Software Defined Satellite Market Share and SWOT Analysis

Posted by BIS RSRCH on November 26th, 2020

Owing to the demand for increased versatility and adaptive satellites, there has been a constant alteration in the electronic technologies being deployed in the satellites. Extensive research has been conducted on new global information networks and electronic information management systems so as to focus on providing improved efficiency of the satellite, along with cost and size reduction. Exploring new forms of electronic technologies for components such as antenna, transceivers, amplifiers, on-board data handlers, on-board computers, and satellite sensor and conducting system-level optimization are the major drivers in the satellites industry which can help enable software-defined satellites revolution.

There are significant advancements occurring at present in the antennas utilized in the software-defined satellites. Because of the particularities, satellite communication has special needs in antenna gain, size, weight, sidelobe level, and mobility, to boost the tracking speed of satellite. In March 2018, Taoglas, a leading M2M antenna provider, developed Taoglas Shift, a software-defined antenna, in partnership with Adant Technologies. Due to the advanced beam-steering technology of Adant, the antenna can adapt radiation pattern dynamically in real time and deliver high quality signal propagation and reception. This capability further extends its utilization in stationary and mobile applications. Similar form of transition is witnessed in power systems as well in order to meet the associated cost and weight constraints. For instance, in July 2019, SEAKR Engineering developed digital RF processors for Saturn Satellite Networks, a U.S.-based company planning to develop small geostationary satellites. SEAKR is expected to provide RF processors, which enables highly integrated RF payload due to intact software-defined radio (SDR), while minimizing mass and power of the system. The processor is made with compact design and light-weight materials optimizing size, weight, and power (SWaP) for the satellites.

The strategies employed to gain a significant share in software-defined market, have been varying from mergers to business expansions, and from acquisitions to partnerships. This segment provides comprehensive insights regarding different market development activities that key players in the industry are adopting in order to compete with each other directly. To lead the market as well as engage in the process of overall market growth, a company needs to improve the existing product framework, work in collaboration with top market leaders, or obtain new contracts from various industries and acquire the relatively weaker companies into its stronghold.

Scheduled to launch in 2019, Eutelsat Quantum is the first reconfigurable satellite platform developed by the U.K. space agency and ESA. The research work on reconfigurable and flexible payloads for software-defined satellite is growing in numbers. Traditional satellites work on provided set algorithms at the time of manufacturing; they are static in terms of change in operation since the time of launch. Flexible payloads address the change in maneuver without the need of changing any hardware, cutting down on cost and labor requirement. The new architecture present in software-defined satellites define a new age technology which does not limit the flexibility in order to expand its application and features.

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The evolution in space industry is leading a trend to limit the drawbacks associated with space information systems. The concept of software-defined satellite was proposed in order to reach that feat of technology where information system becomes more transparent for operation. This software-defined trend is providing a cost-effective structure for various space missions. The developers for software-defined satellite bank on the technology reach in terms of operator’s requirement. The flexible payload is tailored in terms of the application requested, which include navigation, maritime, aircraft, communication, earth observation, and surveillance. Evolution in terrestrial technologies, which include emergence of various smart electronic products influences the satellite companies to provide advancement in parallel to the technology present, software-defined satellites provide aid in attaining such advancement.

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