TOKYO —The small satellite revolution sparked by Elon Musk and others has created a need for more viable options for sending massive amounts of data back to Earth.
An industry now estimated at $260.5 billion, this niche satellite market is set for more rapid growth as SpaceX, Boeing and Oneweb all plan huge constellations. Thousands of cube- and microsatellite launches are also scheduled over the next six years. Recognizing the trend, a Japanese start-up called Infostellar has plans to disrupt the status quo.
Infostellar is an Airbnb for satellite antennas. It has a platform that enables antenna-sharing among satellite operators to improve communication for satellites and spacecraft. The idea is to monetize unused inventory when it's lying idle. That is key, since a single antenna only has short conversation windows with a non-geostationary — low-Earth-orbit — satellite per day.