Satellites Today – The Third Great Wave of Innovation & Opportunity (10 May 2017)

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Satellites Today – The Third Great Wave of Innovation & Opportunity (10 May 2017)

With a title inspired by the works of Alvin Toffler [American writer and futurist], BSN members were captivated throughout the presentation made by Phil Carrai, President of Kratos’ Technology & Training Solutions. Much more than a simple point and click PowerPoint presentation, this was more of a ‘conversation’ between industry experts, led by a dynamic and charismatic business and thought-leader.

With the ever-increasing requirement for satellite launches and a plethora of LEO and HTS satellite networks already in the planning – and indeed execution – we’re still operating in a “Moore’s Law” driven marketplace, where the price point is being driven ever-downwards. We might yet look at the current necessity to build satellites capable for 12 to 15 years operation, to re-imagining a world where they are designed only to operate for some 5 years before replacement in order to maintain a high level of technical ability of the satellite. This would require a paradigm shift in the economic thinking about the way in which networks are conceived, launched and commercialised. There’s also the very real and growing issue of space debris to be properly confronted and acted upon.

What seems certain is the continuing ‘virtualisation’ of services as satellite operators move further and further down the value chain – disrupting and impacting traditional service providers. Service will no longer be just based on infrastructure! And that would certainly impact/disrupt the convergence of military and commercial systems. Future success in service provision is likely to be based on applications – not yet written – but no doubt waiting in the wings for the new generations of engineers and commercial teams to develop.

This was an inspiring and forward-looking BSN session and we thank Phil Carrai for sharing his strategic thoughts.

 

This event was kindly sponsored by Kratos Technology & Training Solutions