Satellite servicing has always intrigued me. It all seems very space age, being able to service a satellite like you would an automobile or a plane. I have been somewhat sceptical about it, given that we have been talking about satellite service for a long time . But, it seems that I and other doubters will be proven wrong over the next two years. In this edition, we look at a number of inter-connecting issues related to satellite servicing. We also look at space debris and the challenges of building satellites cheaper and faster to more demanding customers.
Our cover story sees us talk to one of the United States’ major airlines and pioneers in terms of In Flight Connectivity (IFC). We talk to Mariya Stoyanova, JetBlue’s head of product development, about the airline’s plans to develop its connectivity roadmap — and what it is looking for from the satellite industry to enable these ambitious plans. JetBlue is definitely not the biggest airline in North America, but in terms of connectivity, it is one of the most talked about — perhaps even a trendsetter. We hope you hear enjoying from a key end user about how they see satellite technology.
As most of you know, our SATELLITE show is in May this year (not March,) so we should have some nice weather in Washington, D.C. We are also introducing (or should I say re-introducing) a new award which will hopefully become a fixture of the event. Our revamped Satellite Technology Company of the Year Award aims to reward and recognize a company that has made a huge technological difference. And the best thing? You can vote on the winner by visitng our website: www.viasatellite.com/award
We hope you enjoy this edition of Via Satellite and we look forward to working with you throughout 2019!