Space Force to centralize commercial SATCOM procurement

The U.S. Space Force is overhauling the way it procures commercial satellite communications services, replacing the current fragmented system with an aggregated model that consolidates both provider contracts and military customer requirements. Expected to be internally available this summer, the strategy aligns with the Space Force’s recently released vision for satellite communications (SATCOM), said Clare Grason, chief of…Read more Space Force to centralize commercial SATCOM procurement

Space Force unveils vision for integrated SATCOM architecture

  Centralized management and interoperability, achieved in part via flexible user terminals, are among the keys to delivering satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities efficiently and reliably to U.S. warfighters using a combination of commercial and government-owned satellite systems, according to the newly created U.S. Space Force. Bringing SATCOM requirements planning and acquisition together under a single roof…Read more Space Force unveils vision for integrated SATCOM architecture

Following DoD lead, NASA to outsource satcom requirements

WASHINGTON -- After 35 years of operating its own fleet of data relay satellites, NASA is opting out of the business, moving ahead with plans to outsource that mission to an industry it helped create. NASA pioneered communications satellite technology and supported its commercialization in the 1960s, but continues to operate the Tracking and Data…Read more Following DoD lead, NASA to outsource satcom requirements

Integrated military-commercial satellite architecture taking shape

WASHINGTON -- Budgetary stability will go a long way toward realizing an integrated U.S. military satellite communications architecture that seamlessly blends government and commercial capabilities, according to industry leaders. While the Department of Defense (DoD) and industry have made solid progress toward that long-sought goal in recent years, there is still a ways to go,…Read more Integrated military-commercial satellite architecture taking shape

Ball parlays government antenna work in emerging LEO, 5G markets

By WARREN FERSTER WASHINGTON – A longtime provider of flat-panel, electronically steered satellite communication (SATCOM) antennas to U.S. government customers, Ball Aerospace is now leveraging that expertise for the commercial market with updated antennas that can be produced in large quantities at low cost. The move coincides with early phase deployment of large satellite constellations…Read more Ball parlays government antenna work in emerging LEO, 5G markets

Pros cite source diversity as key to satcom resiliency

  By Warren Ferster ARLINGTON, Va. -- Access to satellites operating in different orbits and bandwidths will help keep the U.S. military connected in an increasingly contested environment where information can be the difference between victory and defeat, industry and defense officials said. Communications satellites, both government and commercially operated, are subject to an growing…Read more Pros cite source diversity as key to satcom resiliency

SLOWLY BUT SURELY, WOMEN AND MINORITIES FINDING THEIR PLACE IN SPACE

By Warren Ferster WASHINGTON – Many industry analysts are predicting the space economy will reach $1 trillion in the coming years, and workplace diversity just might be the ticket to getting there. Women, minorities and younger professionals today make up a growing portion of the space and satellite industry, a trend that studies suggest bodes…Read more SLOWLY BUT SURELY, WOMEN AND MINORITIES FINDING THEIR PLACE IN SPACE