Boeing has unveiled its 702X family of software-defined satellites, including a 1,900kg variant for geosynchronous orbit. According to Boeing, the 702X technology enables operators to adapt to changing market conditions by dynamically allocating bandwidth.
The 702X builds on Boeing’s existing 702 series of satellites. Thus the 702X platform incorporates a mature design, with a medium Earth orbit version already in production. Advanced manufacturing processes used in the manufacture of the satellite are cliamed to “dramatically reduce” cost and schedule risk while allowing the 702X to be delivered to customers within three years.
The 702X satellites are claimed to enable operators to distribute capacity to a variety of end users, connecting airplanes, businesses, ships, autonomous vehicles and broadband internet users around the world.
“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 at Boeing Commercial Satellites. “The 702X gives our customers the tools necessary to evolve with the market.”
The 702X is available to customers today, and Boeing estimates the first 702X geosynchronous variant will be operational as soon as 2022.