This past Sunday, NASA’s Artemis I mission splashed down in the Pacific Ocean. It was an historic occasion, both the 50th anniversary of the last human lunar landing, as well as a milestone marking the beginning of NASA’s return to the Moon. Days before, Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, revealed his 8-person crew to accompany him.
Unlike technically proven (FSS-band) LEO-HTS satcom constellations requiring communication terminals, these new initiatives aim to deliver on the promise of direct satellite-to-regular-handset communications through cellular and MSS spectrum in areas unreachable by existing cell towers. Yet, architectural facets drive a wide set of capabilities ranging from asynchronous emergency texting to continuous voice and broadband data connectivity.
NSR said this deal validates the ongoing relationship that Google has with SpaceX, as it has invested in the company in the past. Also, SpaceX’s partnerships with both Google Cloud and Microsoft demonstrate a hybrid, multi-cloud approach from the satellite operator, looking to make its Starlink system interoperable with different systems.
The spectacular night sky and mysteries of space have never ceased to fascinate us since our childhood days of stargazing. However, for some, the fascination continues beyond the early years. Space exploration, which started in the public sector in the 1950s, now has an increasing number of private players participating in it. India Today takes.
NSR commenting on market diversification opportunities as SpaceX targets satellite mobility operators with Starlink expansion. “Right now, there really isn’t a high-bandwidth/low latency form factor solution for that market segment that would match the terminal form factor of Starlink,”