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Archive: January 2016 (X)

  • The Force is Strong with sUAS

    Jan 7th, 2016 by Prateep Basu   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The small UAS (sUAS) industry has grown rapidly since 2012, from being a hobbyist activity to a full-fledged commercial industry. At the beginning of 2015, there were only about a dozen companies that had been approved to fly drones commercially in the U.S. But within a year, that number has skyrocketed up to 2,500+ approved exemptions under Section 333 of the FAA, reflecting the effects of strong lobbying by various industry bodies.

    As the U.S. commercial UAS industry awaits a…

  • As a rather slow-moving year came to an end, the land-mobile satellite market nonetheless saw continued growth in diversification of products and form factors such as hotspot devices, consumer-oriented handheld and push-to-talk (PTT) solutions. All these helped revitalize the MSS equipment ecosystem in a manner that mimics the mobile wireless market and helped spur growth as competitive pressures increased from terrestrial networks.

    In its recently released Land-Mobile & SNG via…

  • 2015 Year in Review, 2016 Year Ahead

    Jan 4th, 2016 by Christopher Baugh   More from this Analyst | Profile

    2015 was a year of significant transition for the satellite market.  HTS endeavors gathered steam, constellations and smallsats were key themes, advances in mobility and manufacturing & launching all were positives for the industry.  However, satellite orders were down significantly, capacity oversupply and pricing remained troublesome, and Newsat’s fall were all reminders of the complex challenges this industry faces. One thing is clear: the satellite market is in the midst of a major…