Prominent Satellite Innovations to Anticipate Beyond 2022

Future satellites will concentrate on the ocean and atmospheric data.

FREMONT, CA: Technological advancements in satellites enable all progress in the space sector. Small satellites, particularly NanoSats, are driving the next generation of satellite capabilities and are the most significant satellite developments. As a result, smallsat manufacturing costs are paving the way for satellite mass production. Using satellite Internet of Things (IoT) allows for unparalleled connection across industries and empowers 5G and the next generation of wireless networks (Wi-Fi and LTE). Ground stations and orbital services are being improved simultaneously by satellite manufacturers and operators. Satellites can execute more sophisticated tasks autonomously thanks to digitized payloads, propulsion systems, and technologies like artificial intelligence (AI). A new era of intelligent satellites is beginning, thanks to rising government and private sector investments in satellite production, operations, and services.

Satellite IoT

Since satellites provide far more coverage than the current terrestrial infrastructure, the need for satellite-enabled Internet of Things is rising. Satellite IoT is being propelled forward by government and business sector investments in linked solutions using satellite technology. Satellite-based, precise, and real-time asset tracking, monitoring, and remote surveillance are standard features of commercial IoT solutions. Advanced devices and sensor technologies also facilitate satellite-based cloud and edge computing capabilities. Satellite IoT has seen some of its most significant advancements in military and defense applications. Land and sea cables, for example, are frequently used since terrestrial communication networks have poor coverage in remote areas. Satellite IoT can be used as a backhaul for terrestrial networks, enhancing the entire Internet of Things infrastructure.

In-Orbit Services

Servicing orbiting satellites and cleaning space are two of the biggest problems that affect satellite performance in space. Satellite operators are turning to space situational awareness (SSA) to keep track of and remove junk from orbit. Increasing the lifespan of existing satellites is another satellite decluttering technology. Decommissioning satellites using startup technologies such as self-destruction is proving to be a viable option for the future of space. Mission extension vehicles, also known as space tugs, assist startups and scaleups in maintaining satellites in orbit. Other in-orbit services include payload and cargo delivery vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles. In-orbit satellite servicing and repairs are now made possible by autonomous robotic technology, enhancing satellite maintenance efficiency even more.

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