the Space Force moving in the right direction?
Unprecedented automation, software-defined designs and modular systems: New levels of innovation are on the rise in tandem with LEO satellites.
As we get set for a new decade, we bring back one of our most popular features listing the 10 hottest companies in satellite. For this year’s list, the editors of Via Satellite selected 10 new companies from a range spanning traditional powerhouses to start-up entrants. Here are the companies we have chosen.
Facebook is one of the most recognized companies, with a mission to connect everyone. In this interview, Dan Rabinovitsj, Facebook’s vice president of Connectivity, shares how satellite technology can play a role in Facebook’s mission to connect the world.
As global economic activity recovers from an extended slowdown, companies across the satellite sector are returning to their normal activities. For launch vehicle operators developing new rockets, the impact of 2020 was not uniform. Many of the development plans experienced delays, but the push to first flight and market entry continues. The question for many is, what does the launch market look like going forward?
Satellites provide an invaluable, bird's-eye view of planet Earth. But how — and how quickly — will the data materialize into meaningful actions?
Via Satellite’s annual “must-watch” list returns with the year’s most ambitious and buzz-worthy space companies. Will they meet our high expectations?
From widebeam megahertz pricing to HTS gigabits to ultra-local supply and demand LEO factors; technological leaps drive the need to assess pricing in new ways.
In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) providers have felt the sting of serving one of the sectors hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most are confident, however, that the effects are temporary and as air travel returns, demand for on-board Wi-Fi will be even higher than it was before the global health crisis.
Over the next two years, the Defense Department will launch the first of hundreds of small satellites populating Low Earth Orbit, that can directly link to and benefit from the megaconstellations being built by SpaceX, Telesat, and other commercial vendors. Its level of success could radically change the military satellite industry.
Startup Space entrepreneur pitch contest has become both a must-win for the aerospace industry’s new entrants and a must-attend for its most active investors. In this feature, we introduce you to the seven companies looking to make a splash at Startup Space 2021.
Big insurance and financial services firms have used satellite Earth Observation imagery for a decade or more, but over the past few years the market has ballooned — driven as much by advances in Earth-bound technology as by changes in orbit. A new generation of startups now sell subscription-based access to geospatial data, adding value to satellite imagery with cloud-based AI-powered automated analytics, and offering a menu of services tailored to industry use cases.
The future will be driven by flexible satellites that can refresh and reconfigure themselves on demand. Startups and legacy satcoms are ready.
Everyone loves an upgrade, whether it’s the latest iPhone or a new car. Satellite customers also want more from their technology partners. But, what do they want and what will satellite technology players deliver in 2021 and how do they see the market for new technology in wake of the new normal?
In September, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a Space Policy Directive establishing the first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for space systems in the U.S., a landmark piece of space policy that will play a key role in the protection of U.S. space systems and assets. It shows the importance of keeping space based assets secure. The question now, is what the satellite industry can do to make sure it stays ahead of the curve.
Satellite leaders share in their own words how they are using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to make a difference in the industry.
Connecting commercial and cruising ships has been a strong growth market for the satellite industry over recent years, as companies in this sector have seen their needs for connectivity spike up. However, as COVID-19 has hit, every sector has been impacted in some way. How will the marriage between satellite and maritime evolve as a result?
L3Harris’ Fast-Forward Approach to Space Antenna Design
As we start a new decade, we take one final look at the year that was 2019 as we look to choose our latest Satellite Executive of the Year.
Falling orders for large commercial GEO satellites have given rise to new business models, with manufacturers changing the way they see the industry.
Despite the recent demise of LeoSat, the LEO market continues on unabated, with many ambitious plays still underway. But who is launching what, and when?
The small satellite industry is set to flourish, but the availability of timely and cost-effective launch services remains a major bottleneck. Launch providers agree that the coming era will require new approaches.
It is all about Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) in this edition. LEO is the revolution that is happening in our industry, as numerous operators launch an unprecedented number of satellites.
The global satellite communications industry is undergoing rapid change today, with price declines, large increases in capacity volumes, and a general pivot of the satellite operator business model towards selling lots of Mbps, as opposed to relatively few MHz.
Little more than a year ago, in December 2018, satellite owner operators gathered with Air Force Space Command leaders in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to talk about the “holy grail” of military communications: a seamless architecture of networked commercial and government satellites.
SATELLITE 2020 will be the 39th annual gathering of the world’s largest and most influential leaders in commercial space. The week-long conference and exhibition is designed to be a platform to share ideas, to educate the market on new technologies, to address the industry’s most critical challenges, and to reconnect the satellite community with its commercial, enterprise, and government customers.
Antenna and gateway technology will play a crucial role as the industry moves into the LEO era.
The 2020s will be a decade of slowing economic growth, especially in the developed world. That means the emerging economies — particularly in Asia — will continue to represent an ever-growing proportion of the global economy. But the largely unforeseeable effects of accelerating technological advances and the more predictable impacts of climate change add complexity to the already fraught business of economic prediction.
The iteration of HTS systems promise big. Here’s a short list of high-profile developments in HTS from satellite manufacturers: Thales Alenia Space: Eutelsat Communications ordered a next-generation VHTS satellite system named Konnect VHTS in 2018 to support the development of its European fixed broadband and in-flight connectivity. The satellite, due to enter into service in 2021, weighs 6.3 tons and possesses a Ka-band capacity of 500 Gbps. Viasat: The company is currently working on ViaSat-3, a trio of ultra-high-capacity satellites which will deliver capacity over one terabit per second. There will be three ViaSat-3 class satellites: one over the Americas, a second over Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and a third over Asia Pacific (APAC). All three satellites will be on orbit by the end of calendar year 2022. Hughes: Building on the success of its Jupiter 2 HTS, Hughes is building out an ultra-high density satellite named JUPITER 3 (designated EchoStar XXIV), expected to launch in 2021. Inmarsat: Following the launch of its fifth Global XPress satellite — the GX5 satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space — in November, Inmarsat is planning to launch seven additional GX payloads over the coming four years. This includes two payloads dedicated to the Arctic region.
From major acquisitions to key technological achievements, 2019 had a bit of everything. It was the year where space became a bigger part of the mainstream consciousness, as there were many momentous events. But, what were they and what was their significance?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) on ground and on orbit may forge a new era of information, with only the most relevant data increasingly brought forward.
Unstable operators’ business cases together with advances in digital technology impel satellite manufacturers to provide software-defined solutions that would be cheaper and more flexible than traditional satellites.
The third iteration of CyberSat begins in November, where members of the satellite, end user, and cyber communities will get together to discuss the threat landscape and vectors for a cybersecurity attack on satellites. We talk to some of experts of the CyberSat advisory board about major threats to the sector.
The satellite industry is reaching a tipping point in the business model it uses to sell connectivity to mobile networks. As costs have tumbled, and technological advances have driven up bandwidth and quality, demand from mobile operators is rising. And increasingly, that demand is driven, not by regulatory requirements or government subsidies, but by profit — mobile operators can make money using cellular backhaul to reach new consumers with premium-priced 4G services.
Lowering the cost of services seems to be the mantra of satcom providers, but there is one segment that bucks the trend. In luxury yachting, money is not an issue, and all the customer wants is a better, faster service.
The satellite industry is in a state of flux. The numbers of new GEO satellites being ordered is reaching all-time lows. The question is how will operators around the world react to these changes. While the big operator’s strategies are well-known, how will the second tier of satellite operators look to grow their businesses in this challenging environment? Here we talk to some operators to find out.
The flurry of plans and aspirations for Low-Earth Orbit constellations are very real, yet, the ground segment is taking a more down-to-earth stance, with amplifier manufacturers still seeing longevity in the Geostationary Orbit satellite market.
As the world looks to the stars to test technology, advance science, and build an economic engine to get to the moon and beyond, space tourism will play an important role. But, giving private citizens the view of a lifetime comes at a cost. What are the risks and the opportunities? Via Space asks early movers to share how they see the industry unfolding — as a new space race takes hold, driven not by governments, but by visionary entrepreneurs seeking to make space accessible to everyone.
The number of satellites in orbit is expected to rise considerably in the upcoming decade. More satellites mean more debris and that means a greater risk of collisions. The space industry is therefore looking for ways to safeguard space operations for years to come.
If you were to write an article about the “lunar economy” a few years ago, most people would have thought you were watching too many science fiction movies — or, were just a little crazy. But with the industry’s acceleration over the past several years, it seems as the development of a lunar economy will happen within our lifetimes.
From supporting military operations to enabling communications in remote areas of the world, Harris’ space antenna reflector solutions have had far-reaching global impact over the past four decades. Most recently, the company is celebrating production of its 100th unfurlable mesh reflector, unmatched on-orbit success and design options, and the spirit of innovation that is enabling Harris to meet evolving customer needs.
How will satellite operators and service providers harness the power of current and future capacity to most efficiently run their networks and capitalize on growth opportunities? The answer hinges on three factors.
Now that satellite operators have some experience operating HTS systems, the time is right to review applications that best lend themselves to HTS services, the impact HTS systems are having on the overall market, and the actual financial performance of HTS systems against pre-launch projections.
High Throughput Satellites (HTS) have ushered in a major overhaul of ground infrastructure. Addressing the new principles of satellite design and the requirements that go with it, ground segment players have created tools that are as cutting-edge as they are crucial to delivering HTS’ promise.
SmallSats are spurring innovation across the industry including on the ground segment, which will ultimately influence all operators, regardless of size.
With new 4K channels being launched in Europe, the broadcast industry has made a significant breakthrough. Key players are expecting to see swelling demand in Ultra-HD.
A new wave of technology and service innovation is set to make VSAT more affordable and easier to install, while delivering greater business value.
Space is no longer the domain of a few powerful nations. Every year new countries are launching satellites of their own for everything from telecommunications to Earth observation and space exploration. Via Satellite spoke with five of the top emerging space agencies in the world, and listened to leaders as they detailed their vision for the future.
On Saturday March 8, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) took off from Kuala Lumpur heading to Beijing. No one knows the fate of the aircraft and the 239 people (227 passengers and 12 crew) on board or what actually happened; but Inmarsat came to the spotlight by providing vital information for the search. In an exclusive interview with Via Satellite, Mark Dickinson VP of satellite operations at Inmarsat, reveals the intense story behind the search for MH370.
In many corners of the world, students are getting a better quality of education due to the influence of satellite technology. We explore satellite’s important role connecting students to the materials that enable them to better prepare for the future.
Similar to the telegraph, telephone and radio before them, communication satellites have transformed humankind's ability to share information around the globe. At the forefront of the space-based telecommunications revolution is Lockheed Martin's A2100 satellite platform.
Ultra-HD, or 4K, is no longer a mere talking point. Once far off on the digital horizon, 4K is quickly rising to become the preferred format for watching video. Now, on the precipice of true recognition in several parts of the world, consumers are warming to even higher quality video, and industry is hurrying to provide it.
Mark Dankberg is one of the foremost entrepreneurs in the satellite sector and his company ViaSat has been pushing boundaries in the industry over the last three decades. We take a different look at the ViaSat story and find out how Dankberg found himself at the center of the satellite sector as one of the key voices in the industry.
In terms of growth markets for satellite, cellular backhaul frequently comes up in conversations. Via Satellite reached out to a multitude of end users to see whether the demands for capacity in this market are as strong as the satellite industry hope they are, and whether it will live up to the hype.
SES and SpaceX made history with the launch of the SES 8 satellite — the first GTO mission fro SpaceX ever. At a stroke, SpaceX has now become a legitimate force in the launch services industry.