September 2018 Edition
MILSATCOM Innovations, Advanced Technologies, Protected Comms, Geospatial/Imagery ISR & Technologies
Innovation: iDirect Government—What Is TRANSEC?, By Karl Fuchs, Senior Vice President, Technology, and Roly Rigual, Senior Director of Systems Engineering
iDirect Government™ (iDirectGov) recognizes the critical need to protect the flow of communications to wherever the military and government agencies may operate.
Innovation: Kratos Defense—New Government and IC program alternatives, By Jordan Klepper
For a number of years, small satellites have been seen as a way to provide low cost solutions for technical demonstrations. Only recently, have smallsats been viewed as mission-ready for government and IC programs. The commercial world has been quicker to adopt these new platforms than government and IC.
The Government Satellite Report, A shift towards working more closely with industry partners to fill satellite communications requirements.
Every now and again, we come to a crossroads in our lives where we’re forced to sit down, take a look in the mirror and reflect deeply on our past, present and future. These introspective moments are rare, but they can be revealing — showing us things that we’ve been doing incorrectly, identifying paths that should be taken and highlighting areas of improvement.
Innovation: Horizon—NewSpace: The next frontier for ISR, By John Beckner, Founder and Owner, Horizon Technologies
On the Libyan coastline in the dark of night, a bedraggled group of African refugees file down a rocky pathway to the water’s edge — they look with trepidation at their flimsy craft bobbing a few meters offshore.
Uplink: Innovation — Adcole Maryland Aerospace: It’s a small satellite world..., By Darko Filipi, Director of Business Development
Big space had small beginnings — Sputnik, the world’s first man-made satellite, was 58 cm (23 inches) in diameter and would fit into the trunk of a family sedan. The first successful U.S. satellite, Explorer I, weighed only 14 kg. (30.66 lb.) and was 203 cm. (80 inches) long by 15.9 cm. (6.25 inches) in diameter and could easily be hoisted aloft by four people — without a crane!
The Aerospace Corporation: An Analysis—Launching U.S. government payloads on foreign soil, By Barbara M. Braun and Eleni M. Sims
The emergence of new, venture-class launch providers for small satellites has led to questions about the suitability of these launch providers for U.S. government missions.
Norsat International: Tech—Mitigating vibration effects on the performance of the synthesizer in a block upconverter, By Mehdi Ardavan, RF Antenna Systems Engineer, and Lewis Siemplekamp, Mechanical Engineer
Electronic equipment used in Communications-on-the-Move (COTM), or airborne applications similar to what is shown in Figure 1, can be exposed to mechanical vibration.
A Globecomm Advisory—Empowering the U.S. Government’s response to international disasters, By Paul Scardino, Senior Vice President, Sales Engineering and Marketing
The 12 months of 2017 delivered a devastating series of natural and human disasters — floods in Peru — an earthquake in Mexico City — outbreaks of violence in Nigeria — and the double-whammy of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean.