October 2019 Edition
Innovation2, MILSATCOM and more...
Dispatches Part I, Five Eyes coalition forces select Viasat’s network encryption products • iDirect Government acquires Glowlink • Environment testing of USAF SMC’s WFOV satellite completed by Millennium Space Systems
Information & News by the Editors
Dispatches Part II, Kleos Space awarded USAF contract for the Space Accelerator program • Hughes realizes USAF contract for enterprise management and control prototypes for SATCOM • Santander Teleport to provide comms services to Spanish Armed Forces • Comtech Mobile Data Corporation awarded U.S. Army Blue Force terminal funding
Information & News by the Editors
Command Center: Peter Hadinger, Chief Technology Officer, Inmarsat
With GX, as with our L-band constellation, our commercial focus has always been on users requiring mission critical communications, which can be deployed anywhere in the world and often at a moment’s notice.
AI: Helping the DoD Interoperate SATCOM Networks, By Dr. Rajeev Gopal, Vice President of Advanced Programs, and, Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager, Hughes Defense Division
The DoD needs trustworthy sources for integrating artificial intelligence capabilities across all services, and specifically in the satellite communications infrastructure that is overdue for improved performance, resilience and responsiveness.
Profile: U.S.A.F.’s 216th Space Control Squadron—California airmen at the front lines in America’s space wars, By Staff Sergeant Richard D. Lewis
Space is serious business. With the debate of a Space Force occupying recent headlines, it may seem like a passing trend, but there is a reason space is the top priority for leadership.
Flat or Parabolic Antennas for MILSATCOM?, By Dr. Rowan Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer, EM Solutions
Monopulse tracking has been used with parabolic antennas for radar and satellite terminals for over 50 years.
Coming to a Military Mission Soon...Switching between MILSATCOM and COMSATCOM on the fly, By Dr. Mark Dale, Lead System Architect, EM&C, Kratos Defense
EM&C’s open architecture and software can be mostly layered on top of existing DoD systems and equipment, providing an interoperable and flexible way to utilize current and future SATCOM assets.
Cubesat-Based ISR: Will it fulfill its promise?, By John Beckner, Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Technologies
In order to be of real value to national government end-users, the data needs to be a level of sophistication higher than needed by the maritime commercial/fleet management market.
Propulsion Component Qualification and Production Testing, By Chris Johnson, Project Engineer, Experior Laboratories
Rapid hardware development is quickly becoming the status quo in the commercial space market and it’s clear that the supporting qualification test programs will have to adapt to this agile approach in a similar fashion to facilitate the needs of the expanding modern space market.
Can the New Space supply chain produce new national space assets?, By Will Francis, Chief Products Officer, Roccor
For the most part, these commercial prime contractors have become comfortable managing the supply chain through performance-based specifications rather than strict engineering oversight.
Focus: Viasat’s UK Business: Protecting the nation and boosting Britain’s economy, By Kim Hampson, Marketing Director, Viasat
Viasat’s UK growth plans come at an opportune time, as the British government and MoD look to modernize forces and expand capabilities across the battlespace.
Slingshot Success, At the U.S. Army’s Expeditionary Warrior Experiments
The analysis team collected data through various methodologies including observations from SMEs and user surveys.
Taking Bandwidth to new places: Resourceful Radomes, By David Walton, Vice President, Walton De-Ice
The latest design of Portable Radome can protect tracking antennas of various sizes from harsh elements.