Low Earth Orbit Satellites Fuel Next Space Race


The new space race focuses on satellite Internet with a promise of higher speed and lower latency for industrial and business-oriented communication applications. As the connectivity revolution gathers momentum, low earth orbit satellites (LEOs) penetrate innovative application areas due to superior performance and positioning compared to geostationary and middle earth orbit satellites in remote tracking, climate monitoring, and inter-vehicular networking, according to GlobalData.

GlobalData’s FutureTech Series report, ‘Internet from Sky: Can LEO Satellites Transform the Future of Connectivity?’, reveals the futuristic latency-critical applications of LEOs as the technology widens its global footprint.

Kiran Raj, Principal Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, comments: “Venture capital (VC) deals in the LEO space witnessed a massive rise in 2021 with nearly 650% year-on-year growth. An unprecedented level of this funding is flowing into the space economy, beyond satellite communications, into ventures to drive creative concepts and versatile use-cases.”

Sanchari Chatterjee, Senior Disruptive Tech Analyst at GlobalData, notes: “Post COVID-19 pandemic, LEOs could be potentially critical to offer lightning speed broadband services, tracking of assets, securitizing data, and strengthening the network infrastructure to provide communication resilience in digital oilfields, satellite farming, and connected vehicles.”

Chatterjee concludes: “Apart from the investment scenario, the surge in IP activities in the last few years also contribute to more in-space tracking, monitoring, navigational, and even manufacturing initiatives to set the stage for a wider deployment of LEOs infrastructure across various industries.”


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