June 2013 Edition
Payloads, Hosted + Otherwise...
Missile Tracking Satellites Explore New Missions, By Rob Zmarzlak, STSS-D Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
The Space Tracking and Surveillance System Demonstration satellites are far more capable today than when launched four years ago thanks to enhancements that fully leverage their unique sensor suitethey arent just for missile defense any longer.
Cooperation For Tactical Edge Battle Space Communications Interoperability + Excellence, By Karl Fuchs, Senior Contributor
June brings us the annual Joint User Interoperability Communications Exercise (JUICE) to demonstrate interoperability of new and emerging technologies by emulating the tactical edge of the battle space.
Case In Point: Afghanistans NexGen Communication Moves, Few nations in the 21st Century face the challenges that confront the nations first democratically elected government today.
Throughout the ages, Afghanistan has been at the crossroads of many empires. The areas people and territory have faced conquest by the Greeks, Arabs, Mongols, Turks, British, Soviets and, following the September 11 attack on New Yorks World Trade Center, the United States.
Will Hosted Payloads Perform Demonstrations Or Operations? Working Out The Bugs, By Bob Bishop, Northrop Grumman Aerospace
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published an assessment of federal agencies progress toward reducing satellite program costs by leveraging nontraditional, but innovative, approaches such as hosted payloads on commercial satellites.
Command Center: David Helfgott, Andy Start, President + CEO, Inmarsat Government, President, Inmarsat Global Government, Respectively
MilsatMagazine recently had the opportunity to discuss the recent acquisition of TC Communications by Inmarsat, especially as to how such will impact the Companys business in the APAC region of the world, as well as to learn more concerning these gentlemen and their careers.
New Times + New Opportunities For Space Foundation, By Elliot Pullham, Chief Executive Officer, Space Foundation
Even though Im generally known to be a pretty optimistic guy, I dont mind telling you that my nerves were a bit frayed as the countdown clocked neared T-minus-zero for the 29th National Space Symposium. As youll know by now if you attended the event, and as you can read in our post-Symposium report throughout this edition of Space Watch, this years Space Symposium was one of our best ever, and a triumph over adversity.
Command Center: Giles Peeters, Defence Sector Director, Track24 Defence
Giles Peeters commenced his military communications career in the U.K.s Royal Air Force (RAF) in 1989. He worked in the MoDs Defence Communications Security Agency (DCSA) as operations officer and procurement manager in the Satellite Service Delivery team before moving to the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) Cheltenham in 2001. From 2004 to 2007 Peeters significant expertise in commercial satellite communications proved invaluable in Iraq and Afghanistan as he provided front line tactical communication and deployment capability for Joint Helicopter Command. Peeters final rank was RAF Squadron Leader.
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