Similar to the rest of the technology industry, innovations abound in the world of satellite communications. When your organization works in this field, it’s vital to stay abreast of the constant changes in satellite technology. It’s the easiest way to ensure your company’s long-term strategic planning is as effective as possible.
Let’s look more closely at a few of the emerging trends in the satellite technology market. Take notice of these latest innovations to keep your organization ahead of its competition.
Satellite Tech Facilitates the Growth of the IoT
The ubiquitous connectivity offered by Internet of Things (IoT) continues to disrupt multiple industries across the business world. While many of the networked devices in the IoT are terrestrial, satellite technology is also predicted to influence this emerging innovation. Tony Pallone, Editor of the IEEE publication, GlobalSpec, commented on this trend.
“Satellite technology has the potential to be a strong player in Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, along with ‘connecting the unconnected’ in parts of the world where alternative communication paths, at present, simply do not exist.”
In short, satellites simply provide better access to locations generally unreachable using land-based technologies.
Improving Latency with Satellite Communications
Latency is an arguably more important factor than speed when it comes to the IoT. New satellites located in lower Earth orbit (LEO) offer one key in providing the low latency necessary in this area. It is helpful that improved latency is another emerging trend in satellite technology, as these satellites are poised to contribute to IoT networking,
NASA’s STRS Program Getting Ready for Prime Time
NASA’s new Space Telecommunications Radio System (SRTS) entered its initial development phase in 2018. This open system, when ready for full deployment, can be expected to provide a massive improvement in communications between the planet and the International Space Station and more.
Supporting the Rollout of 5G Networks
While 5G is primarily a land-based technology for mobile Internet access, anticipate satellites to contribute to the rollout of networks supporting the new standard. LEO satellites are likely to be used for backhauling scenarios as telecommunications firms build full 5G network ecosystems and remain especially useful in providing coverage to underserved areas.
Satellites are Getting Smaller
SmallSats are defined as satellites weighing less than 500 kg. The SmallSat market is expanding at a great rate, because they are cheaper to both manufacture and launch. This trend is expected to continue.
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