Commercial Space Products and Services
Estimated 2011 revenue for satellite communications reached $## billion, #% higher than the $## billion for 2010. The satellite communications segment includes both fixed satellite services and mobile satellite services. FSS refers to the delivery of satellite communications to stationary ground receivers that can be moved from one location to another but do not work while in transit. MSS systems can maintain a communications link with a mobile receiver, and include applications such as satellite telephones or in-flight communications. Both types carry video, voice, and data.
The satellite services sector, which includes fixed and mobile satellite services, registered $## billion in 2010 revenue, up from $## billion in 2009. Both types of services communicate information in video, voice, and data formats. Fixed satellite services (FSS) refer to the delivery of satellite communications to stationary ground receivers that can be moved from one location to another but do not work while in transit. Mobile satellite services provide similar capabilities but the communication link ties to mobile receivers, such as satellite telephones or in-flight communications.
The key components of FSS revenues are video distribution and data communications, which include both private enterprise networks using VSATs and consumer broadband access. VSAT networks use FSS capacity, and the revenues from those services are captured in the FSS section. VSAT operators also provide hardware and network management services. The newest area of data communications, consumer broadband Internet access, is small but growing in importance. In 2008, the primary market for broadband to the home was in North America, where…