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

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

Lockheed Martin Grabs an Additional $342.6 Million in Military Satellite Deals

The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin Space Systems two contracts to produce the Space-Based Infrared Systems GEO 5-6 satellite (SBIRS) and purchase materials needed to construct its seventh and eighth GPS-3 satellites.    The two awards are worth a combined $342.6 million. SBIRS is part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s missile defense program and [...]

By | March 13, 2013

ADSB, YahSat Awarded UAE Navy Baynunah Satcom Contract

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), provider of construction, repair and refit services for naval, military and commercial vessels, and Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (YahSat) have been awarded a contract to fit satellite communications systems to the complete fleet of UAE Navy Baynunah class corvettes.    Under the contract, YahSat and communications company Rohde & [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Next Steps Revealed in DARPA’s Phoenix Satellite Repurposing Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has unveiled initial development details from its Phoenix Program, which aims to recycle older, non-functional satellites for repurposing. The agency launched a video on its website that showcases various prototype arms that can grip a satellite hurdling through space 22,000 miles above the Earth.    DARPA Phoenix Program [...]

By | March 13, 2013

Arabsat CEO Balkheyour: Hosted Payload Announcement Coming at SATELLITE 2013

Arabsat CEO Khalid Balkheyour has confirmed to Via Satellite that the company concluded a hosted payload deal on its BADR-7 satellite and will announce the customer at the SATELLITE 2013 conference next week. Balkheyour spoke with Via Satellite about how the deal, which had been a long time in the making, should give the hosted [...]

By | March 13, 2013