September 2015 Edition
From NGA's ORIGINS To Military Small Sats
Dispatches: Multiples Of MUOS — ULA Launches Number Four For U.S.A.F., Information & News, by the Editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
Origins: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), By Dr. Gary E. Weir, Chief Historian, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is one of a kind; a community of professionals generating a unique type of intelligence for both the national defense and direct combat support.
Viewpoint: To Russia, With Love— Another Half Billion U.S. Dollars?, By Elliot Holokauahi Pulham, Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation
It’s not always easy to understand what members of Congress are thinking. For example, in the months leading up to the current recess, there was a great gnashing of teeth over U.S. acquisition of Russian space hardware—in particular, the RD-180 main rocket engine.
Spatial Battlegrounds: Anti-Satellite Systems (ASATS), By Jos Heyman, Senior Contributor
Out of the 7,110 satellites launched since October 4, 1957, 44 percent of those are, either primarily or secondarily, military in nature.
HPA Corner: Satellite Security + Information Assurance, By David Thompson, Chief Engineer for Information Assurance, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems
Historically, the protection of satellites has relied on the physically remote location and the fact that satellites were treated as a single entity to mitigate threats.
Why Ka-Band Best Supports The Modern Military Mission, By Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch, Sr. Vice President for Government Stratey + Policy, US Government Services Unit, Inmarsat
To respond effectively to conflicts and humanitarian missions cross the globe, troops have depended upon satellite communications (SATCOM).
The Continued Emergence Of SATCOM BLOS For Airborne ISR, By Garr R. Stephenson, Jr., Head of the Airborne Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) Business Unit, UltiSat, Inc.
During 2015, SATCOM Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) continues to emerge as a crucial element for today’s missions, from what used to be known as basic service to one that now encompasses growing user requirements and increased capabilities.
#2 @ Air Force Space Command, Story courtesy of Intelsat General’s SpaceCom Frontier Blog
When then-Lieutenant General John E. Hyten offered his perspective on the value of Space Situational Awareness a year ago, he was, in effect, outlining the qualifications of his successor as Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, Major General David D. Thompson.
Flex For Better SATCOM, By Kay Sears, President, Intelsat General Corp.
Similar to many people, I have a smartphone that I use for email, texting, phone calls and many other daily tasks.
NSR Analysis: A Military Space For SmallSats, By Carolyn Belle, Analyst, NSR—USA
Selecting US General Hyten as the keynote speaker for the SmallSat conference in Logan, Utah, may have surprised some, given the nearly non-existent adoption of small satellites within the US Military’s operational space architecture to date.
Future Army Nanosatellites Will Empower Soldiers, By Jason B. Cutshaw USASMDC/ARSTRAT Public Affairs
One Army project is making the future of satellite communications more responsive to Soldiers’ needs.