Satellites as Small as a Microwave Oven Disrupt the Space Sector

a satellite in spaceThe small satellite market in the U.S. will disrupt the entire space industry, as defense companies seek to develop new spacecraft with cube satellite technology.

The new breed of satellites could be as small as a microwave oven. While the size has gotten smaller, developers still need to test new spacecraft with global navigation satellite system (GNSS) and inertial navigation system (INS) simulator.

Bigger Market

GNSS and INS simulation will remain necessary since cyber-attacks no longer just apply to computers and phones. Hackers have become more creative in exploiting the weaknesses of devices that rely on satellite signals. The defense industry should also pay attention to the projected growth of the miniature satellite market by 2022.

The market’s value by that year would reach around $7.53 billion. Their bigger market value reflects the preference of more companies to choose smaller spacecraft to reduce costs, including expenses for construction. For instance, a smaller satellite would require a smaller launch vehicle and this saves money for developers.

More in Orbit

The popularity of miniature spacecraft could be one reason for the increase in the current number of satellites in orbit. A report from the Satellite Industry Association and Bryce Space and Technology showed that there were 292 satellites in space in the previous year, compared to 55 in 2016.

Boeing and Lockheed are just some of the companies that expect the small-sat market to continue growing in the next several years. For military and intelligence groups, the appeal of smaller satellites lies on their stronger resistance against online threats.

Despite the emergence of smaller satellites as the new trend in the space industry, the need for testing and experimental projects will still be the same. You should consider using testing equipment that produces the most accurate results, so the money you save from developing a tinier satellite would not go to waste.