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Satellite Data Applications - Telecommunications & Navigation

Broadband Digital Communications

Broadband satellite services offer two way internet access for high speed data and video direct to consumers and businesses.  

Markets for broadband services include direct to home internet connectivity, interactive TV, and point-of-sale communications.


Direct-Broadcast Services

Direct-broadcast services satellites transmit signals for direct reception by the general public, such as satellite television and radio.


Fixed-Satellite Services

Satellites providing Fixed-Satellite services transmit radio communications to ground stations located at fixed locations.  Typically, applications include provision of broadcast feeds to television stations, radio stations and broadcast networks.  

The satellites can also be used to transmit information for telephony, telecommunications and data communications.


Mobile Satellite Services

Satellites providing Mobile Satellite Services provide communications services to mobile and portable wireless devices for aeronautical, land and maritime services.  


Store and Forward

Store and forward is a satellite based communication system in which information is sent to an intermediate station where it is kept and sent at a later time to the final destination, or to another intermediate station.  

The intermediate station receiving the satellite data verifies the integrity of the message before forwarding it.  In general, this technique is used in networks with intermittent connectivity, especially in the wilderness or environments requiring high mobility.  It may also be preferable in situations when there are long delays in transmission and variable or high error rates, or if a direct, end-to-end connection is not available.  


Machine to Machine

Machine to Machine (M2M) is a satellite based communications system designed to enable networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without human interaction, for applications such as tracking, monitoring and control of fixed and mobile assets for market such as transportation, containers, heavy equipment, maritime, oil, gas, utilities and government. 



Data Relay

Satellites can be used to receive and re-transmit data from one satellite to the ground or from one satellite to another to increase the time spacecraft are communicating with operators, or to improve the amount of data that can be downloaded. 


Frequency filing

Satellites with either a flexible or custom payload can be deployed ahead of the full operational system to secure a frequency filing, or bring a filing into effect to provide initial services. 


Incremental and additional capacity provision

Small satellites can be used to 

• Augment capacity provided in an existing orbital location by a satellite or fleet of satellites.

• Provide initial capacity in the ramp up of a new service, location or application.


Technology Demonstration

Small satellites can provide the opportunity to fly platform or payloads for in-orbit experimentation, demonstration, qualification or flight heritage.  


Hosted Payloads

Small satellites can be used to host an ancillary payload, utilising excess capacity and resources.  The hosted payload approach enables payloads to be flown and operated, without incurring the costs of building and launching a dedicated satellite.  

The hosted payload has the opportunity to utilise the spectrum and resources from the primary mission, reducing the regulatory aspects.



Satellite communications can be used as a tool to improve lives around the World, from teams working in remote oil fields, to sailors in the middle of the ocean, to those affected by natural disasters.  

Tele-medicine makes use of satellite capacity to provide remote medical assistance and clinical healthcare not consistently available in distant or rural communities, through video-conferencing, transference of electronic health records, viewing of X-rays and digital images.


Satellites can provide connectivity for distance learning in remote regions via teleconferencing and transference of digital data.


Knowledge and Skills Transfer

Many countries and organisations wish to develop an indigenous or independent space capability by undertaking a space mission training and development programme.  

SSTL is a world-leader in the provision of space mission training and development programmes, specifically tailored to customers' needs, from large-scale organisations to research institutions and start-ups.  

Our approach embeds academic training alongside the design, manufacture, launch and operation of the customer's own satellite, which provides a solid and in-depth understanding of every aspect of a space mission.  

Our training programmes provide:

• Knowledge and skills transfer with the option to include academic qualifications.

• Hands-on training as part of the project team building the hardware, software, test programme, ground segment and in-orbit operations.

• In-country integration and test options to build indigenous capabilities.