If you weren’t one of the 30,000 lucky souls who attended the Satellite Show 2019 in Washington, DC in May of 2019, we have quick audio summary for you.
Constellations is the wildly successful podcast from Kratos. They recorded seven interviews from the floor of the show with topics ranging from flat panel technology to integrated SATCOM architecture.
#1 People, Geography & Business Apps: The Satellite Industry is Changing
Jeff Hill, Conference Chair, SATELLITE 2019
' Yeah, well the industry's becoming more software defined. So it really is getting a lot closer to what you see in Silicon Valley of the typical software company. ' Jeff Hill, Conference Chairman & Executive Editor at Access… Click To Tweet
The satellite industry is becoming more software defined, getting a lot closer to the typical software company one would expect to see in Silicon Valley. Jeff Hill, Conference Chair of Satellite 2019 discusses how the industry is going through significant change, integrating software technologies to improve efficiencies in our industry like machine learning, making satellites cheaper, faster and creating multiple launch options. The satellite industry is becoming as quick and agile as the software industry. Hill discusses how the changes are being driven by people, the inquisitive millennials, the changing geographic contribution to the industry with the rise of strong satellite industries in Europe and Asia. Last, but not least is the explosion in satellite based applications where, in terms of verticals we’re also seeing a lot more diverse end users. Smart agriculture, mining, exploration and insurance are just a few of the industries that are recognizing how important satellite based applications are to their growth and success.
#2 Digitized Payloads, Shapeable Beams and Flexible Gateways
Stewart Sanders: SES
' This satellite is based on fully digitized payload which basically everything is in the chip set . . It's not particularly sexy from that viewpoint. But it packs a heck of a punch. ' Click To Tweet
Stewart Sanders discuss a satellite constellation debuting in MEO based on a fully digitized payload that can give lots of flexibility, especially for manipulating beam-forming phased arrays. Stewart talks about why operating in MEO versus GEO makes sense (hint, for data services where low latency is a major factor, MEO is a better choice.) Stewart also discusses the nature of phased array technology to generate anywhere from one to a very large number of individual beams, as well as a description of how each beam can be weighted, or shaped to any configuration. Satellite networks are becoming more sophisticated with inherent intelligence allowing them to orchestrate solutions based on data needs and the use of flexible gateways. With the added assistance of a system dynamic resource manager (SDRM), the next generation of satellite networking capabilities is on their way to a market near you.
#3 New Space, Changing Face of the Teleport and Space Hubs
Ian Jones – Goonhilly
' If you look at the number of new companies and new space companies that are here, that just weren't here two or three years ago. It is just a testament to the fact that the whole space sector is changing a lot. ' In Jones CEO at… Click To Tweet
The innovations in space… increased satellite capacity and enhanced capabilities are driving teleport operations on the ground to become much more dynamic and agile. Teleport operators are adopting new technologies from cloud to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and exploring a range of business models to meet the changing requirements of a new space world. Ian Jones the founder, Chief Executive and owner of Goonhilly Earth Station is a highly experienced entrepreneur and innovator in the field of satellite communication systems engineering. He will discuss how he helped transform the world’s most famous teleport on the verge of demolition into a modern operation with a vision of becoming a multi-faceted space hub. Goonhilly today is a highly innovative teleport operation addressing today’s new space environment by forging ahead in a number of commercial and scientific endeavors.
#4 Integrated Satcom Architecture, Innovative Acquisition Strategies and War in Space
Pete Hoene – SES Gov’t
' Space debris . . . we're looking at literally hundreds of millions of pieces of debris up there in all sizes. ' Chris Blackerby, Astroscale Click To Tweet
When it comes to space debris, regulations may help with prevention but not the cure. Yet, how do you attempt to regulate something that nobody really owns? Listen to Chris Blackerby discuss how Astroscale has been leading the conversation in terms of policy, technology and who should pay for prevention. Chris talks about regulations that would give the ability to go up and de-orbit debris that has been rotating for years. He describes building capabilities into satellite design that would enable easy removal out of orbit. Although the probability is low, an exploration of how services throughout the world might be affected by a high impact collision is also discussed.
#6 Flat Panel technology, Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESAs) and Transforming Mobile Connectivity
David Helfgott – Phasor
'The idea is, how do you connect high quality, fault-resistant, broadband connectivity to something going 600 miles an hour at 30,000 feet?' David Helfgott, President and CEO, Phasor Click To Tweet
Everyone wants broadband connectivity on the move where ever they are – whether that is on a plane, train or automobile. Find out how flat panel and Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESAs) are bringing digital innovation to previously analog antenna technology to make mobile broadband connectivity a reality. This unique antenna technology is well suited for land-mobile, aeronautical and maritime satellite communication applications. Hear from Dave Helfgott, Chief Executive Officer of Phasor, a leading developer of high throughput, enterprise-grade, modular phased array antennas. Dave is a 20-year industry veteran with extensive experience in satellite broadband, mobile telecommunications as well as commercial and government SATCOM networking services. He will discuss how this advanced technology is ready to transform mobile connectivity.
#7 Smallsats, Laser Links and Optical Comsats
Barry Matsumori – BridgeSat
' if you're going from space to ground, one has to go through atmospheric conditions. And that's the big challenge. And that's the hard problem we try to solve.' Barry Matsumori, CEO at BridgeSat, Inc. Click To Tweet
How about a network with more speed, bandwidth and security than terrestrial fiber? That is the promise of laser communications from space. This is the path that Bridgecomm is trailblazing – enabling future space missions using optical communications solutions through a global network of ground stations and complimentary satellite terminals.
The company is building up a global network of optical ground terminals with stations in Alaska, Hawaii, the Southwest United States, South America, South Africa, Western Australia, Qatar and Sweden. Hear from Barry Matsumori, CEO of Bridgecomm, on how they plan to revolutionize communications while complementing existing RF communication systems.
Barry has an extensive background in the mobile wireless and Space 2.0 sectors. His leadership roles include Senior VP of business development and advanced concepts at Virgin Orbit, Senior VP of sales and business development at SpaceX, and nearly two decades at Qualcomm, where he was VP of Wireless Connectivity.