As 2023 unfolds, SIG notes that the satellite industry is certainly facing a number of significant challenges, all of which will only increase in number as the skies become more and more crowded and the demands for seamless connectivity continue to increase.
The new, multi-orbit environment and the challenges this technology delivers will mean the industry needs to respond quickly and effectively. A significant part of this need will require working together across companies and orbital regimes to benefit the entire environment.
At SIG’s recent workshop at SES in October of 2022, there was a recurring theme around the need for standards, whether such are for cloud adoption, antenna performance, space situational awareness (SSA), or interference resolution.
It is clear that the future will come with more standards and additional guidelines and working to make certain these needs are correct will involve global collaboration to ensure they are realistic while having a positive impact on the industry.
No-one wants standards for standards’ sake.
As LEO launches continue to roll-out, and as we continue to see multi- orbit environments increasing in number, there will also be a growing need for new ground station equipment that is designed to meet the new challenges multi-orbit environments bring to the industry and to the customers. It will be exciting to see the innovation being developed and produced during 2023.
At the same time, those same standards, together with more effective testing, will be important to ensure that new technology can meet global demands and assist operators deliver seamless services.