17. The Future

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch17

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) The Future, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch17

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • handsets;
  • narrowband wireless technologies;
  • satellite industry trends;
  • satellite systems


This conclusory chapter explores the recent trends in the evolution of satellite systems within the confines of the theme and the length of the book. The authors observe that the developments in the satellite personal applications sector are markedly influenced by terrestrial technology. The chapter discusses the influences guiding the growth of satellite consumer products, their impact on the evolution of the technology and the trend. It highlights the main features, focusing on developments at the leading edge of the book. The next-generation communication systems could provide user handsets with services ranging from voice to high-definition videos transported on a number of broad- or narrowband wireless technologies, depending on the user situation. The satellite community is playing a role in contributing towards a better understanding of changes to the world’s geographical landscape, the emission-absorption mechanism of greenhouse gases, the macroimpact of climatic change and monitoring of the ozone content.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

mobile handsets; satellite navigation; wireless sensor networks