Constellations of satellites equipped with optical technology, radar or radio frequency monitoring are expected to grow to more than 1,000 in orbit, said Dallas Kasaboski, senior analyst at Northern Sky Research.
In the business of Earth Observation, positioning is just as key. While the industry is well-established, with imagery setting the pace and breaking away as the front-runner, a non-imagery market is emerging.
Need for Connectivity Only Grows for both COMSATCOM and MILSATCOM Assets, but Slowdown Potential in Medium to Longer Term
NSR expects data demand to grow at double-digit rates annually from 2019 to 2029, according to “Satcom Reality Check,” a July 1 blog from Lluc Palerm, NSR senior analyst.
Smallsat constellations for IoT have been planned for years, and launches are finally happening with constellations beginning to offer commercial services. Once dismissed as hype – the planning of these constellations has come a long way.