Satellite operators

Satellite operators are the companies that build, launch and operate satellites, and they are in business to make money by operating satellites to provide telecommunication services. Before they can earn a single dollar in revenue from the use of a satellite, an operator will have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build the satellite, launch it by rocket into orbit, and get it working. Once it is in orbit, it costs money year on year to operate a ground control facility and keep the satellite flying for around 15 years.

We will look briefly at who actually operates the satellites, describing some of the principal global and regional satellite systems, focussing on those that allow access for SNG, and how these can ...

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