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Ring Computing ExTerNet: An Extraterrestrial Network of a Constellation of Geostationary Communications Satellites

【Author in Chinese】 Muhammad Furqan

【Author】 Muhammad Furqan;Satellite Communication Specialist;

【Institution】 Satellite Communication Specialist

【Abstract in Chinese】 Communication satellites in the geostationary orbit have advantage over the lower and medium earth orbits due to global coverage and longer life span. However, latency is the main disadvantage of the traditional geostationary satellites. With considerable expansion of data traffic volume growth due to technologies like Cloud Computing and Internet of Things, terrestrial networks infrastructures are evolving to cope up with increased demand through development in both wired and wireless communications including cellular and fiber optical networks. These developments how rapid they may be cannot keep up with the increasing demand of data capacity. Considering the opportunity many technical corporations stepped up to fill the void by announced Lower Earth Orbit High Throughput Satellites(LEO-HTS) with global coverage and latency less than marine fiber links. These constellations foresee around 10,000 satellites orbiting the planet in the lower earth orbit communicating directly with end-users in the Ku and Ka bands of Radiofrequency spectrum. These developments pose a threat of extinction to traditional geostationary satellite operators. Until now geostationary communication satellites are working merely as physical layer repeaters relaying wireless signals from one point on earth to another or multiple destinations. Conventional satellite communications in geostationary orbit must innovate according to the other Information and Communication Technologies to remain in business. This innovation can be achieved by providing on-board processing with routing and switching capabilities through a constellation of interconnected satellites.

【Abstract】 Communication satellites in the geostationary orbit have advantage over the lower and medium earth orbits due to global coverage and longer life span. However, latency is the main disadvantage of the traditional geostationary satellites. With considerable expansion of data traffic volume growth due to technologies like Cloud Computing and Internet of Things, terrestrial networks infrastructures are evolving to cope up with increased demand through development in both wired and wireless communications including cellular and fiber optical networks. These developments how rapid they may be cannot keep up with the increasing demand of data capacity. Considering the opportunity many technical corporations stepped up to fill the void by announced Lower Earth Orbit High Throughput Satellites(LEO-HTS) with global coverage and latency less than marine fiber links. These constellations foresee around 10,000 satellites orbiting the planet in the lower earth orbit communicating directly with end-users in the Ku and Ka bands of Radiofrequency spectrum. These developments pose a threat of extinction to traditional geostationary satellite operators. Until now geostationary communication satellites are working merely as physical layer repeaters relaying wireless signals from one point on earth to another or multiple destinations. Conventional satellite communications in geostationary orbit must innovate according to the other Information and Communication Technologies to remain in business. This innovation can be achieved by providing on-board processing with routing and switching capabilities through a constellation of interconnected satellites.

  • 【Proceeding Name】 Proceedings of 2016 International Conference in Aerospace for Young Scientists (ICAYS)
  • 【Conference Name】2016国际航空科学青年学者学术会议
  • 【Time】2016-11-12
  • 【Place】中国北京
  • 【CLC code】TN927.2
  • 【Conference Sponsors】北京航空航天大学
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