Articles by Richard Kusiolek

Pace of Operations increases demand on Satcom on the move

To operate in today’s theaters — with 38,000 NATO and 47,000 U.S. troops in mountainous Afghanistan and 115,000 U.S. troops in the deserts of Iraq — the military needs even lighter and more capable ground systems that provide beyond-line-of-sight communications. With the restrictive protocol of limited troop engagement, the need for real-time linkage on surveillance […]

By | April 1, 2010

Lack of Strategic Milsatcom Synergy Will Plague EU’s Defense Architecture

By Richard Kusiolek The military of the European Union (EU) comprises the national armed forces of 27 member states, and next-generation military systems and defense policy process are key concerns in Europe, according to panelists “European MilSatCom: Increasing Demands, Uncertain Architecture” session.     While individual states are responsible for their militaries, agencies such as European […]

By | March 29, 2010

Can the Global Economy Keep up with Latin American Capacity Demand?

[Satellite News 01-26-10] The relationship between Latin America’s capacity demand and capacity supply continues to amaze analysts who project growth for operators despite a slowly recovering global economy and limited financing resources.     NSR Senior Analyst Patrick French told Satellite News that high demand is bring driven by e-government, long distance learning, DTH services, video […]

By , | January 26, 2010

Slump or Growth for Satellite Service Providers in Latin America

According to Andrea Maleter, technical director, Futron, “There is a fair amount of private equity money still going into (Latin America’s) satellite business. Latin American telecoms, in general, has seen a fair amount of consolidation. Telefonica, which has acquired so many companies around the region, has not had a problem gaining financing for things that […]

By | January 1, 2010

Future Military Communications: What Happens After TSAT?

In July, at the Seattle World Affairs Council, U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, leader of U.S. Central Command, discussed how broadband IP network technology won the 2008 battle of Sadr City, Iraq, as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and warfighters using broadband communications on the move played key roles. In small or large battlefield operations of […]

By | September 1, 2009

Satellites Going Green

The debate over climate change continues to rage, with some arguing that forecasted growth in the population will place strains on the supplies of fuel and food, triggering an increase in hydrocarbons as food production increases to keep up with demand. As energy needs increase to satisfy the global need for food, climate change will […]

By | June 1, 2009

Government Contract Vehicles: Life Line or Fault Line

The ultimate goal of the U.S. Department of Defense’s space mission is to place capabilities in space in support of national defense and the warfighter. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which procures communications services for the Pentagon, has 11 premier contract vehicles. Three of these are space segment contracts: Enhanced Mobile Satellite Service […]

By | April 1, 2009

Space-based Solar Power Comes to Light

The use solar energy is forecasted to soar in the next eight years as the world’s population looks for alternatives to fossil fuels. It is estimated the sun can provide 219 thousand billion kilowatt hours of energy a year for 6.5 billion people, but converting the sun’s energy into a usable form in a cost-effective […]

By | March 1, 2009

Cellular Backhaul: Remains Driver for Satellite Sector

Wireless technology is evolving rapidly and playing an increasing role in the lives of people throughout the world. In addition, ever-larger numbers of people rely on the technology directly or indirectly. Emerging 3G and 4G technologies will enable cellular providers, ISPs and ASPs to roll out broadband services such as converged data and voice, m-commerce, […]

By | December 1, 2008

Military Launch Market To See Robust, Steady Growth Into The Next Decade And Beyond

U.S. military readiness is based on satellite communications, and reliance on U.S. Air Force launch capabilities will continue to grow as newer and more powerful satellites are required. The U.S. military launch market is cyclical, but the current satellite development programs point toward strong launch demand throughout the next decade. “In the short term, the […]

By | September 1, 2008

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