GVF Press Release





‘Shark Tank’ Format Sets Stage for Answers to the Billion-Dollar Question: Will Satellite Antenna Innovations Enable 100%+ Increase 

in Projected Short-Term Deliveries?




Thursday, 19 April 2018


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Billions of dollars in government and commercial contracts depend on the successful development of flat panel and beam-forming satellite communications antennas to support fixed and mobile land, maritime and aeronautical applications. When, where and at what cost these systems will be delivered will be the focus for delegates attending the Applied Innovation Conference scheduled to be held by the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) on May 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C.


Hosted by Intelsat at the organization’s offices in Tysons Corner, Virginia – and with independent moderation from SpaceNews’ Journalist Caleb Henry and top industry association leadership – the event will provide manufacturers of flat-panel antennas to participate in the conference’s “shark tank” sessions, where analysts, engineers and commercial directors from every layer of the industry will explore the financial and operational implications of next-generation antenna developments.


The stakes are huge. Northern Sky Research (NSR) - a top global research and consulting firm based in the US that specializes in space and satellite communications market trends,forecasts…


 -- Cumulative equipment revenues will exceed $8 billion by 2027, growing at 34.1% CAGR, with nearly 2 million flat-panel units shipped by 2027.


-- Mobility applications will be responsible for 91% of equipment revenues, with commercial aeronautical to dominate with 19,800 units shipped by 2027.


-- The battle for non-GEO HTS will be won or lost on the ground, with equipment performance and price points acting as the main factor for transformational growth.


The conference’s Silver Sponsor is Isotropic Networks, a global solutions based provider of satellite internet services, with Bronze Sponsorship provided by Globecomm, an engineering-driven, global connectivity provider and Exhibition Sponsor provided by Integrasys, an manufacturer of Satellite Spectrum Monitoring systems. GVF’s event will be held in coordination with other top industry associations, including: Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI), and the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR).


“GEOs, MEOs and LEOs are deploying at an unprecedented rate, and key satcom growth markets depend upon delivery of cost-effective, high-performance antenna systems,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF.  “From the Internet of Things and M2M, to satellite-enabled 4G and 5G, the applications that will depend on short-term antenna innovations are without precedent.”


Based on strong industry demand GVF is planning to hold follow-on Applied Innovation programs; further updates will be forthcoming. To view industry innovators who participated in this year’s conference program, download presentations delivered during the event and receive news on future conferences, visit the Applied Innovation Conference website:  www.gvfaic.org

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