US Army Operation

Making More Efficient Use of Milsatcom and Comsatcom

Much of the satellite communications (satcom) capability the United States military uses today is provided by commercial satellites. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) reports that the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently spends around $1 billion every year for this capability. While much of DoD’s needs are met with this commercial satellite communications [...]

By | May 5, 2014

Tip Osterthaler SES Government Solutions

SES GS Exec Warns of Looming Challenges From Spot-Market Dependence

The United States military is seeking to curtail its spending, but its need for greater bandwidth is increasing, not unlike the commercial sector. SES Government Solutions provides commercial satellite services to the United States through a constellation of 56 geostationary satellites. At the helm is President and CEO Tip Osterthaler, who retired in 1997 from [...]

By | May 5, 2014

Amphibious assault ship Navy

Harris Received $133 Million CBSP ULV Contract from US Navy

[Via Satellite 04-25-2014] Harris has been awarded an eight-year $133 million contract from the U.S. Navy to provide shipboard terminals that give access to high-bandwidth voice and data communications. Harris will provide up to 120 terminals, on top of the 70 that were already provided since 2008 under the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Commercial Broadband [...]

By | April 25, 2014

SLM-5650A Satellite Modem

Comtech Receives $3.1 Million Satellite Modem Order from US Army

[Via Satellite 04-25-2014] Comtech’s Arizona-based subsidiary, Comtech EF Data, received a $3.1 million order from the U.S. Army’s Defense Communications and Army Transmission Systems (DCATS) for SLM 5650A Satellite Modems. The modems support data rates from 8 kbps to 155 Mbps and symbol rates from 32 ksps to 64 Msps. The SLM 5650A modems provide [...]

By | April 25, 2014

Abrams Main Battle Tank

Orbcomm, Savi Receive RFID-IV Contract From DoD

[Via Satellite 04-24-2014] The United States Department of Defense has awarded Savi Technology, a partner company of Orbcomm, with a five-year contract as the sole provider to the $204 million RFID-IV program. The DoD set a $102 million cap for Savi to provide active Radio Frequency Identification (aRFID) sensors, readers, Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS), Satellite [...]

By | April 24, 2014

MUOS ground system

General Dynamics Opens MUOS Radio Testing Laboratory

[Via Satellite 04-23-2014] General Dynamics C4 Systems opened one of two United States Navy-approved laboratories that support radio terminal testing for the Multiple User Objective System (MUOS) space-ground network. Companies that desire to use the lab must receive approval from the Navy’s Communications Satellite Program office, PMW 146, to authorize access. The first company to [...]

By | April 23, 2014

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

Mark Holmes Photo

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

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