Despite the hard times that occasionally afflict the U.S. airline industry, satellite companies are still finding new business there.
That’s because a number of major carriers, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines, are introducing new broadband wireless Internet access on all or part of their domestic fleets, according to The New York Times. The company the airlines are hiring to provide this new service is Aircell, a satellite network provider that uses a combination of ground-based cellular technology and satellite technology to deliver this cost-effective solution. Aircell plans to use Iridium Satellite LLC, a satellite operator, to introduce similar service globally in the near future. Aircell, Iridium, and the telecom satellite maker all stand to benefit from the increased demand.
In a nutshell, that is how the satellite industry works.
A corporation interested in setting up a new corporate satellite data network to connect new offices around the world, for example, would contact a satellite network service provider. They, in turn, would turn to a satellite operator, who owns and operates the satellites in space. Then, demand flows to the satellite manufacturers, who produce and deliver both new satellites and the satellite components for use with them.
Commercial satellite manufacturers meet the following challenges to deliver new satellites to their customers:
- The satellite maker must design, test and build the satellite to the exact specifications necessary to deliver the required services.
- The satellite must be rigorous enough to withstand the harsh conditions in space and during launch aboard a rocket.
- They deliver the satellite to the launch provider.
- Finally, satellite suppliers place the satellite in orbit, completely operational and ready for use.
Let commercial satellite manufacturers supply your network in spaceCommunication satellite manufacturers provide the satellites for global communications, including voice, data and video for applications such as regional or global corporate satellite data networks. Space science, weather, military and government uses are also common.
Satellite receiver manufacturers provide satellite earth stations and necessary componentsSatellite antenna manufacturers provide the hardware on earth to connect to the satellites in space. Applications include satellite news gathering (SNG) and satellite communications and broadcast reception in the air, on the seas, and on the ground.
Satellite dish manufacturers provide quality satellite TV capabilitiesSatellite dish manufacturers provide the satellite TV companies with their dishes. They also supply dealers for free-to-air (FTA) satellite television.
- Satellite manufacturers provide each satellite with a "footprint," or coverage area over parts of the earth. Geostationary orbits provide continuous coverage over one section of the globe, while low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites would require an integrated network to do the same. Compare different footprints available for exactly what you need.