Space News - January 3, 2022

As the next wave of non-geostationary satellite constellations seeks U.S. Federal Communications Commission permission to operate in V-band, antenna makers are racing to make business cases viable in this Extremely High Frequency (EHF) area of radio spectrum.

A variety of companies, some already operating spacecraft in other frequencies, filed for nearly 38,000 V-band satellites by the FCC’s Nov. 4 deadline.

The filings are the latest step for satellite operators marching to higher frequency bands that promise more bandwidth and throughput as they become harder to utilize, increasingly subject to weather attenuation and other issues.

Some analysts say the rush of V-band satellite hopefuls is merely a land grab for beachfront spectrum that could prove valuable later down the line.

Armand Musey, founder of advisory firm Summit Ridge Group, said “it’s doubtful that more than a fraction will get built.”

However, ground segment players are sniffing an opportunity they cannot afford to miss.