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Software Test Automation: Technical Challenge For Satellite Industry

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Keysight Technologies, Inc. has released a Defying Gravity survey indicating that three in four decision-makers consider software test automation a top challenge in the satellite industry.

The commercial space sector’s technological advancements drive a significant transformation in the satellite industry, resulting in new designs with significantly shorter cycle times. The demand for accurate simulation, emulation, and testing expertise is currently higher than ever to guarantee successful outcomes in both mission and business.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) has released Defying Gravity, a survey of space technology, indicating that three in four decision-makers view software test automation as one of the primary technical obstacles confronting the satellite industry. The survey found that 76% of industry professionals see software test automation as the top challenge, followed by system-level modeling and simulation (53%) and design validation (46%). Respondents identified shortened product development times (43%), advanced payload systems (37%), and artificial intelligence (34%) as the top industry trends, emphasizing the need for advanced automation and emulation tools.

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The top ten industry trends for the next three years were surveyed, and satellites were the most frequently mentioned. Small satellites in geosynchronous earth orbit (GEO) were the top trend, followed by very high throughput satellites, cybersecurity, in-orbit services, and large low earth orbit (LEO) constellations.

Data gathering and communications top impacts

Respondents identified data gathering, research, and communications as the top applications that will impact the industry, with big-data gathering and analytics being the most frequently cited. Earth observation, global positioning/time services, science/research, and internet/voice/broadcast services were also mentioned as significant applications.

Costs and supply chain greatest risks

Respondents ranked costs and supply chain as the primary risks to their projects. Cost unpredictability was cited as the top risk, followed by part/subsystem supply, technical scope, and program funding.

Keysight offers space and satellite solutions for end-to-end design and development lifecycle, including testing expertise for payloads, RF systems, power subsystems, ground stations, and terminal user support. Keysight’s end-to-end design and validation tools assure customers that their satellite and subsystems will function flawlessly throughout its mission. Keysight’s end-to-end design and validation tools assure customers that their satellite and subsystems will function flawlessly throughout its mission. The researchers surveyed Keysight with space and satellite ecosystem members from C-suite to managers worldwide.

Reference : Keysight Newsroom and www.keysight.com

Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal
Nidhi Agarwal is a journalist at EFY. She is an Electronics and Communication Engineer with over five years of academic experience. Her expertise lies in working with development boards and IoT cloud. She enjoys writing as it enables her to share her knowledge and insights related to electronics, with like-minded techies.

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