Optical Communications: The Next Satellite Frontier

In recent years, the space industry has shifted from government-led exploration to an intense period of commercialization. This disruption created an array of opportunities that were impossible a decade ago, with technology advancements acting as the catalysts for much of this development. Today, entrepreneurs and enterprises fuel explosive growth and innovation, creating a gold rush to space as they strive to be first. The increase in competition has upended the space economy, with costs falling significantly. The lowering of barriers to entry has driven the new wave of low-earthorbit (LEO) mega-constellations, creating an opportunity for optical communications as the need for bandwidth grows exponentially., Space missions are now commonplace. The industry is rapidly evolving, with private organizations pushing the boundaries of innovation. Their goals range from building the next generation of reusable rockets to scaling LEO communication satellites and reaching planets deeper in the solar system, with the ultimate goal of sending humans to Mars.
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Space Missions - A list of all Space Missions

esa

Name Date
Altius 01 May, 2025
AWS 01 Mar, 2024
Eutelsat Quantum 30 Jul, 2021
Sentinel 6 21 Nov, 2020
Cheops 18 Dec, 2019
EDRS 06 Aug, 2019
Small Geostationary Satellite 17 Nov, 2018
BepiColombo 20 Oct, 2018
Aeolus 22 Aug, 2018
Sentinel 3B 25 Apr, 2018

isro

Name Date
EOS-2 07 Aug, 2022
EOS-4 14 Feb, 2022
EOS-3 12 Aug, 2021
EOS-1 07 Nov, 2020
RISAT-2BR1 11 Dec, 2019
Cartosat-3 27 Nov, 2019
Chandrayaan II 06 Sep, 2019
RISAT-2B 22 May, 2019
Resourcesat-2A 07 Dec, 2016
AstroSat 28 Sep, 2015

nasa

Name Date
NEO Surveyor 01 Jun, 2028
Libera 01 Dec, 2027
Europa Clipper 10 Oct, 2024
SpaceX CRS-29 09 Nov, 2023
Psyche 13 Oct, 2023
DSOC 13 Oct, 2023
Psyche Asteroid 05 Oct, 2023
Expedition 70 27 Sep, 2023
SpaceX Crew-7 25 Aug, 2023
STARLING 18 Jul, 2023