A successful launch Thursday would “surely put SpaceX in the lead,”. But [NSR] has raised questions about whether SpaceX is wise to plan a constellation of satellites that could eventually total 12,000.
The Maritime Satellite Communications market is at a crossroad; more capacity is available in all frequencies and orbits thanks to Iridium’s recently launched Certus plans, VSAT terminals are getting lighter and cheaper, and end-users continue to find value in some flavor of higher throughput connectivity.
At the recent Satellite 2019 and the AIX 2019 conferences, there were many discussions centered on enhancing the passenger experience and, in the process, monetizing what is still today relatively low returns on IFC investments by airlines.
The next set of standards ruling mobile networks, 5G, has the potential to change the way we interact and perceive the world to make it a digital experience. Multiple exotic use cases have created a ton of buzz, sometimes highlighting capabilities that at first glance might seem incompatible with satellites.
A successful launch this month would “surely put SpaceX in the lead,” said Shagun Sachdeva, an analyst at Northern Sky Research.