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Analysis of the US Government and Military Commercial Satellite Market

New satellite initiatives for Ku- and Ka-band technology in the Middle East are driving adoption


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(live-PR.com) - The US government and military satellite market is divided into 2 segments: Internal government-supplied satellite solutions and commercially purchased satellite solutions. Commercially purchased satellite solutions can be further divided into 3 subsegments; satellite service providers, equipment hardware vendors, and system integrators Satellite service providers include satellite network operators such as Intelsat, Eutelsat, SES, Iridium, and Inmarsat. Equipment hardware vendors include

 

physical hardware suppliers such as General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, and Harris.

System integrators include professional service organizations such as Harris CapRock, Artel, and GSI.. Changes in US government´s involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan will substantially alter the growth rate of this market. New satellite initiatives for Ku- and Ka-band technology in the Middle East are driving adoption. Global satellite network coverage has increased appeal for military applications. The US government relies on satellite communications that are outsourced to service providers. Unmanned aerial systems continue to experience rapid growth in adoption.

Ku-band: Ku-band is the most-used satellite communication frequency band and is used for many government applications from video distribution services for the American Forces Network to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) command and control. It supports voice, video, and data transmissions, and the majority of direct broadcast satellites. Ku-band is also the most congested, which has driven the use of other bands, such as X-band for the military and Ka-band for consumer services. Ka-band: Ka-band is the fastest growing band. Extremely large and powerful satellites are being used, covering North America and Europe, to offer consumer satellite Internet access. Ka-band also has been used for video distribution in the United States for over a decade. Ka-band transponders are on Wideband Global SATCOM system satellites, also known as the Wideband Gapfiller Satellites (WGS). C-band: C-band was the first major frequency band used for satellite communication. C-band requires the largest ground terminal antenna. C-band can offer the broadest regional footprint of all the bands and is often used for maritime applications as well as distribution of the Armed Forces Radio and Television Services (AFRTS) Network to members of the US Navy in service at sea. S- and L-bands: These bands are primarily used for voice services such as satellite phones and low-speed data services, and require the smallest antennas. Although geostationary orbit satellites occasionally have S-band and L-band transponders, most S- and L-band satellites are medium Earth orbit (MEO) or low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. These bands are covered in greater detail in Frost & Sullivan´s Global Mobile Satellite Market Study (NB1B-66). X-band: X-band has been set aside by most countries for government and military applications. X-band is the newest band in use by the US military and government and is operated on both internal, US government-owned satellites and commercial satellites such as the XTAR-EUR satellite owned and operated by XTAR.

Fixed satellite services major participants are Intelsat, SES-Global, and Eutelsat. These companies operate large, geostationary orbit communications satellites. Major Defense Contractors: Major defense contractors develop satellites for internal US government use. They also produce ground station equipment, and provide system integration and other related products and services. Companies included Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and BAE Systems. Mobile Satellite Services: Major participants are Iridium, Inmarsat, and Globalstar. Inmarsat uses geostationary orbit satellites while Iridium and Globalstar use low Earth orbit satellites. System Integration and End-to-end Hardware, Software, and Services: Major participants include Harris CapRock, ViaSat, DataPath, Aretel, and General Dynamics. These companies work closely with US military and government satellite communications users helping them with hardware, very small aperture terminals (VSATs), software, system integration, development, outsourcing, and management of satellite communications services. Domestic and European satellite bandwidth is important for training and emergency communications.

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