Internet from Sky: Can LEO Satellites Transform the Future of Connectivity?

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The latest space race aims to provide satellite internet with real-time latency for data-intensive industrial and business-oriented communication applications. A shorter trip is a faster trip, hence LEO satellites positioned nearer to the earth are at an advantage to maximize data transmission. LEOs are secure as communication happens in space and hence are not likely to be influenced by natural catastrophes or man-made disasters. With terrestrial access to broadband increasingly constrained, LEOs potentially raise the bar to provide lightning speed connectivity, to offer ubiquitous satellite internet to a host of industries.

This report highlights the current state of play and the future potential of LEOs in driving uninterrupted communications and low-latency broadband across various communities, which is anticipated to unlock new possibilities for enterprises across industries such as telecom, media, and technology (TMT), aerospace and defense, and transportation, among others.

What are the market dynamics in the LEO market?

The low latency of LEOs compared to geostationary orbit (GEO) and middle earth orbit (MEO) satellites play a crucial role in applications that require real-time data access, such as voice over internet protocol (VoIP), surveillance and imaging, telemedicine, and remote-controlled machines. The proximity of LEOs to the earth’s surface allows their roundtrip delays to be much shorter. This is a key advantage while delivering real-time communication. The launching costs of LEOs are also low compared to GEO or MEO and they can cater to the specific area under their designated location, which unlocks an opportunity to work out a standardized regional pricing strategy.

LEOs are touted to play a key role in connecting millions of IoT-backed devices and sensors, managing the boom in internet users, and minimizing the digital divide to strengthen community resilience. They can be easily synchronized with multiple connected IoT devices via omnidirectional antenna. Since the proximity of the satellites in LEOs are closer to the earth, they support the delivery of 5G IoT networks from space. LEOs’ lower orbital period help them better connect remote and inaccessible regions in emerging economies. They can also backup telcos to optimize their existing backhaul network for the transmission of large volumes of different types of data in compliance with 4G and 5G.

Which are the major industries using LEOs?

LEOs can perform the same tasks as conventional satellites like tracking operations, satellite farming, and earth observation. Hence, they are in use in a few key industries such as aerospace and defense, agriculture and forestry, energy and utilities, TMT, and transportation.

LEO application by key industries

LEO application by key industries

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What are the emerging concepts in LEOs streamline data management?

The emerging concepts in LEOs streamline data management are LEO pseudo-satellites, LPWA network solutions, tethered LEO picosatellites, EO space telescopes, and LEO-backed BaaS solutions. High-altitude Platform Systems or pseudo-satellites (HAPS) comprise an unmanned aerial vehicle containing communication equipment that connects to the ground station and transmits internet signals. LEOs have successfully connected low power wide-area network (LPWAN) areas that increase the adoption potential of IoT within the LPWA segments. Picosatellites are being designed to investigate space tethers in the LEO. Space telescopes launched on LEO collect particles, such as cosmic ray nuclei and electrons, to detect gravitational waves. Thus, they provide advanced analysis of weather conditions, navigation of assets, and other earth observation initiatives. LEO satellite using blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) for a private internal network with a single sign-on (SSO) leads to the development of digital supply chain management technologies.

Who are the key organizations leading job postings related to LEO?

Some of the key organizations that are leading the job postings related to LEO are Amazon, SpaceX, Raytheon Technologies, Teledyne Technologies, Netcracker, Astroscale, SAIC, Blue origin, Rocket Lab, and Craig Technologies. Amazon and SpaceX have plans to launch a constellation of more than 7,500 satellites for Project Kuiper and over 4,400 satellites for Starlink to provide access to high speed and low latency broadband internet services. Hence, they recorded the highest number of LEO-related active job postings. Raytheon Technologies wants to deliver high-value LEO satellite missions while Blue Origin aims to develop space station Orbital Reef in LEO for commerce, research, and tourism activities.

LEO market, by key organizations leading in job posting

LEO market, by key organizations leading in job posting

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Market report scope

Key industries Aerospace and Defense, Agriculture and Forestry, Energy and Utilities, TMT, and Transportation
Emerging concepts LEO Pseudo-Satellites, LPWA Network Solutions, Tethered LEO Picosatellites, EO Space Telescopes, and LEO-Backed Baas Solutions
Key organizations Amazon, SpaceX, Raytheon Technologies, Teledyne Technologies, Netcracker, Astroscale, SAIC, Blue origin, Rocket Lab, and Craig Technologies

This report provides:

  • The rise of LEO satellites over geostationary or middle earth orbit satellites, definition and working model, industry segmentation, prominent use cases, active enterprises, and popular vendors
  • Highlights of the presentation of LEOs from the media perspective – major news and lauds from social media promoting the technology.
  • Includes mentions of LEOs in company annual filings and hiring trends.
  • Outlines of the total investment trends, venture capital investment trends, leading investors, corporate investors and investees, prominent M&A initiatives, and notable SPAC deals
  • Game-changing company innovations with a spotlight on startups.
  • Broad-level analysis of the trends in patent filings and grants, technology leaders, filing trends by technology and industry, priority countries, and some interesting patents in the LEOs technology and application development
  • Summary of the drivers and challenges, strategies to address challenges, regulatory landscape, the impact of LEOs on telcos, the impact of LEOs on business connectivity and new concepts emerging as a result

Key Highlights

LEOs overview and high impact industries, major vehicle manufacturers, network providers, and vendors providing solutions in each industry, the noise created in the media, VC investment trends, examples related to the implementation of LEO satellites in aerospace & defense, agriculture & forestry, energy & utilities, technology, media & telecom, and transportation, trends in patent filings and grants, factors driving and challenging the adoption of LEO satellites, regulatory bottlenecks, the impact of LEO satcom operators on existing terrestrial networks, and the future potential of LEOs to generate next-generation applications.

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Accion Systems
Analytical Space
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Astro Digital
Avis Budget Group
BAE Systems
Blue Digs
Blue Origin
Bluefield Technologies
BT Group
CACI International
Cantor Fitzgerald
Capella Space
CGC Technology
China Aerospace Science and Technology
ChongQing LiangJiang Satellite Mobile Communication
Cloud Constellation Corporation
CNH Industrial
Comtech Telecommunications
Craig Technologies
Dauria Aerospace
DISH Network
dMY Technology
Dongfanghong Satellite Mobile Communication
e5 Lab
EOS Data Analytics
Epic Aerospace
Fleet Space
FOSSA Systems
General Dynamics
Genesis Park
HawkEye 360
Hera Systems
Honda Motor
In-Space Missions
Isar Aerospace
John Deere
Kepler Communications
Lockheed Martin
Loral Space & Communications
M&M Corp Comm Va
Mitsubishi Electric
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NorthStar Earth & Space
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Sky and Space (SAS)
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Smiths Group
SoftBank Group
Space Norway
Spire Global
StarMesh Global
Swarm Technologies
Tata Group
TECO Electric & Machinery
Terran Orbital
Theia Group
TT Electronics
Vaya Space
Vector Capital
Virgin Orbit
XO Markets
Xona Space Systems

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Technology Decoding: Rise of LEO mega-constellations, definition and working model, industry segmentation, prominent use cases, active enterprises, and popular vendors

2. Media & Trend Analysis: popular news publications, thought leadership, social media traction, mentions in company filings, and key hiring trends

3. Investment Radar: Total investment trends, VC investment trends, leading investors, corporate investors and investees, prominent M&A initiatives, and notable SPAC deals

4. Innovation Explorer: interesting innovations and strategic corporate partnerships to accelerate the development of LEO satellites

5. IP Landscaping: trends in patent filings & grants, top patent filers, technology leaderboard highlighting the top technology leaders, key filing trends by industries, and noteworthy patents

6. The Road Ahead: Drivers and challenges, strategies to address challenges, regulatory landscape, the impact of LEOs on telcos, the impact of LEOs on business connectivity and new concepts emerging as a result, and outlook

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