FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Military Market Looks to Pick Up Speed in 2012
By the rush of contracts the Pentagon announced at the very start of 2012, it's sometimes hard to tell that the military markets are operating in a cost-conscious mode. The government satellite industry usually takes a few days to shake off the holiday season lull, but not this year. Look at the contracts section of this e-letter, and you'll see that the Air Force didn't take much of a break.
Analyst firms project that government and military satellite communications revenues will grow from an estimated $4.0 billion in 2010 to $9.4 billion by 2020, producing total revenues of $71.9 billion during an 11-year period. Though analysts warn the industry that increasing budget pressures are at the core of government decisions in choosing its preferred solution mix over the long-term.
This is a critical year for military satellite systems. Between WGS, CHIRP, Global Xpress, Iridium Next, GPS, hosted payloads, UAVs and other platforms, there's not going to be much of a break. You either keep up or fall behind.
Via Satellite Magazine Announces the 2011 Satellite Executive of the Year Nominees!
We are down to six! Since 1988, Via Satellite magazine has honored the most outstanding industry executive and awarded them its Satellite Executive of the Year. The honoree is chosen for durable contributions made to the global satellite markets, technologies, business practices, services, innovations or any combination of the aforementioned.
The winner of the Award will be revealed on February 15, 2012 and honored at SATELLITE 2012, in Washington DC, March 12 - 15, 2012.
The nominees are… Click Here!
WGS Program Awaits Crucial Milestones in 2012
The Pentagon kicked off a busy year for its Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) program by awarding a significant satellite ground infrastructure contract to aerospace, defense and information solutions provider ITT Exelis, which will provide mission support to its WGS operations centers and management sites around the world....More»
SES' CHIRP Demonstration Underway for U.S. Air Force
SES Government Solutions (SES-GS) has begun its U.S. Air Force demonstration period for the Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) after successfully completed initial on-orbit testing. CHIRP is housed on the SES-2 satellite, which was launched in September....More»
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Peter Hadinger, President of Inmarsat Government Services
Peter Hadinger joined Inmarsat's Global Xpress team as President of Inmarsat Government Services last April. After a long career as a satellite engineer and business development executive at Northrop Grumman and TRW, Hadinger now works to develop Global Xpress satcom solutions for a broad range of government missions and integrate those services into future government systems....More»
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U.S. Air Force Issues WGS Contract Modification to Boeing
Boeing has won a $377 million contract modification with the U.S Air Force for...More»
Encompass Government Solutions Added to GSA Schedule 70
Encompass Government Solutions has been awarded a Schedule 70 contract for information technology services from the U.S Air Force...More»
Raytheon Inks $27.4 Million Air Force Deal for GPS Launch, Checkout System
The U.S. Air Force’s space and missile systems center has awarded Raytheon a $27.4 million...More»
A.I. Solutions Grabs Five-Year Deal to Support U.S. Gov’t Launch Operations
A.I. Solutions has signed a five-year contract to provide program management and engineering services in support of NASA...More»
ULA Secures Nine U.S. Air Force Launches Through 2014
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has been awarded a $1.5 billion firm, fixed-price contract to launch nine rocket missions for the U.S. Air Force through June 2014...More»
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Raytheon Successfully Tests Navy NMT Terminal with AEHF Satellite
Raytheon has successfully tested its U.S. Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT) with the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite to provide secure communications for the...More»
NSR: Military Satellite Revenues will Double for Cost-Conscious Providers
The government and military satellite industry will need to provide higher-level solutions for less cost in order to capitalize on a market set to nearly double in the next decade, according to an NSR report issued Dec...More»
Track24 Integrates IsatData Pro with BFT Mission Data Unit
Commercial-off-the-shelf blue force and blue personnel tracking (BFT/BPT) specialist Track24 Defense has integrated SkyWave’s IsatData Pro service to its SCC Titan solution to allow its clients to broadcast mission-critical data and collapse time scales, Track24 announced Dec...More»
Thales Set to Close Tampa Microwave Acquisition in Early 2012
Thales Group expects their acquisition of privately held RF and microwave developer Tampa Microwave to close in early 2012 following regulatory approvals, the company confirmed...More»
Iridium Expands Board of Directors; Names Retired Navy Admiral to Open Chair
Iridium Communications has expanded its board of directors from ten members to eleven members and has appointed...More»
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