Near-misses are nothing new, but with over 8,000 smallsats to be launched in the next decade, the chances of collision will continue to rise. Results would be disruptive, to say the least, and not the way the satellite industry tends to endorse. Extraneous satellite maneuvers, malfunction, orbital debris, loss of orbital slot, change in launch trajectory & schedule; these would be the minor consequences.
While generally not driving as much hype as other technology trends in the satellite ecosystem, Ground Segment virtualization is arguably one of the most critical transformations the industry will experience in the coming years, as noted in NSR’s Commercial Satellite Ground Segment, 4th Edition report. Key to enabling scalability and flexibility of the networks, infrastructure vendors, integrators and operators are racing to adopt a new virtual framework. What are the key aspects of this transition?
Financial markets have had an oversized impact on the satcom industry of late. We have observed an alarming 35%-50% decline in stock prices of SES, Intelsat, Eutelsat and ViaSat in just over a month.
“Competition to grab market share has slowed considerably compared to 2017-18, as operators look to touch base with P&L fundamentals by tiering capacity. Maritime is witnessing a boost in demand, while Aero looks to post the highest growth in the segment, bringing much-needed pricing stability, and a return to double-digit growth for network wholesale revenues,”.
The satellite industry is in the midst of the largest transformation since the inception of satellite communications over five decades ago. In this new era that can be referred to as “the 21st-century Space Race”, innovations in space technology have converged to pave the way for a truly disrupt-able environment.