Accession Number : ADA398476

Title :   LEO Satellite Services - Can a Startup Provider Survive?

Descriptive Note : Major rept.

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Schlak, Christopher G.

PDF Url : ADA398476

Report Date : 14 DEC 2001

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first person to send a voice transmission over an orbiting satellite when he sent his Christmas message over the SCORE satellite. By 1962, Telstar I was providing real-time video between the United States and France during its short 20-minute window of operation. The telecommunications industry would never be the same once space based telecommunications became a reality. Voice telephony came first, then video broadcasting, and now, two-way digital video broadcasting with IP over satellite data connections. Satellite communication has entered into many facets of the telecommunications industry, but has it reached its limits? Many of the services being offered by today's leading satellite providers are in direct competition with less expensive terrestrial systems. The cost of designing, building, launching, operating, and maintaining a satellite or constellation of satellites is an enormous sum that must be spent before the service is ever offered to the public. With an increasing percentage of the market share converting to terrestrial based services, the following question should be asked of the current Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite service industry: Can a LEO startup service provider survive and make money in the current satellite service market?

Descriptors :   *DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS, *SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS, *SPACE COMMUNICATIONS, MARKETING, RADIO BROADCASTING, TRANSMITTANCE, COSTS, ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES, TELECOMMUNICATIONS, TELEMETERING DATA, MESSAGE PROCESSING, VIDEO SIGNALS, VOICE COMMUNICATIONS, SPACE BASED.

Subject Categories : Unmanned Spacecraft
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE