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Charting the Future of Satellite Communications at Satellite 2013

This week we are in Washington DC for the Satellite 2013 conference. This year’s conference is titled "Bridging the Gap between Today and Tomorrow" and promises to cover a vast array of topics. Some of the subjects we think will initiate interesting conversations with our customers include GPS modernization, hosted payloads, and the government sequestration.
Our small comms satellites are modular, making them very flexible
As always, the Satellite conference and exhibition takes an in-depth look at the satellite communication sector. While all communications satellite manufacturers have to contend with the same technical and business challenges, we are approaching things from a different angle. "Small" and "communications satellite" are not things you usually hear in the same sentence, and we’re excited to be progressing with our range of small GEO comms satellites. Evolved from our successful GIOVE-A spacecraft, which was the test bed for the European Galileo navigation system, our comms satellite's modular design offers the flexibility to meet a wide range of operational requirements, from digital TV and IP broadband web connectivity through to broadband services to secure fixed and mobile communications.

We sat in on the GPS modernization presentation. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a service that almost everyone here in the United States has come to rely on. The same could be said for Russia’s Glonass system and will someday be said for the European Galileo system, for which Surrey is building the navigation payloads. But as demand continues to increase, the GPS system is expected to deliver more and more.

SSTL-900 (stowed)Budget cuts are forcing the government to look to the private sector to sustain the US presence in space, and using payload capacity on commercial missions has been proven as a viable alternative to dedicated programs. Satellite 2013 is running a Hosted Payload Forum dedicated to expanding the dialog on this topical issue. We’ve been flying hosted payloads alongside the primary mission payloads for over 25 years and so we’re thrilled that this model is becoming a well-recognized solution to increasing mission constraints.  Today, we have designed our geostationary platforms with built-in flexibility that allows us to offer spare payload capacity to rideshare customers who are seeking rapid and reliable orbit delivery for a wide range of payloads for applications such as communications,  technology demonstration, and monitoring of Earth and space.


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