Possible O3b coverage, adding northern inclined elliptical-orbit satellites. Created with SaVi.
The O3bI satellites will have coverage of the entire Earth with their inclined orbit of 70 degrees.
"We love equatorial - it is by miles the most efficient for low cost/Mbps but will launch inclined planes to augment"
"Some of those satellites may also operate in elliptical orbits, which will increase O3b's capacity over polar regions."
"Addressing a conference call with investors, Sabbagh said O3b, which has eight more satellites on order and scheduled to launch by late 2019, eventually would extend its reach to the polar regions by launching satellites in high-inclination orbits."
"SES CEO Sabbagh: Future O3b sats will be in higher-inclination orbits to reach the polar regions."
"There are currently no non-GEO-HTS solutions at the poles, due to limitations of O3b's coverage"
"Ashok Rao, O3B Networks vice president of product development, shared his company's bullish growth plans, which included an elliptical orbit fleet"
O3b 3.7m dishes in Port Moresby
We propose an addition of known elliptical orbits to the new equatorial O3b satellite constellation, extending O3b to cover high latitudes and the Earth's poles. We simulate the O3b constellation and compare this to recent measurement of the first real Internet traffic across the newly deployed O3b network.
Revisiting elliptical satellite orbits to enhance the O3b constellation (829K)
JBIS 2014.67.110 | issue summary | arXiv: 1407.2521.
Lloyd Wood (L.Wood@society.surrey.ac.uk)