LEOs are transforming the satellite industry, and the ground segment is no different. While the opportunity for equipment vendors is massive, it is not absent of risks. Non-GEOs will certainly unlock new areas of growth where equipment vendors can capture a portion of the value. However, participating in the NGSO ecosystem requires heavy R&D efforts.
[NSR] discusses the Satellite Ground Segment’s COVID-19 recovery in his SatNews article. The Satellite Ground Segment has been one of the hardest-hit steps in the value chain brought about by the pandemic. With many deployments and new deals halted due to lockdowns, equipment could not be shipped, and revenues were not generated. But COVID-19 also.
In comparison, the “ground” segment in the industry is just beginning to ramp up, with relatively slower developments, in part due to the siloed nature of advancements at a components and sub-systems level.