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April 2014 Edition
From DMSP-19 to AMSA Technology...
 
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Dispatches Part I, Information & News, by the editors
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Dispatches Part II, Information & News, by the editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
Features...
 
The NRL—Creating Instruments That Serve The Military’s Crucial Weather Forecasting Needs, By Kyra Wiens, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).
On April 3rd, 2014, a satellite carrying a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) space weather instrument launched from the U.S.A.F.’s Vandenberg Air Force Base. Called the Special Sensor Ultraviolet Limb Imager (SSULI), “SSULI makes accurate measurements of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere that are ultimately useful to the warfighter,” said Dr. Scott Budzien, the NRL Program Manager.
 
The Value Of Space To The Warfighter, Speech given by General William L. Shelton, Commander, Air Force Space Command, to the Air Force Association Mitchell Institute in Washington DC in February of 2014
The Dean of the Mitchell Institute, retired General David Deptula, opened the forum with the following comments before turning the microphone over to General Shelton for his speech.
 
Communications-On-The-Move The Challenges Of Ensuring Accuracy, By Luis Villa, CEO, IBETOR
The military environment is a particularly challenging one for maintaining viable satellite communications links. At the same time, continuous links are often critical for the safety and well being of military personnel.
 
Command Center: Bob Dunn, Chief Executive Officer, PacStar
Bob Dunn was appointed PacStar’s Chief Executive Officer in June of 2010 after rejoining the company earlier that year with the main goal being to expand and develop the company’s technology penetration in Department of Defense programs and with large system integrators. In addition to his responsibilities as CEO, Bob continues to spearhead these business development efforts.
 
A Case In Point: SATCOM’S Role In Disasters—Typhoon Haiyan, In addition to causing extensive infrastructure damage, Typhoon Haiyan resulted in severe disruption to communication networks in the worst-hit areas, such as the city of Tacloban.
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, the Visayas region bore the brunt of one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. Satellite technology served as the key enabler for first responders to communicate and deliver relief support to the survivors.
 
The 30th Space Symposium—Government’s Best Bargain Ever, By Elliot Pulham, Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer
The key metrics we track for our annual Space Symposium are looking better than ever. We are sold out of exhibit space, ahead of plan in sponsorships, ahead of forecast in advance registrations and have confirmed our largest number of speakers ever.
 
The U.S. ARMY + U.S. Marine Corps. Leading + Following With AMAS, By Pam Cleveland, Marketing Specialist + Proposal Editor, KVH Industries,Inc.
The United States military is an early adopter and highly visible champion of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and all types of robotics, such as the portable and throwable robots used in Afghanistan and Iraq. Therefore, it’s should come as no surprise that the U.S. military is also taking the lead in driverless vehicle testing. Recently, the U.S. Army added driverless trucks to its expanding robotic technologies.
 
Historic Pathways... How LeMay Transformed Strategic Air Command, By Colonel Philip S. Meilinger, U.S.A.F., Retired
When the Soviets blockaded Berlin in June 1948 and war seemed imminent, the Joint Chiefs of Staff asked the commander of Strategic Air Command (SAC), General George Kenney, to brief them on his unit’s readiness.
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