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This activity aims at identifying and analysing services and applications based on mega-constellations. More in detail, the objectives are:
The key challenges of the study are:
Mega-constellations are expected to introduce a major change in the telecommunication services, which are now dominated by geostationary solutions, in particular introducing new service opportunities.
The services identified in this study are all based on the unique features and benefits of mega-constellations, going beyond the current state-of-the-art of geostationary satellite services. This study also contributes to improve the industry competitiveness and awareness of the opportunities promised by the mega-constellations.
Several kinds of applications, exploiting the mega-constellation features and performances, have been initially investigated in this study. They are listed below, together with the relevant market sector:
Several mega-constellations have been considered into this study: Iridium Next, OneWeb, LeoSat, O3B. Relevant terminals types and technologies have also been addressed.
Then, following the users interviews and opportunities investigation, a set of services have been identified and the relevant architecture has been defined:
The activity is structured in four logical tasks and three reviews: First Review (R1), Second Review (R2) and Final Review (FR).
Task 1 addresses the service requirements and architecture. In Task 2 the business case is analysed, then in Task 3 the possible technical gaps are identified. Finally, in Task 4 a ranking of the services is performed and, for the two most promising ones, an implementation roadmap established.
During the execution of the study activities, the users have provided requirements and feedback on the identified services.
After the definition of the assumptions about mega-constellation and user terminal performances, the end users have been interviewed, defining the architecture of 5 service opportunities in the Energy and Transport market sector. Then, the relevant business cases and technical gaps have been analysed. Finally, based on these analyses, the two most promising opportunities have been identified and an implementation roadmap has been defined, resulting in the successful closure of the study activities.
The most significant achievements of the study have been: