LeoSat and Thales Alenia Space say they continue to study the architecture and performance of the LeoSat proposed low Earth orbit satellite constellation, which will provide high-speed, low-latency, cost-effective broadband services worldwide, ranging from 50 Mbps on the low end to 1.2 Gbps on the high end, per end user device.
This study phase, started nine months ago, has already resulted in a preliminary system design for the LeoSat constellation.
In the coming months, LeoSat and Thales Alenia Space will assess architecture and performance of the overall system, including both the ground and space segments.
The LeoSat constellation is initially planned to include 80 to 120 high-powered, Ka-band satellites in low earth orbit, providing worldwide coverage specifically for large private corporations and government agencies.
The system will be designed to provide point-to-point data connections to and from anywhere on Earth without the need for any interstitial terrestrial landings or transport. In other words, signals will be carried satellite to satellite.
The data will be able to travel in its native format, encrypted and secured from end to end.
The satellites will fly in polar orbits at an altitude of approximately 1,400 kilometers, Each satellite will be fitted with a dozen steerable spot beams, providing an aggregate throughout of greater than 10 Gbps.