Software-Defined Satellites Meet Software-Defined Ground

Constellations: The development of commercial operators led to new approaches to improve the productivity of infrastructures in space and on the ground to increase profitability.

The introduction of software-defined technologies is considered a major technological trend to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of operations. On one hand, the shift from hardware functions to software enables mass and cost reduction. On another hand, software solutions support the automatization of operations and make systems more flexible and scalable as configurable with a simple file upload.

This article will review the potential of software-defined technologies to leverage new opportunities for Telecom, Earth Observation, and Defense applications but also challenge the current value chain.

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