SatMagazine:NSR INSIGHTS: Finally Time For Optical SATCOM ?
NSR discussed whether the time for optical SATCOM is much closer than ever before realized. Commercially, today the market is in the process of customer trials, with equipment manufacturers dedicating intensive capital resources toward their production lines to meet the oncoming constellation and UAS demand. Within five years, a greater supply of space-verified and competitive laser communication equipment (for all sizes) will enter the market, as seen from planned demos and funding announcements. According to NSR’s recently published Optical Satcom Markets, 3rd Edition report, the market for laser comm terminals represents a $3 billion opportunity over the next ten years.