Date:Wednesday, 23 January 2019
Location:South Pacific 1
WEB_DESC:The concept of using constellations of satellites in non-geostationary orbits has been all the rage in the satellite industry for the last several years. This movement builds upon the first generation of constellations launched in the 1990s and before, mostly for mobile communications. Advances in technology, especially miniaturization and the rethinking of conventional design and parts philosophies, however, have led to new approaches and new challenges. Dozens of proposals for constellations providing all manner of space-based services, from earth observation to broadband telecom and even Internet-of-Things monitoring have been floated. Some are now beginning to launch and others, which could have a profound impact on not just the satellite industry but the global telecom industry, are getting closer to the launch pad. In the meantime, as the classical geostationary operators appear to be retrenching while waiting to gauge the success of these non-geostationary systems, new ways to exploit the Clarke Orbit are also being pursued. This panel will review the progress of key proposals and systems and look at their ongoing challenges and successes.