In theory, radar imagery for Earth Observation is far superior to optical. With imagery capable of capturing scenes at night and penetrating clouds, SAR overcomes many challenges inherent to imaging the Earth with passive optical sensors. It would seem that investors are banking on these capabilities for increased coverage and insights from SAR imagery given.
With 2018 posting a net-positive gain in revenues over 2017, there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the prospects of this market, finally. Setting aside conversations around “Space Force,” or the unexpected allotment of funds toward WGS 11/12, or the additional MILSATCOM procurement happening in Europe, or… well, the list can go on.
Growth will remain modest across the traditional land mobile market; however, there is significant upside potential to connect vehicles — most notably buses, trains and cars with high speed, always on connectivity combining IoT type applications with in-vehicle hotspot internet. While cars have the greatest addressable market, connected trains and buses are a much surer.
Brad Grady in Kratos Constellations Podcast — Software Defined Capabilities, MILSATCOM Capacity and Commercial Opportunity
Connected Vehicles Continue to Generate Buzz, but Hurdles Remain to Widescale Adoption Cambridge, MA – NSR’s Land Mobile via Satellite, 6th Edition (LMvS6), released today, forecasts the markets to yield $18 billion in cumulative retail revenues from the satcom land mobile markets, and annual retail equipment revenues to quadruple from $92 million in 2017 to $376.