LEO Satellite Communications

Modified on Thu, 31 Aug 2023 at 01:20 PM

What are LEO Satellites?

LEO stands for Low Earth Orbit. LEO satellites orbit at altitudes ranging from about 112 miles (180 kilometers) to 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers) above the Earth's surface. Due to their closer proximity to Earth compared to other types of satellites, they can provide faster and more accurate data transfer. They're commonly used for a variety of purposes including imaging, climate monitoring, and, in the case of LoneStar Tracking, water tank level monitoring and cattle tracking.

How does LoneStar Tracking Use LEO Satellites?

Our systems utilize the capabilities of LEO satellites to provide monitoring of various metrics. For instance:

  • Water Tank Level Monitoring: By using satellite-based technology, we're able to keep you updated on the water levels in your tanks. This ensures that you have a clear idea of when to refill, preventing shortages.

  • GPS Ear Tags for Cattle: Through satellite tracking, we can pinpoint the location of your livestock, helping to ensure their safety and well-being.

The Dynamics of LEO Satellite Communication

Due to their proximity to Earth, LEO satellites move quickly across the sky. This continuous movement means that:

  1. Coverage Varies: At times, several satellites might be in view of your device, while at other moments, there may be none in the immediate vicinity.

  2. Clear Line of Sight Needed: For successful communication, there needs to be an unobstructed line of sight between the device and the satellite. Buildings, trees, or even specific atmospheric conditions might temporarily block this line of sight.

Setting the Right Expectations

While LEO satellite communication offers many advantages, like faster data speeds and lower latency, there are certain inherent challenges:

  • Missed Data is Normal: Due to the reasons mentioned above, there might be occasions when the device cannot communicate with the satellite. It's a natural occurrence and does not indicate a fault with your device or our system.

  • Environmental Factors: Thick tree cover, mountainous regions, or certain weather conditions can further impact the communication between your device and the satellite.


LEO satellites provide a robust solution for remote monitoring and tracking, especially in places where traditional networks might not reach. However, like all technologies, there are moments when it might not work perfectly. It's essential to understand these nuances and set realistic expectations. Rest assured, our devices and systems are designed to handle these challenges and provide you with the best possible data as consistently as possible.

Should you ever have concerns about data transmission or want to know more about how our systems work, feel free to get in touch with our team. Your understanding and satisfaction are paramount to us at LoneStar Tracking.

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