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Satellite Race Toughens as New Developments Spring Up

Since the birth of the satellite race, two-way communication has been a challenge. However, designers and inventors from isotropic systems recently finalized on the production of their electronically controlled antennas.

On November 12 the antennas were tested on Avantis Hylas 4 satellite. On these tests included voice calls, online gaming. The company stated that their system could accommodate links with orbital satellites maintained at low angles as compared to flat array antennas although the company did not release a launch date for its product, the project that the pilot product will be ready by 2021. 

The company opted to use Atlas Space Operations to enable its ground-based communications base. Atlas Peace operations have in place a plan to erect a network of 31 ground stations that would allow for tracking and channeling of data. This would be useful when Aevum is launching set to be in 2021. This setup will also enable Aevum to use Atlas Space Operations network to provide ground communications to their customers after the initial run is complete.  

This is not to be in developed countries alone as Nokia, and US satellite operator Globalstar have joined to try a stab at the African market, through the creation of a link program between Nokia Digital Automation Cloud and Globalstar’s S-band spectrum. This will be made possible with Globalstar’s access to its S-band spectrum for ground LTE services in South Africa, Mozambique, Gabon, Botswana and Rwanda. This union has seen the rise of Nokia as a global value reseller. 

Joining them on the satellite race is a recently at started company Kepler Communications and a satellite terminal provider, Cobham who joined up to make an experimental service. With Kepler S satellites and Cobham terminal, customers can get access to and make use of the Usher terminal as a service at a subscription fee. This unified setup has bred outstanding results with connection speeds of up to 40megabits per second in downloads and 120 megabits for uploads. 

The list diners end there, with the inclusion of Blacksky’s geospatial network set to begin development. The satellite giant recently took a loan of $50million from Intelsat in a bid to start developing its project. Blacksky is planning to put in place several imaging satellites, which will be used to make information products. Intelsat has raised interests in the projects set. The giant tech company entered a partnership deal with channel data and imagery products through its satellites. In this, Intelsat hopes to gain new markets and customers that will use their networks. 



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