Vision Report

The Future Of Satellite Connectivity

New LEO Satellite Constellations Will Connect More People And Things ... More Slowly And More Expensively Than Promised

August 31st, 2022
With contributors:
Laura Koetzle , Martha Bennett , Dan Bieler , Kerstin Wehmeyer , Hannah Jachim , Christine Turley

Summary

Billionaire space tourists in reusable rockets and smaller, less-expensive satellites that promise to connect the under- and unconnected have made space exciting again. Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites will provide new options and opportunities but will take at least three years longer and be more expensive than what today’s space boosters promise. Business and technology leaders should read this report to determine the new possibilities satellite connectivity offers for their desired use cases — and when.

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