The downsizing of satellites is radically changing global communications. Relentless miniaturization and related developments are opening up exciting new frontiers for companies in a wide range of fields, including broadband and broadcasting, information technology and environmental sciences.
weighing less than 2.9 lbs are expected to be launched into space over the next five years
NUMBER OF SATELLITES SPACEX IS DEVELOPING TO SUPPLY INTERNET ACROSS THE WORLD
IS INVESTING $1 BILLION TO LAUNCH LOW low orbiting satellites for faster and greater Internet access.
As smartphones get bigger, satellites grow smaller — and cheaper. Space-worthy devices once the size of automobiles now fit in a shoebox. In the future, putting a satellite in space will cost a fraction of what it does today. The time to develop and launch a satellite — and start reaping benefits — will drop from years to days. Many incredible uses are forecast for these space-borne devices: Micro-satellites will distribute broadband to previously unreachable areas around the globe. Other satellites will measure shifting currents in our oceans with greater precision than ever before.
Our state is at the forefront of a world that is both shrinking and expanding.
Arizona’s universities and aerospace & defense companies are advancing seemingly unlimited ways to put satellites to work in communications, navigation and environmental monitoring. In developing new satellites, Arizona industry leaders are borrowing best practices of manufacturing technology from the mobile phone, defense and medical products industries.