July 19, 2021 – Volume 17 – No. 6
Future Space Digital Forum
July 26-29
Conference & Exhibition
September 7-10 in National Harbor, MD
Digital Encore
September 27-October 1
LEO Digital Forum
Session Recordings Available
EMEA + Asia Digital Forum
Session Recordings Available
Downlink 6: The Future of Satellites: Technology, Connectivity, and the Space Economy

Jeffrey Hill
Chair, SATELLITE 2021

I hope you are all enjoying your summer and gearing up for the big event in September! The SATELLITE team and I have two important bits of news to share with you in this issue of Downlink.

First – the SATELLITE 2021 Future Space Digital Forum kicks off one week from today! Starting on Monday, July 26 at 11:00 am, we will host four days of virtual conference sessions that will help both industry veterans and those who are completely new to our community get a grasp on the current state of satellite technology and services. These sessions will explain everything that modern satellites and satellite ground systems can… Read More


Conference News

Keynote Speaker Announced! Sunil Bharti Mittal, the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, and now Executive Chairman of OneWeb, will deliver SATELLITE 2021’s opening keynote address on Wednesday, September 8.

The Future of Global Satellite Connectivity
Mittal’s keynote will be immediately followed by SATELLITE 2021’s Wednesday General Session, featuring Steve Collar, CEO, SES, Dan…

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Exhibition News

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our first-time exhibitors!

Accurate Circuit Engineering; AeroGo, Inc.; APCO Technologies; Applied Companies; Apposite Technologies; Astroscale U.S. Inc.; Calumet Electronics; Global Konet Co., Ltd.; GPD Optoelectronics Corp.; Isar Aerospace; KebNi; Lion Precision, A Carlisle Company; MACOM; Marotta; Mynaric; NXT Communications Corporation; Officina Stellare SpA; Ohmega Technologies LLC;…

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Health + Safety

We appreciate your support of this event and want to ensure you have a safe and healthy experience while onsite. The Gaylord National Convention Center will operate in accordance with Marriott International’s “Commitment to Clean” standards. Click here to visit our website and find what we're doing to ensure your safety.

Keynote for SATELLITE Announced!

Sunil Bharti Mittal, one of India’s most successful and iconic business leaders, will deliver SATELLITE 2021’s opening keynote address. He is the founder and chairman of Bharti Enterprises, and now Executive Chairman of LEO satellite constellation operator OneWeb.

Mittal will discuss the recent partnership with the UK Government that led to the acquisition of OneWeb, as well his role as the company’s majority shareholder, alongside investors that include Eutelsat, Hughes Network Systems, and SoftBank.

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Industry News

John Deere Exec Examines LEO Possibilities in Agriculture

John Deere, the U.S. agricultural farming giant, is likely to deepen its relationship with the satellite sector over the next few years.

The company has a history with satellite and began to develop its StarFire Network in 1998. It was one world’s first global satellite-based augmentation… READ MORE

Industry News

Branson Reaches Space on Virgin Galactic Flight

Nearly two decades after founding Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson has made it to space, in a flight that could signify the start of space tourism. Brason was along for the ride when SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity reached space on July 11 in a pre-commercial, test flight. 

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Industry News

Understanding the Pieces on the Board in the New Satellite Game

The past year-an-a-half must have felt like an out-of-body experience for the satellite industry. After nearly two decades of rapid technology innovation and broadening access to space, the COVID-19 pandemic placed an already anxious and eager satellite industry in a waiting room with… READ MORE

Industry News

2021: The Calm Before the Storm

The year 2021 is one we will remember for a long time. Many of us began the year at home as the world continued to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020s were already shaping up to be a key decade for the satellite industry, with aggressive plans… READ MORE