From The Editor's Desk
Budget concerns and leadership changes will have an impact on the military market in the coming months and years. No single observer seems to have the definitive answer on how military spending will be affected, but everyone agrees that commercial satellite operators, service providers and equipment manufacturers will be leaned on by the U.S. Department of Defense and militaries around the globe even more in the future.
The November issue of “Via Satellite’s Millitary Satcom Extra,” takes a look at how some of these concerns will affect the Pentagon’s development of the next generation of friendly force identification systems and how Europe is integrating more commercial services into its military operations. Maj. Michael Moyles of the U.S. Air Force also discusses the service’s increased reliance on commercial communications.
Blue Force Tracking System Upgrade Seen as Crucial
Upgrades to the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps’ Blue Force Tracking network system are seen by the U.S. Department of Defense as too crucial to share the fate of other more expensive military communications projects that recently have been postponed, according to a senior U.S. military official. “The U.S. military is approaching these upgrades with budgetary issues in mind,” said the official, who asked not to be named... More»
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U.S. Air Force Postpones DMSP Replacement After Satellites Exceed Lifespan
Lockheed Martin’s Block 5D-3 spacecraft, which had an expected lifespan of four years, has surpassed five years of on-orbit operations and continues to function normally, the company announced... More»
Boeing, Lockheed Martin Do Not Acknowledge TSAT Delay
Neither Boeing nor Lockheed Martin were notified by the... More»
Globecomm Releases X-Band Terminal
Globecomm Systems introduced a 1.2-meter X-band auto-acquisition satellite terminal as part of its Auto-Explorer system, the company announced... More»
Lockheed Martin Completes Acoustic Testing of GEO-1
Lockheed Martin completed acoustic testing of the first geosynchronous orbit spacecraft in the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) program, GEO-1, the company announced... More»
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Proactive Communications, Inc. (PCI) will be hosting a panel session on the topic of “Delivering Secure Commercial Satellite Communications in a Hostile Theater” next week at MILCOM. The panel, which will take place on November 17 at 2:15pm PST in Room 1A, will feature experts from DISA, Telesat, Blue Ridge Networks and more. Join PCI (also exhibiting at Booth #1547) to learn about how properly deployed, maintained and supported commercial satellite networks can augment the military’s strategic communications capabilities in nation building and post-conflict/stability operations. For more about PCI, visit www.proactivecommo.com.
U.K. Military Officials See Promise, Challenge in Satcoms
The U.K. military is seeing more evidence of network enabled capability, as officials from the U.K. Ministry of Defense emphasized the importance of satellite communications in next-generation warfare. “We now have more capable and resilient networks,” said Cdre. Eric Fraser of the Royal Navy and assistant chief of staff at the Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) J6 Division... More»
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael Moyles
Maj. Michael Moyles of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Superiority Panel is a strong believer in the ability of hosted commercial payloads to serve the satellite communication needs of U.S. Department of Defense. In 2004, he compiled a thesis at the Naval Graduate School that analyzed how hosted payloads could better meet the... More»
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Lockheed Martin Receives Satellite Protection System Development Contract
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for the development phase of the Self-Awareness Space Situational Awareness technology demonstration program, the company announced... More»
Comtech Wins Two Military Equipment Deals
Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has received two new equipment deals from military and domestic companies for military equipment... More»
Army Orders Additional TCS VSAT Systems
The U.S. Army has placed orders for additional VSAT equipment from TeleCommunication Systems Inc... More»
Northrop Grumman Receives DSP Support Contract
Northrop Grumman Corp. was awarded a contract by the ... More»
DigitalGlobe Sells CitySphere Enhancement to NGA
The U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has purchased the entire CitySphere 2... More»
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