Since their inception nearly 40 years ago, communications satellites have progressed rapidly, with geostationary satellite power needs doubling every five years or so. By the early 1980s, three-axis stabilized satellites had mostly completely replaced rotating satellites for most purposes, as solar array size had grown to the point that manufacturers could no longer accommodate the inefficiencies of an array that did not watch the sun.

As the solar array has become the dominant cost factor and the battery has become the dominant mass element of the average satellite in the late 1990s, the quest for fuel is once again forcing architectural improvements to the spacecraft platform. Satellites are advantageous because they are cost-effective; in an unserved zone, a mile of fiber will range anything from about $10,000 to $100,000.

Aside from the significant financial investment, finishing the fiber rollout as well as making it available to particular areas could take many months. If you do not have connections to reliable terrestrial broadband, satellite is by far the most cost-effective route to get the high-speed Internet connections. Besides, the speed of satellite Internet is the first thing you’ll note. Most satellite Internet services may provide multi-megabit bandwidth, which can be higher than terrestrial alternatives in some cases. If your choices are small, such as dial-up or unreliable/slow DSL, a satellite is unquestionably the best choice. VSAT Systems can provide assured speeds of up to 2 Mbps upload, and 4 Mbps download to end-users.

However, an Indian-based company known as Pixxel postponed the launching of a satellite scheduled to happen on February 28. According to the Bengaluru-centered satellite imaging startup, the satellite launch was postponed due to some software problems. In a tweet, the two-year-old startup said that It didn’t make sense to hurry a satellite to deploy in which they did not have full faith at the moment. Pixxel, created by Kshitij Khandelwal and Awais Ahmed, has agreed to wait a few weeks, re-assess the satellite program, and thoroughly test it while searching for the next available launch window.

Awais also posted on a tweet saying that Pixxel’s satellite data would be used to address some of humanity’s most urgent problems today, such as early detection of insect infestations reducing water and air contamination levels, identifying oil spills, gas leakage, and documenting large-scale geological changes. After the Modi administration unveiled new space reforms in the year 2020, the Bengaluru-centered satellite imaging startup collaborated with NewsSpace India Limited (NSIL). The reforms paved the way for private companies to collaborate with ISRO to drive India’s space market to new heights.

By Adam

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