Hosted Payload Quarterly

Atlas 5 Rocket Launches MUOS 2 Mission

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket carrying the second Mobile User Objective System (MUOS 2) satellite for the U.S. Navy lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on Friday July 19.      MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to improve beyond-line-of-sight communications […]

By | August 6, 2013

AIS Engineering Provides US Government with Ku-Band Services

AIS Engineering has been awarded a Custom Satellite Solutions Small Business (CS2SB) task order to provide U.S., Europe, Southwest Asia and Horn of Africa Ku-Band services for deployable communications. The order includes one base year and four option years.     CS2SB is part of the Future Commercial SATCOM Acquisition (FCSA) program, which is managed by […]

By | August 6, 2013

Northrop Grumman Delivers Second EPS Hosted Payload

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered the second of two payloads that will be hosted on government-owned satellites to bring protected, extremely high frequency (EHF) communications to users in the North Polar region (above 65 degrees north). Developed for the U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System (EPS), the payload efficiently leverages hardware and software designs Northrop […]

By | August 6, 2013

Aireon Awards ITT Exelis $42 Million Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Contract

Aireon has awarded a $42 million contract to ITT Exelis to provide the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data processing and distribution component for Aireon’s global space-based air traffic surveillance system.      Aireon, a joint venture between Iridium Communications and Nav Canada  will take advantage of the hosted payload space on Iridium NEXT – Iridium’s second-generation […]

By | August 6, 2013

NASA Selects Surrey Satellite US for Deep Space Atomic Clock Payload

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has selected Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US (SST-US) for the flight of the Deep Space Atomic Clock (DSAC) payload under the sponsorship of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). Under the agreement, SST-US will provide a hosted payload flight opportunity for the NASA DSAC payload on its upcoming OTB mission, […]

By | August 6, 2013

Industry Awaits for Hosted Payload Breakthrough from the US Government

While there is clearly an international opportunity for hosted payloads, a lot of eyes still remain on the U.S. government. While we have seen a slew of deals earlier this year, a real breakthrough with the U.S. government may not be far away. Hosted Payloads are set to enter the thinking far earlier when looking […]

By | August 6, 2013

Harris Exec Expects Hosted Payload Opportunities to Emerge

Harris Government Communications Systems (Harris GCS) is positioning itself to be a key player in what promises to be an exciting hosted payload market in the United States over the next year. With the U.S. government putting in an infrastructure/architecture that will make it easier to do hosted payload deals in the future, Harris GCS […]

By | August 6, 2013

US DoD Official Gives Upbeat Forecast on Hosted Payload Market

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is taking significant steps to make hosted payloads a more likely reality in the coming months by doing a lot of work behind the scenes, which will make it easier to facilitate potential deals with the commercial satellite sector. Douglas Loverro, deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy at […]

By | August 6, 2013

ViviSat Introduces Hosted Payload Capability on MEV Servicing Vehicles

In-orbit servicing provider ViviSat has unveiled a highly agile hosted payload capability that aims to supplement its life extension services. ViviSat uses the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV), manufactured its parent company, ATK. The primary mission of the MEV is to dock with an orbiting satellite and serve as the propulsion and attitude control systems. This […]

By | May 13, 2013

Harris’ 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 | May 13, 2013

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