The U.S. Military’s strategic “Pivot to LEO” plan to implement a global mesh network of optically connected satellites in LEO will be a significant growth driver for the commercial satellite industry, according to a newly released report by Quilty Analytics, a leading research and advisory firm for the Satellite & Space sector.
Featuring input from the Space Development Agency (SDA), space industry executives and commentary from Wall Street space sector analyst Chris Quilty, the 60-page report summarizes the SDA’s race to implement a proliferated LEO (PLEO) space architecture that will enable the U.S. to maintain its strategic and tactical advantages by delivering advanced capabilities for missile tracking, narrowband and broadband communications, GPS augmentation, and other military objectives.
The Quilty Analytics Satcom Quarterly highlights key sector developments and offers in-depth analysis on timely issues affecting the Satellite & Space industry. The Q3’21 edition covers topics including space sustainability, FCC spectrum filing rounds, the Viasat/Inmarsat acquisition, and management shifts at Eutelsat and Intelsat. The report also provides the latest information on commercial GEO satellite launches, satellite operator revenue KPIs, and constellation updates for Amazon, OneWeb, SES, SpaceX and Telesat.
“Overall, we see DoD’s pivot to LEO as a positive not just for the U.S. military, but also for LEO operators, satellite manufacturers, terminal makers, and the commercial satellite industry as a whole,” Quilty stated. “We expect the NDSA to bolster established and New Space companies working to develop new technologies. The NDSA innovations will benefit national defense along with commercial SATCOM operators and the markets they serve.”