Among SDS units’ main benefits are flexibility. “From an operator standpoint, you gain the ability to change your mission. That’s one of the hardest things about space: once you launch a satellite, your mission is defined for the next five to 15 years. You can change some of its functionality, but really, your mission is.
Flexibility is the greatest driver in the satellite industry. From manufacturing to launch, in-orbit to on-the-ground operation, flexible technologies, pricing, and solutions offer diversity and increase the playing field for competition. Yet, more does not always mean better, and the pace and necessity of flexibility can differ widely from market to market, customer to customer.
Software-defined satellites are a growing trend in the satellite industry, especially in GEO. With SES-17’s successful launch two weeks ago, and Eutelsat Quantum as well back in July, the industry is seeing more fully-flexible satellites in orbit.
NSR’s new report Software-Defined Satellites (SDS), launched today, sees growing satellite flexibility requirements trigger an US$86.9 billion cumulative revenue opportunity by decade’s end. Non-GEO- HTS constellation satellites will lead uptake with 95 percent demonstrating full or partial flexibility as software-defined platforms by 2030. However, operator hesitancy sees only 70 percent of GEO satellite orders to.
Satellite Flexibility Requirements to Dominate Next Decade as Expectations Push Manufacturing Orders Cambridge, MA – October 10, 2021 – NSR’s new report Software-Defined Satellites (SDS), launched today, sees growing satellite flexibility requirements trigger an $86.9 Billion cumulative revenue opportunity by decade’s end. Non-GEO- HTS constellation satellites will lead uptake with 95% demonstrating full or partial flexibility as software-defined platforms by.