Veronica Magan

Hosted Payload Players Optimistic About Security Challenges

As the satellite industry pushes to strengthen its ties with government customers, hosted payloads continue to arise as a good win-win business model for private-public partnerships – but there are challenges aplenty. At the “Protecting the Payload: Increased Use Calls for Increased Security” panel at the Hosted Payload Summit 2013 in Washington, D.C., industry experts [...]

By | October 21, 2013

Patrick Wood

Astrium Exec Talks 10 Year Learnings from Skynet Program

Patrick Wood Photo: Astrium In October 2003, in one of the major deals of its kind in the milsatcom space, the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) signed a multi-billion dollar contract with Paradigm Secure Communications to develop the Skynet 5 program, which now encompasses four dedicated milsatcom satellites. These satellites, which were financed through a [...]

By | October 21, 2013

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Can the Milsatcom Market Recover?

Despite a slowdown in government spending, milsatcom remains a market of extremes. While it is clear governments around the world are looking for more creative solutions to fill their bandwidth needs, demands for bandwidth continues to increase. So, while the market is proving tough for all players across the value chain, there are still opportunities [...]

By | October 21, 2013

Boeing WGS-5 Arrives in Florida to Prepare for ULA Delta 4 Launch

Boeing has shipped its fifth Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite, which aims to provide faster transmission of airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance imagery to the United States Air Force. WGS-5 arrived at the Astrotech processing facility March 9 and will undergo preflight checkout, fueling and integration before its launch later this year on a United [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Millennium Space Systems, Air Force Sign Weather Satellite Gap Solutions Deal

The Air Force Space and Missile Center’s Defense Weather Systems Directorate has signed a contract with Millennium Space Systems for a 12-month research program on Systems and Spacecraft for space-based weather sensing.    As part of the USAF Weather Satellite Follow-On Activities (WSFA) risk reduction technology project, the company will identify affordable, low-risk, and schedule-responsive [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Harris to Modernize Air Force Meteorological Satellite Program

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center’s Defense Weather Systems Directorate has chosen Harris Corporation to conduct a study and make recommendations to help modernize the U.S. Defense Meteorological Satellite Program.    As part of the study, Harris will analyze the existing Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) space and ground assets and recommend plans [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Inmarsat Expands Mobile Tactical BLOS Communications for Government Users

Inmarsat has announced the expansion of mobile tactical Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLOS) communications to a broader range of new government users through the company’s L-band satellites.    The company plans to launch L-TAC, a new L-band service, which will deliver a ‘UHF-like’ tactical satellite capability for use with existing UHF tactical radios for approved government customers at [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Satellite Industry Awaits Impact of Never-Ending U.S. Government Budget Battle

Satellite companies with exposure to Defense Department and broader government budgets in the United States should expect to see incremental headwinds as across-the-board cuts as a result of government sequestration are implemented, according to a new report from analysis firm Needham.    The much discussed sequester, officially enacted March 1, will result in an 8 [...]

By | March 13, 2013

TS2 Uses Hylas 2 to Expand Satellite Internet Access in Afghanistan

TS2 Satellite Technologies has expanded its Internet service in Afghanistan using Avanti’s Hylas 2 satellite, which is equipped with Ka bandwidth transponders that enable bidirectional data transmission and additional services for corporations, individuals, and government agencies in rapidly growing international markets.    Additionally, TS2 will launch commercial links in selected African and East European countries, [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Janet Nickloy Named 2013 Hosted Payload Alliance Chair

The Hosted Payload Alliance (HPA) has selected Janet Nickloy, director of Aerospace Mission Solutions for Harris Corporation, as its 2013 chair.    The HPA fosters dialogue between the government and the satellite industry to promote the benefits of hosted government payloads on commercial satellites. At Harris, Nickloy is responsible for growth strategies related to payloads, [...]

By | March 13, 2013