Low-Earth-Orbit Satellites And How They Are Driving the Fourth Industrial Revolution Forward
Fueled by recent technological advancements and a growing demand for connectivity, low earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellites, are poised to change the way our world communicates altogether.
Over the last few years, the small satellite sector has positioned itself as one of the fastest-growing industries in the world. Fueled by recent technological advancements and a growing demand for connectivity, these satellites, particularly low earth orbit (LEO) nanosatellites, are poised to change the way our world communicates altogether.
So, what exactly are these LEO nanosatellites that are shaking up the industry?
LEO satellites orbit very close to the earth and are about the size of a loaf of bread. GEO satellites orbit directly above the equator, circling the earth once per day, meaning they remain fixed in the sky. However, these satellites are very expensive, and take years to design and launch, making it difficult to implement new technologies.
This is where LEO nanosatellites come in. These satellites are much cheaper and faster to launch, meaning they can rapidly incorporate new technologies. A single LEO satellite can also provide global coverage. Their reduced distance to devices on the ground offer the potential for lower round-trip latency and minimized transmit power on the ground.
Together these benefits have put these satellites at the forefront of one of the world’s biggest transformations, the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
While the Third Industrial Revolution brought about computers, electronics and automation, this current “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is all about building networks, virtual systems and the Internet of Things. This digital revolution is poised to fundamentally change the way that we work, live and interact with one another. More striking still is the number of people who lack internet access, around 4 billion worldwide. LEO communications satellites are helping to fill the connectivity challenges brought about by this revolution by providing global, affordable connectivity.
Much like the three other industrial revolutions that came before it, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will completely change our world and improve the quality of life in communities across the globe. LEO nanosatellites will enable a global network that is truly accessible for all.