Articles by Jeffrey Hill

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin announcing Eutelsat as the first client of the New Glenn rocket. Photo: Vince Lim/Via Satellite

Amazon Aims to Host More Classified Data with New Secret Cloud

From Via Satellite’s Executive Editor Jeffrey Hill: Of course, Amazon is on top of its cybersecurity game and, of course, this is all happening behind the scenes. The “AWS Top Secret Region” project receiving rave reviews from the CIA is the most Amazon-y bit of information in the article. Also, check out that pic from […]

By | December 5, 2017

Rendition of DARPA's RSGS.

On-Orbit Satellite Servicing Moves Closer to Reality

From Via Satellite’s Executive Editor Jeffrey Hill: I’m not sure SpaceX wants their constellation characterized as “small,” “cheap,” and an alternative to reusability (especially when the rockets are reusable), but here it is: “Some analysts question whether this robot geek squad will be needed at all. A coming boom in small, cheap satellites could replace […]

By | November 28, 2017

Photo: Access Intelligence/Vince Lim.

Experts Discuss Key Tactics for Cybersecurity at CyberSat

Cybersecurity threats and protocols aren’t exactly the most comfortable topics for public discussion. Few are eager to reveal their practices and even fewer are willing to ask for guidance out of fear that they will be perceived as vulnerable. The cybersecurity discussion at the 2017 Via Satellite CyberSat Summit, however, felt long overdue — and […]

By | November 13, 2017

Understanding the Language of Intermodulation Specifications in HPA Data Sheets

High power amplifiers (HPAs) are a critical component in the uplink earth station RF chain and are generally the most expensive components, after antennas, in that chain. For this reason, integrators or users in the market for HPAs must take great care to ensure that like-for-like comparisons are made when evaluating HPAs. Typically, linear output power

By CPI | Nov 08, 2017

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FBI: More Cyber Attacks Now Blend in with Normal Network Behavior

Recent trends in malicious cybersecurity activity show that hackers are becoming much more adept at breaching networks using acquired “legitimate” credentials (such as outdated test login accounts to Virtual Private Networks, VPNs) and “blending in” with normal network behavior, according to FBI Cyber Division Senior Intelligence Analyst Kristen Lane. Speaking at Via Satellite’s Cybersat Summit […]

By | November 8, 2017

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space

Congressman Babin Hints that Cybersecurity Could be Included in Larger Commercial Space Legislative Package

U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, R-Texas, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Space, said his group is working on legislation with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to conduct a new cybersecurity defense audit of U.S. government space and defense agencies as part of a larger commercial space enterprise bill. While he could not name the […]

By | November 7, 2017

Judges at SATELLITE 2017 Conference & Exhibition Startup Space event. Photo: Access Intelligence.

Getting in on the Ground Floor, Literally

While nearly all entrepreneurs behind new satellite startup companies share a common passion for the commercial development of space, some have invested their creative energies on developing valuable business opportunities on the ground. These entrepreneurs identify a more immediate need for technologies that provide the cornerstones of ambitious space visions, and a more practical product […]

By | August 21, 2017

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. "Chuck" Schumer. Photo: Flickr, Mike Steele.

US Senator Chuck Schumer Argues Against Weather Satellite Budget Cut

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer recently cited this Buffalo News article while criticizing the U.S. House of Representatives for proposing to cut $369 million from the next-generation weather satellite budget. The cut would leave just $50 million for the entire program. The same budget also proposes a 0.8 percent increase in the budget […]

By | August 9, 2017

Cubesats being launched from the Kibo module of the International Space Station. Photo: Flickr, NASA Johnson.

Ghana Enters the Space Race with First Satellite On-Orbit

A great day for our friends in Ghana as the nation celebrates launching GhanaSat 1 — its first satellite — into orbit on a SpaceX rocket. While Ghana’s government didn’t officially support the mission (most of the support was provided from JAXA), the success of the mission could motivate other governments on the continent to […]

By | August 7, 2017

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Elon Musk on the Future of the Launch Industry – From Our Archives

Elon Musk is determined to revolutionize the transportation industry with his ambitious Hyperloop concept, despite public criticism that the idea is unrealistic. He faced a similar challenge when he set out to revolutionize the launch industry with SpaceX. Here, we revisit our interview with Musk…

By | July 27, 2017

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Three-Year Dash to 5G takes a Long, Winding (and Familiar) Road

Engineers and executives from major cellular carriers converged in Austin, Texas to engage in passionate exchanges about 5G rollout plans, business opportunities and technical challenges. There’s consensus among this group — 5G isn’t just “another G.” It’s a brand new, automated world of constant connectivity that is experiencing the beginning of a fourth Industrial Revolution.

By | July 24, 2017

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