|FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
NASA, NPOESS, FCSA: Everything Changes in February
While Washington D.C. gets buried under two major snowstorms, the White House, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced initiatives that completely will change the way the U.S. government space and satellite sectors function.
I can imagine that neither business strategists nor executive directors in the government sector got any sleep this week. In the first 10 days of February, NASA’s manned Constellation lunar mission and the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) program have been dismantled. GSA and DISA issued their solicitation for the $5 billion, 10-year Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract vehicle.
These shifts are a lot to take in and comprehend at the same time. As a news editor, I can confirm that even the task of reporting on the government beat this month has required several cups of coffee and days of playing phone tag with government officials who are either trapped at home or sleeping in their offices due to the blizzard.
The brutal winter weather, mixed with the U.S. government policy du jour, has injected both energy and emotion into a sector that already has carried some satellite companies through one of the hardest economic periods in recent history. In the words of Dana Carvey, the best response to this oncoming traffic is: “Game on!”
News Editor, Satellite TODAY
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