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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

LEO satellites: The business model is not clear but projects mobilize the entire industry

By 2021 the commercial services offer of new constellations in low orbit is expected, reaching up to 12,000 artifacts in the case of Amazon, the largest initiative. They promise a lower latency as attractive, although here are still too many unknowns regarding regulatory and market issues.

At a distance of between 300 and 1,200 kilometers from Earth, in the low orbit or LEO (Low Earth Orbit), about 1,500 satellites currently operate, among the fleets that first occupied that space for telecommunications services - Iridium, Globalstar, Orbcomm, since the 1990s - artifacts for observation and scientific purposes, and the first incursions of large constellation projects. The industry today is focused on the promises of LEO, and the entire value chain analyzes how to transform itself for fleets of numerous satellites, revolving around the planet and with global coverage.

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