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  • With Smallsats, Can 1 + 1 = 3?

    Mar 21st, 2018 by Carolyn Belle   More from this Analyst | Profile

    Attendance at last week’s SATELLITE 2018 in Washington, D.C. demonstrated the expansion of the traditionally GEO communications focused satellite industry to a more diverse collection of players and applications. Discussions of broadband connectivity, the potential of Big Data, and cost reduction involved established and emerging players alike, with smallsats entering the dialogue more than ever before. Given the challenges and opportunities facing the satellite industry today, can more…

  • Scaling Up FPAs

    Mar 14th, 2018 by Dallas Kasaboski   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The satellite communications industry faces a considerable challenge ahead: deploying the ground segment to tap into the huge bandwidth coming from future systems. So much so that many of the discussions at the Satellite 2018 conference underway in Washington, D.C. center on the ground segment with announcements from ViaSat, GetSAT, Kymeta, and other manufacturers. While satellite operators are shifting their focus to LEO constellations, ground equipment vendors are working to develop…

  • China's LEO Constellation Ambitions

    Mar 6th, 2018 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    In late-February 2018, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) announced plans to build a constellation of 300 small satellites in LEO for global communications and other services. The Hongyan (translated as “wild goose”) constellation, which is targeted to be operational by 2021, was originally designed for 60 satellites. The current plan expands to 300 satellites reportedly due in part to a deal with Thailand Kasetsart University and the China Great Wall Industry…