7 Space Technology Predictions for 2023 • TechCrunch

7 Space Technology Predictions for 2023 • TechCrunch

Communication with a mobile phone from space

Several players in the industry has recently set its sights on direct communication with mobile devices from space. Although it is still a very early market with limited existing opportunities, companies such as Apple, T-Mobile, Globalstar, SpaceX, AST SpaceMobile and Lynk Global are targeting this area. Several mobile operators are already on board, even before some of the first operational spacecraft have been launched.

Apple has partnered with Globalstar to bring SOS connectivity to its new iPhone 14, and T-Mobile plans to start low Earth orbit (LEO) connectivity in 2023 through SpaceX, which recently filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to enable direct communication. -Cellular capabilities in their Gen 2 Starlink satellites. Amazon is also about to launch its first batch of LEO satellites for the Kuiper project.

Most of these early projects will not provide high-speed broadband from space, but will instead offer low-bandwidth connectivity suitable for emergency calling and texting. All of this is aimed at serving the currently underserved population around the world who do not live within the reach of traditional cell tower networks.

The commercialization of the moon begins in earnest

Despite economic uncertainties, we believe that new records will be set in space technology as gigantic commercial projects are funded.

Decades after the end of the Apollo program in 1972, a massive government and commercial effort is underway to “return to the moon.” This was initiated by the NASA Artemis program, in which the capsule of the Artemis-1 Orion mission returned to Earth after spending almost a month there. travel around the moon.

Almost at the same time, SpaceX launched the first fully privately funded lunar mission for the Japanese company iSpace, which is making an economical journey to the Moon and due to get there in April. This will be the first fully commercial mission to the Moon and will be a milestone in the cooperation between Japan and the United States in space. Other commercial companies such as Intuitive Machines and Astrobotic are also aiming for a moon landing.

With the first commercial companies rushing to the moon along with national efforts, we expect 2023 to be a breakthrough year for the lunar ecosystem.

Three factors underpin revenue growth

Developments in the defense, cybersecurity and climate sectors will prove to be strong tailwinds for space technology revenue in 2023. Record growth in defense budgets, fueled by the war in Ukraine and rising geopolitical tensions, will stimulate business, and the growing desire of governments for sovereign capabilities from space assets will lead to huge orders in this sector. And, since cybersecurity is another tool in the geopolitical toolbox, satellite resilience is a priority.

The growing reliance on on-orbit generated datasets means that the security requirements for data flow from satellite to cloud and ground stations are growing exponentially. We see 2023 as the year that the industry will embrace quantum capabilities.

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