The presentation will provide
an overview of the evolutionary pressures on payloads, introduce some major
themes for the future and identify the challenges facing the industry. Examples
of both incremental technology advances and disrupter technologies will be discussed.
Key technologies wil be identified which facilitate large capacity geostationary
payloads in mobile, fixed and broadband applications. The key developments needed
to enable these payloads involve phased array antennas and digital processing.
Key antenna technologies include MEMS, GaN and phased array architectures and
these will need to be demonstrated in orbit prior to customer acceptance.