Hosted Payload Quarterly

Aireon Signs Long-Term Data Services contract with Nav Canada

Aireon LLC, developer of the first satellite-based global air traffic surveillance system, has announced a long-term commercial data services contract with Nav Canada. Aireon will use the hosted payload space available on Iridium NEXT, Iridium Communications’ second-generation satellite constellation scheduled for first launch in 2015 to provide the service.     Aireon, a joint venture between […]

By | May 13, 2013

Yahsat Selects Astrium to Provide Military Ka-Band to the U.S. Government

Yahsat has selected Astrium Services Government to offer Yahsat’s Military Ka-band service to the U.S. government. The service will allow any U.S. government or Department of Defense end user to access Yahsat Military Ka-band capacity, which is compatible with the WideBand Global Satellite (WGS) constellation.     Under the deal, Astrium Services will provide end-to-end […]

By | May 13, 2013

EMC’s President Hints at More Hosted Payload Deals

Emerging Markets Communications (EMC), which signed a strategic commercial agreement to use Arabsat’s new BADR-7 satellite earlier this year, could look to do further hosted payload deals in the near future, according to Blake McLane, the company’s new president.     “The strategy aligns with what we want to accomplish from a risk portfolio perspective,” […]

By | May 13, 2013

Hosted Payloads Moves to Front and Center Again

I always thought PowerPoint presentations were fairly innocuous and really just a way of stimulating debate, but it seems a presentation that Kay Sears gave in 2007 was a key spark behind the deal that ultimately took place between GeoMetWatch and AsiaSat.     The recent deal flow in hosted payloads has been encouraging. The […]

By | May 13, 2013

Kay Sears, Intelsat General’s President’s Powerpoint Presentation Sparks GeoMetWatch/AsiaSat deal

A PowerPoint presentation given by Intelsat General’s President, Kay Sears proved to be the catalyst that sparked GeoMetWatch (GMW) to pursue a hosted payload deal. GMW is a commercial technology company specializing in global hyperspectral weather services. David Crain, GeoMetWatch’s CEO explains how this presentation had a “huge influence” on the deal the company eventually […]

By | May 9, 2013

Post-Election Hosted Payloads and the Fiscal Cliff

We can safely assume that U.S. President Barack Obama didn’t have much of a re-election celebration last week. After all, the executive and legislative branches of the government have just a few weeks to figure out how to avert both the so-called “fiscal cliff” and $110 billion in automatic cuts to defense and domestic programs […]

By | November 12, 2012

Hosted Payload Summit Highlights Accelerated Search for New Military Platforms

If the market analysis reports are correct, military satellite size and demand are heading in the opposite direction, as the fiscally constrained international market will result in more cooperation between nations on developing and sharing military capabilities. That cooperation was put on full display at the 2012 Hosted Payload Summit this past September, which followed […]

By | November 12, 2012

AIA Warns U.S. Government: Sequestration Has Dire Consequences

Government sequestration in the United States will significantly harm ongoing national defense operations and procurement of new systems needed by warfighters, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) CEO Marion Blakey said in a statement published earlier this week to promote the organization’s Second to None campaign.    Blakey said sequestration will not only have disastrous results for […]

By | November 12, 2012

ATK Space Systems’ Tom Wilson Outlines New Space Segment Innovations

Judging by recent plans unveiled for new satellite models and the buzz surrounding hosted payloads, the commercial satellite sector seems to have noticed the trend of increasing demand for smaller, alternative military space platforms. In late July, ATK expanded its product line of small, agile satellite buses designed for a wide range of missions in […]

By | November 12, 2012

USAF Selects SS/L to Design Next-Generation Milsatcom Program

Space Systems/Loral (SS/L) will design the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation Protected Military Satellite Communications (Milsatcom) program, the organizations announced Nov. 5.    The contract for design concepts was issued by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, aiming to protect challenged and threatened high-security communications. SS/L plans to fulfill the contract by combining commercial […]

By | November 12, 2012

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