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

NOAA SEES 3D WIND DATA FILLING CRITICAL GAP IN WEATHER FORECASTING MODELS

By Warren Ferster  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. weather forecasting officials are eager to incorporate new satellite data sets into their ever-evolving prediction models, and 3D atmospheric wind measurements are high on the priority list. The ability to directly detect precise global 3D winds throughout the atmosphere from space has been a “holy grail” of…Read more NOAA SEES 3D WIND DATA FILLING CRITICAL GAP IN WEATHER FORECASTING MODELS

Air Force Lt. Gen. John Thompson

Air Force developing holistic approach to meeting defense-wide satcom needs

By Warren Ferster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. Air Force space officials are developing an overarching military satellite communications strategy that takes into account both government and commercial capabilities, and expect to have it ready for release before the end of the year. The plan also will address potential demonstrations, or pathfinders, that the Air…Read more Air Force developing holistic approach to meeting defense-wide satcom needs