Boeing had a successful year with its 702 platform but the industry demands more dynamic satellites that do not necessarily have 10-15 years of life-time. The technology is rapidly changing and operators need to stay abreast on providing the highest throughput possible.
With various small GEO manufacturers already available in the market such as Astranis, Terran Orbital, Maxar Technologies and Saturn Satellite Networks, who already have secured orders, Boeing has decided to tap this market as well.
The flexibility demanded by operators that require shorter manufacturing time and dynamic payload flexibility for specific regions has been increasing. The new 702X family of software-defined satellites with a 1,900kg variant for geosynchronous orbit unfueled. “Satellites are, and will continue to be, an integral part of our data-driven society,” said Eric Jensen, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Commercial Satellites. “The 702X gives our customers the tools necessary to evolve with the market.”
The 702X is available to customers today. Boeing estimates the first 702X geosynchronous variant will be operational as soon as 2022.