Readying For New Satellite Communications CapacityBill Carey
Satellite broadband communications providers are moving expeditiously to build their networks in space. Granted a Federal Communications Commission license to place 4,408 Starlink satellites into low Earth orbit, SpaceX has alreadly launched a third of the smallsats using its reusable Falcon 9 rocket. Starlink satellites will broadcast in the Ku (12- to 18-gigahertz) and Ka (26.5- to 40-GHz) bands.
Providers of communications equipment and networks to business aviation are readying for a plethora of new capacity by building systems for business aircraft that will be compatible with Ku-band, Ka-band or both of the frequency bands supporting high-speed, inflight communications. Systems and plans of some major providers are summarized.