Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Satellite 2011 is Taking Off

According to a release this morning, the 30th annual SATELLITE Conference has record attendance this year. More than 10,000 satellite communications professionals from 70 countries are at the event which continues today and tomorrow at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center located in Washington D.C.

The SATELLITE 2011 Exhibition has grown to include 325 companies, more than 60 of which are exhibiting at SATELLITE for the first time. In addition to enjoying the variety of products and services available on the show floor, attendees have enjoyed the outdoor exhibit area featuring large antennas, truck- and car-mounted satellite systems and more. I was excited about the outdoor exhibit but was somewhat disappointed that is only had 2 displays - hopefully it will grow next year.

The SATELLITE 2011 Conference began yesterday with chief executives from the world’s four largest satellite operators discussing the future of the satellite marketplace. Today’s general session is Competing For Customers: The MSS CEOs Speak Out.

The conference’s remaining sessions include High Throughput Satellites: Broadband and Beyond; A New Generation of MSS Terminals: What’s Next for MSS Equipment: Hosted Payloads: Thinking Outside the Box; 3-D TV via Satellite: Building Foundations for Success: Earth Observation- A Luxury Item or a Commodity?; How Can Commercial Satellite Providers Best Meet Government Requirements for COTM?; Satellites and Broadcasting: A 30-Year Warning, among many others.

There are a large number of RF/microwave companies here ranging from T&M to antennas to components. There are a very large number of filter and high power amplifier companies represented along with the system companies like L-3, Cobham, Rockwell Collins, Boeing, GD, LMC, Hughes, Thales, EADS, etc. We will do a complete wrap up of the show in a few days and then it is on to CTIA next week. Hopefully I will have time for a few videos today and will try to include those also.