Bandwidth Demand boosts due to UAS in civil airspace in USA

The “eyes in the sky” scenario outlined by the U.S. Pentagon is now beginning to make its way towards civil government use – a trend that will add significantly to commercial satellite bandwidth requirements over the long term, with UAS dominating the comms-on-the-move (COTM) segment until 2020.
As a key weapon in the U.S.’ counter-terrorism strategy, the U.S. Military plans to deploy air, surface, and undersea robotic vehicles, which will be an integral component of future capacity demand. However, civil agencies are increasing UAS requirements as well that could further boost bandwidth needs. For instance, the U.S. State Department has taken to operating a small fleet of unarmed surveillance drones in Iraq to protect American personnel and has indicated that it may expand its drone programme to other high-risk countries in the coming years. Closer to home, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received its 9th Predator-B to be used for patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Source: Northern Sky Research

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