Cover Story: Crisis Communication: More Calls For Satellite

The English language is full of clich�s. One of these is, "it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow somebody some good." Apparently conceived in the days of sailing ships, this truism simply means that one person’s misfortune is another person’s opportunity. But the growing global demand for reliable communications, especially by agencies and governments charged […]

By | May 3, 2004

Business TV: With New Applications Come New Opportunities

By Susan Trott Remember when business television (BTV) was only synonymous with talking head CEOs relaying corporate information to their staff? Well, times have changed. Although the one-way broadcasts associated with such executive talks still occur, BTV’s trend is moving toward two-way interactive, multimedia broadcasts that look more like well-produced TV programs. Moreover, BTV is […]

By | March 1, 2004

The Bush Space Vision–A Big Splash, But No Cash

by Christopher Mecray The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) received heaping criticism in recent years for lacking an inspired vision for space exploration to provide a tangible focal point for its future. This criticism manifested in pressure for NASA to better support the case for ongoing funding of the manned space program, which intensified […]

By | March 1, 2004

Dollars and Sense: Government Space Programs And The Looming Budget–Is The Commercial Side Headed For Trouble?

by Christopher Mecray A quick examination of key government space programs yields an overwhelming impression of a long-held maxim in this area: Nearly all programs have massively exceeded budgets, many are delayed and performance visibility remains dim going forward. While this is not the first ink to be spilled to lament this fact, we would […]

By | January 1, 2004

Internet Technology: Pushing The Limits

Peter J. Brown With its ability to instantly deliver Internet Protocol (IP)-based video, voice and data anywhere in the world, the satellite industry is simply giving the public and private sectors more options. A few vertical industries where satellite technology offers solutions include health care, energy, public safety, transportation and Homeland Security, each of which […]

By | December 1, 2003

Dollars And Sense: The State Of Defense And Aerospace Primes–Weathering Divergent Styles

by Christopher Mecray In perhaps one of the best examples of corporate health schizophrenia in recent years, the aerospace/defense industry is enjoying some of the best of times and enduring perhaps some of the worst of times within its own vertical markets. A dichotomous picture emerges of a healthy, even booming defense sector, offset in […]

By | December 1, 2003

Dollars And Sense: Military Space Control–Get Involved

by Carissa Bryce Christensen Space control–assuring that friendly forces can use the space environment while denying its use to the enemy–is perhaps the highest priority space mission of the United States military. The terminology for the elements of the space control mission–space situational awareness, defensive counterspace and offensive counterspace–may not be familiar, but many of […]

By | November 1, 2003

Dollars And Sense: The Long, Not So Hot, Summer–U.S. Launch Sector Struggles For Rationalization

by Chris Mecray The summer of 2003 was clearly tough for the global space market, as commercial players struggled to hold on until some semblance of a recovery kicks in–and faces are turning a disturbing shade of blue. While Europe started off the summer on an improving note with a restructuring of its rocket’s program […]

By | October 1, 2003

Dollars And Sense: How Good A Satcom Customer Is The DoD?

by Carissa Bryce Christensen The U.S. Defense Department (DoD) continues to become a bigger customer for commercial satellite communication services. Since September 11, 2001, DoD has increased its use of commercial satellites to support Operation Enduring Freedom from one commercial transponder for the region to more than 35, buying satellite capacity from global suppliers. More […]

By | September 1, 2003

X-band: How Interested Should The Commercial Sector Be?

Supplying a diverse cache of satellite services is currently a major driver among industry executives needing to increase their profit margins. The commercial satellite payload operators catering to global clients are now exploring new opportunities outside of the traditional C- and Ku- and more recently utilized Ka-band spectrums. One band some satellite service providers are […]

By | August 1, 2003

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