Satellite communications is by far the largest segment in terms of data traffic via satellite. Despite major developments in the Earth Observation industry in recent years, data traffic for point-to-point communications via the satellite bent pipe continues to grow rapidly. The cloud is expected to play an increasingly important role across several segments in the.
The Non-GEO satcom market has been highly speculative over the past decade, especially with the upcoming constellations – Starlink, Kuiper, Telesat, OneWeb and others. But in 2020, against COVID-19 odds, the segment has transitioned to a significant level of affirmation with multiple players achieving key milestones with their developments and contract awards. Although there have.
Since then, cloud players have emerged as a key segment to watch out for in the satellite business, first through direct peering partnerships such as Azure ExpressRoute and IBM Direct Link, and more recently, through high profile dedicated business units as in the case of AWS Aerospace and Satellite Solutions and Azure Space.
Non-GEOs continue to make noise, and for the right reasons. With SpaceX launching hundreds of satellites and revealing more info on their user antennas (with Musk admitting that the biggest challenge is cost of user terminals) to OneWeb restarting their production and awaiting a 36-satellite December launch, to Telesat forming a new public company post.
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.