June 2014 Edition
Command + Control (C2)
Google’s Space Efforts: Solid Plans Or Pipe Dreams?, By Chris Forrester, Senior Contributor
The expectations of Google investing $1 to $3 billion in a huge constellation of LEO-orbiting broadband satellites (reported by various outlets to be between 180 or 360 in number) is definitely concerning for ‘conventional’ FSS and BSS satellite operators, as well as the new kids on the block, such as O3b, Inmarsat’s Global xPress and Intelsat’s EPIC suite of satellites.
Command & Control (C2): Where It’s Been, Where It’s Going..., By Stuart Daughtridge, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology, Kratos Defese & Security Solutions
Few of us can watch that remarkable scene in the movie Apollo 13 and not get inspired when Gene Kranz (played by Ed Harris) declares, “Gentlemen, failure is not an option!” The drama is stirring; but while drama is great in movies, it’s something nobody wants anywhere near satellites in the real world.
Euroconsult Analysis: The New Era Of MILSATCOM, By Stephane Chenard (Senior Associate Consultant) + Richard Roithner (Director, SATCOM), Euroconsult
Several months of research led to the recent publication of Euroconsult’s Military Satellite Communications report. This research allowed us to enter into an unprecedented review of the use of satellite communication services and networks by military forces, and the future drivers for satellite use.
POV: A Commercial View Of Mission Success, By Kay Sears, President, Intelsat General Corporation
Mission success is often defined as things going smoothly as planned, with no major upsets in achieving the desired outcome. For our customers, mission success is about the availability and reliability of the service they receive from Intelsat General.
The HPA COorner: Policy + Legislation Encourage Hosted Payloads.. So, What’s The Hold Up??, By Nicole Robinson, Vice Chair, Hosted Payload Alliance + Corporate Vice President, SES Government Solutions
The time and cost benefits of commercially-hosted government payloads have been touted across the satellite industry for years, from payload and satellite manufacturers, to fleet owner/operators, system integrators, and even launch providers.
NSR Analysis: Civil Government Softens MILSATCOM Woes, By Jose Del Rosario, Research Director, NSR Manila
With the reality of land mobile military demand decreasing due mainly to budget concerns as well as the effects of the Afghanistan drawdown, some recent deals may signal that civil government uptake could present tangible opportunities, thus softening the blow from milsatcom decline in most markets in the short/medium term.
The Space Safety Culture Is Now A Complex Domain, By Lt. Col. Beth Kelley Horine, Air Force Safety Center Public Affairs
Space, long thought to be America’s final frontier, has transformed over the past several decades into a complex domain the Air Force must operate in safely.
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