The Most Prominent Technological Advancements in the Satcom Industry

  • The Most Prominent Technological Advancements in the Satcom Industry

With global plans to increase connectivity and refine satellite communication, the satcom industry is revolutionizing and paving the way for the entrance of many new technologies. While some of these technologies are aimed at refining and improving existing connections, some are the key to unlocking a whole new digital era. In our shortlist below, we have shed some light on the major satcom advancements and projects that are expected to bring big changes in the near future.

  1. 5G Rollout
  2. The most anticipated revolution in global interconnectedness is the 5G technology. Backed by Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, 5G technology promises high-speed data transfer that enables the implementation of other futuristic technologies such as AR/VR, IoT, telerobotics, industrial automation and the development of smart cities.

    With increased capacity, 5G technology is accurately poised to change the way we communicate and connect with machines, enabling diverse forms of digital transformations all over the globe.

    Applications of 5G Technology:
    1. Immersive reality
    2. Telerobotics
    3. Real-time high-quality video conferencing
    4. Smart appliances, homes and cities
    5. Precision agriculture
    6. Edge computing

  3. Small Size Satellites
  4. The emergence of miniature size satellites, also known as nanosatellites or smallsats, have opened up vast opportunities to satcom companies by lowering the cost of deployment and simplifying mass production. Moreover, the capabilities that small size satellites deliver are on par with the legacy satellite system, creating scope for faster and more efficient satellite launches. Some examples of small size satellites are Astra Rocket 3.3 and CubeSats.

    Applications of Small Size Satellites:
    1. Data communication
    2. Weather monitoring
    3. Navigation and guidance
    4. Space exploration
    5. Scientific surveillance

  5. Geostationary Satellites
  6. As the name suggests, these satellites stay at a fixed point in space, which is right above the equator. They are also in sync with earth rotation, due to which they appear to be hovering at one point. Being positioned right above the equator, Geostationary satellites are able to provide coverage over a large area of earth, only leaving the central regions of North Pole and South Pole. Due to their wide coverage, they are also replacing LEO satellites in mobile communications.

    Applications of Geostationary Satellites:
    1. Television broadcasting
    2. Weather monitoring and forecasting
    3. Telecommunications
    4. Satellite-based internet services
    5. Remote sensing
    6. Disaster management

  7. KASYMOSA Initiative
  8. The Ka-band Systems for Mobile Satellite Communications (KASYMOSA) initiative was announced by Germany in 2016 in order to make satcom more reliable during events and disasters. The need originated as in disaster situations, rescue teams relied on satellite networks but they faced frequent connection drops because of network overload and ground mobility. As a result, the initiative announced a new antenna system that could provide large-scale connectivity even suitable for mobile use.

    Applications of the KASYMOSA Antenna Systems:
    1. Disaster management
    2. Telemedicine
    3. Precision agriculture
    4. Remote education
    5. Real-time environmental monitoring

  9. NASA STRS Program
  10. Abbreviation for Space Telecommunications Radio System, STRS is NASA’s pioneering program to strengthen ground and space communication for future space missions. At its core, the program emphasizes the use of Software Defined Radio (SDR) to bolster space communication with minimum rework. STRS further lowers the cost of SDR and makes it more accessible for commercial and military use as well.

    Applications of the STRS:
    1. Space exploration
    2. Spacecraft avionics systems
    3. Ground station communication systems
    4. Navigation and guidance systems
    5. Software Defined Radios


Out of the many technological advancements, these were some major advancements that required our consideration. While many of these advancements are already in implementation, they still hold limitless potential to revolutionize the satcom industry and bring more benefits to people. Moreover, as the technology advances, access to reliable satellite communications will also increase, assisting both public and private sectors in providing better security and general services.

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