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Genius insights from genius cofounder of @KymetaCorp on future of satellites for global connected world @BillGates

Genius insights from genius cofounder of @KymetaCorp on future of satellites for global connected world @BillGates

There is no cellular network available for satellites, though. Information collected by a satellite must be broadcast from the satellite to an earth-terminal in order to be accessed; and this is one of the most significant challenges facing the smallsat industry. A typical cube-sat will be outfitted with a UHF communications payload, which, when paired with a large tracking earth terminal, is capable of a few kbps. This shortage on connectivity has resulted in a misperception within the industry that smallsats are interesting, but only to amateurs interested in hearing a satellite go ‘ping’ from orbit. This is unfortunate because a spacecraft travelling in LEO and operating in the Ka-Band would be capable of gigabit connections, significantly higher than the connectivity available to even very large communications satellites operating from the GEO arch.

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