Satellite manufacturers are entering a new world, according to a panel at World Satellite Business Week (WSBW) in Paris last week. Chris Johnson, president, Boeing Satellite Systems International, admitted that that the satellite manufacturing industry stands at the precipice of a number of significant opportunities.
“It has been a challenging market over the last few years. The Geostationary Orbit (GEO) market has not come back. It does not mean it is not critical. Everyone else has shifted towards what might be the future. Everyone has done things in Non-Geostationary Orbit (NGSO). We are starting to build mPOWER for SES. We had a vision. It is really exciting on where we are going to be. The industry have been asking us for standards, flexible. It is a much more challenged environment,” he said.