Challenges and Opportunities for Government SATCOM-Enabled UAS Operators

By Mike Ball / 26 Oct 2021

International satellite communications (SATCOM) services provider Intelsat has released a whitepaper detailing some of the current challenges and future opportunities for operators of government-owned satellite-connected UAS (unmanned aerial systems) around the world. Download your copy >

As the uses of UAS for government operations begin to expand beyond the standard military-defined framework of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), the need for secure, reliable and flexible high-throughput telecommunications has become increasingly apparent. Currently, there is no one-size-fits-all approach that covers all global regions.

Challenges and Future Opportunities for Governments

The whitepaper covers:

  • The importance of UAS for nations’ military infrastructure
  • The current state of the defense market for UAS
  • Civil and mixed civil-military UAS applications
  • Expanding the opportunities and benefits of SATCOM-enabled UAS
  • Social and societal benefits of commercial satellite-based UAS, including disaster management, firefighting and medical transport
  • Challenges faced by governments seeking to employ UAS
  • The advantages of the Intelsat network for civil and defense agencies.

To find out more about the present and future usage of commercial satellite-connected UAS for government applications around the world, download the full whitepaper from Intelsat’s website.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact