Recent innovations, such as reusable rockets, are making it much easier to put a satellite into space. The cost is dropping quickly, but it is still far too high for most companies to own and launch their own communication satellites. The technical expertise that is required to maintain a network of communication satellites also ensures that doing so is out of reach for the vast majority of companies. Fortunately, capacity leasing allows companies to get access to space-based communications by purchasing it from one of the businesses or governments that can afford to launch, manage, and maintain a fleet of complex satellites.
How It Works
In many ways, leasing satellite capacity is similar to getting any other sort of service from another company. The differences arise from the many unique options that most services offer, many of which can only be found in this industry.
The first choice that every business needs to make when leasing capacity is what sort of service they require. Full-time service is the simplest option, but it isn’t right for everyone. It involves leasing a specific amount of capacity from the company, which is then available whenever the client happens to need it. Part-time service is also available from most providers, which restricts the client to using the space during specific hours in return for a lower cost. Both of those plans are usually intended for long-term use, so they’re not suitable for companies that need space for a single specific use.
In those cases, it’s best to choose an occasional policy. Many companies will allow people to lease capacity for a specific period without any plans for recurring use. Some also allow recurring plans for temporary but unplanned usage. In most cases, it’s best to talk to the provider about your needs and see what they can offer.
Choosing a Provider
There are a lot of different satellite capacity providers out there, and choosing the right one is important. In general, it’s best to choose the provider based on their experience with clients whose needs were similar to your own. That will make sure that they can solve any problems that you encounter as quickly as possible, and make it likely that they can provide advice if you need it.
The provider’s location can also be relevant when making a selection. Local laws and logistical restrictions meant that some companies restrict certain services to specific regions. Be sure to check for restrictions that could interfere with your operations before making a choice.
Many providers can provide support if you need help when integrating satellite communications into your business. The services will vary widely from one provider to the next, so you should always research them before you make a selection. If you don’t need the bonus services immediately, you should still consider their value for potential expansion in the future when making your selection.