Kratos, Intelsat, Hispasat: Software-defined payloads put satellites into IP world. Satellite builders might worry

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Satellite ground system provider Kratos and fleet operators Intelsat and Hispasat plotted a route to fuller satellite integration into the terrestrial IP network. Satellites will lose some of their uniqueness but offer lower costs and higher flexibility to users.

Everyone wins, with the possible exception of some satellite manufacturers.

“Satellites in the past have been special, and that will go away,” said Stuart Daughtridge, vice president for advanced technology at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions. “They will be just another . . .

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