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July 2012 Edition
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Dispatches Part I, Information & News, by the editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
Dispatches Part II, Information & News, by the editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
POV: The Birth Of Satellite Communications, By Bob Gough, Contributing Editor, Asia-Pacific
July 10, 1962, marked the birth of satellite communications. Exactly 50 years ago on this date, the Telstar satellite commenced its journey into space from Cape Canaveral and became the first ever active communications satellite. It carried the first live trans-Atlantic TV broadcasts.
POV: Worlds Apart, By Giles Peeters, Defence Sector Director, Track24 Defence
The relationship between communities of military engineers and operators have traditionally been tense even though they heavily impact on one another, and communications between the two groups are more important than ever before as the nature of operations evolves. The influx of new technology and changing battlefield requirements have presented new challenges for operators and engineers and it has never been more important for both parties to work together to achieve the desired capability. Both groups must keep the higher-level concept of operations planning at the forefront of their minds in order to successfully collaborate.
Command Center
Command Center: Colonel Scott C. Larrimore, Director, Defense Weather Systems Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base
Colonel Larrimore leads a program team of more than 150 government and 500 contractor personnel to provide worldwide strategic and tactical forces with weather and space environmental data to support air, ground, naval, and space operations. His $4 billion portfolio includes launch, check out, and sustainment of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Block 5 spacecraft, supporting ground systems, and the development of successor terrestrial and space weather programs. Colonel Larrimore is directly responsible for the development, test, acquisition, and sustainment of these system elements to meet Department of Defense operational requirements. Colonel Larrimore entered the Air Force in 1986 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Princeton University. He has served in a variety of space operations, acquisition, command, and staff assignments. He is a Senior Materiel Leader, a member of the Department of Defense’s Acquisition Corps, and a fully-qualified Joint Specialty Officer. Colonel Larrimore previously commanded at the Squadron and Group levels, and served as an Air Force National Defense Fellow.
Command Center: Jay Hennig, President, Moog Space and Defense Group
In 2002, Jay Hennig was named president of Moog’s Space and Defense Group. Part of landing that job probably had to do with the fact that he had built relationships with so many customers from years as a sales engineer and had worked in the space industry from 1987 to 2002.
OPS: Enhanced Mobile Command In A Reduced Budget Environment, by Mark Lueker, Director, Advanced Products Group, 308 SYSTEMS, inc.
Whether you were there or not, the images of the devastation in South Asia created by the 2004 tsunami are unforgettable. Wreckage was everywhere. The large numbers of responders in Indonesia, where the tsunami wrought the worst damage, worked around the clock in their search, recovery and rescue efforts.
OPS: SATCOM Assets Can Assist In Offsetting Piracy, SATCOM brings communication assuredity to tracking and requests for aid
Of growing concern across the globe are the deadly pirate attacks on commercial and leisure vessels. How many have died in these maritime attacks? It’s unknown, and probably will never accurately be determined. In some cases the attacked ship has disappeared—some may have been sunk or taken to a hidden locale by the pirates, and further complicating the situation, such attacks are bereft of witnesses as no survivors have been found of such incidents.
OPS: The Case For Hosted Payloads, by Jose Del Rosario, Senior Analyst, NSR
Hosted payloads (HPs) are unique and highly viable solutions that address shortfalls in civil and military agency capabilities. They could be especially important given tight government budgets but continued mission-critical requirements across the globe. Although the industry is largely in agreement that little has and will likely take place in the short term in the form of HP deployments, it is certainly not faltering as a viable market proposition over the long term. It is thus useful to examine the HP business case for key market segments and the benefits to the satellite operator, satellite manufacturer and hosted payload client over the medium to long term. Information from the analysis below is extracted from NSR’s industry leading research report, Hosted Payloads on Commercial Satellites, 2nd Edition.
FOCUS: ESPA: An Inexpensive Ride to Space for Secondary Payloads, by Bill Perry
Jason Andrews, president and CEO of Spaceflight Inc., says he plans to leverage the ESPA ring concept to meet his business plan objectives. Andrews’ company offers a new business model for the cost-effective launch of small spacecraft.
InSight: SATCOM For Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR), Newtec equipment and software has successfully been integrated in MWR networks over satellites worldwide
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs are a key part of Government and Defense operations. MWR networks are designed to support remotely deployed defence personnel, civilian employees, ship crews and their families. Satellite communication plays an important role in MWR programs due to the fact that government and defence operations are mostly situated in remote locations or in areas suffering from man-made or natural disasters with no terrestrial connectivity.
INTEL: The Next Satellite Revolution Is... On The Ground, by Rick Lober, Vice President + General Manager, Defense + Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes
The demand for satellite technologies within the Department of Defense (DoD) is continuing to grow even as the DoD draws down its responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Commanders want to put more information in the hands of soldiers, while greater reliance on remotely piloted aircrafts (RPAs) is requiring more real-time data streams than ever before. Last year, according to DoD estimates, RPAs over Afghanistan collected the equivalent of more than 700 years of video.