Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHRIP)

How Industry and Government Can Make Commercially Hosted Payloads Work

[Via Satellite 03-30-2016] During his time working with the U.S. Air Force, Earl White, former Air Force senior executive and intelligence advisor at the U.S. Space Security and Defense Program, says that he saw three major unsolicited hosted payload proposals come through Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), each of which “would have leveraged large commercial […]

By | April 4, 2016

Eron Miller DISA comsatcom

DISA Official Talks Comsatcom Priorities

[Via Satellite 04-04-2016] The relationship between the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the commercial satellite industry has improved over the past few years, according to Eron Miller, chief of the agency’s satcom division infrastructure directorate. This shift comes at a critical inflection point too, as the U.S. military is now gauging its future […]

By | April 4, 2016

HMAS Harman Australia

Australia Moves to Course-Correct Troubled WGS Ground System Upgrade

[Via Satellite 04-06-2015] The Australian government hopes to expedite progress on a military satcom (milsatcom) project that would enable greater use of the United States Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system that has fallen five years behind schedule. The Joint Project (JP) 2008 Phase 3F – Australian Defence Satellite Communication Capability Terrestrial Enhancement, approved in 2009, supported the […]

By | April 6, 2015


NATO Outlines Satcom Needs and Goals

[Via Satellite 04-06-2015] The North American Treaty Organization (NATO) is in the midst of an evolution. The alliance of 28-nations is pivoting not only in how it operates, but also structurally. NATO is moving toward greater centralization and some potentially significant infrastructure decisions. As an organization that relies extensively on satellite communications, NATO is looking […]

By | April 6, 2015

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

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