An inflection point is coming in the next six to twelve months for the multibillion dollar satellite megaconstellations, when it will become apparent which ones will succeed and which ones “will take a pause or exit,” Chris Baugh, Northern Sky Research president, said Oct. 9 at the Satellite Innovation 2019 conference.
Serious developments have been underway in the high-altitude platforms (HAPs) sector in recent years.
M2M and IoT via satellite has traditionally been dominated by industrial applications, with Transportation, Cargo, Maritime and Energy sectors all primary subscribers to satcom M2M and IoT services.
Northern Sky Research (NSR) estimates that the total global capacity available from the HTS satellite systems will increase from 2 Tbps in 2018 to more than 20 Tbps in 2028, a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent.
Naturally, given their vantage point, satellites stand as one of the key enabling technologies to assist in these efforts, and it’s not just traditional imagery that is called upon to help assess the damage.