tech track papers
Categories: 2017, The Business of Space Systems
During the Space Generation Congress 2015, held in Jerusalem, Israel, students and young professionals representing 14 countries participated in the Space Communication – Space Internet working group. The group investigated the possibilities, risks, and opportunities of using satellites, drones, and high altitude balloons to provide widespread access to the internet. The group focused on one of the barriers for worldwide connectivity – the lack of economic viability of providing internet access using land infrastructure, and the possible solutions that will address this problem. As a result of these findings, the working group participants proposed several recommendations. These recommendations take into account the numerous challenges that come with developing air and space-based internet access; whether it be via balloons, drones, satellites or a combination of these. These challenges range from acquiring regulatory approval to technical and practical limitations, such as the potential for damage to property and issues related to orbital debris. Due to our group’s consensus that worldwide internet availability would ultimately be beneficial, given both humanitarian and economic concerns for poor and wealthy nations alike, we propose four “game changing” ideas that have the potential to positively impact the space economy. We first suggest that market studies be conducted to illustrate demand for the service. With sufficient demand, a phased approach to the solution should then be instituted. We further propose that national governments serve as anchor tenants and expedite regulatory processes. Finally, to ensure commercial sustainability, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should be considered as potential distribution partners for the system. Our paper deals with the current status and the future of space-based internet services and details our recommendations.
Author: Mansoor SharTopic: The Business of Space Systems
The current state and the future of Space Internet - the Space Generation PerspectiveDownload File