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

High Throughput Satellites Spur Innovation on the Ground

By Warren Ferster High Throughout Satellite (HTS) systems have brought unprecedented flexibility and bandwidth to the marketplace, but the new capability comes at a price: increased network complexity that will require innovation on the ground to manage effectively without breaking the bank. HTS satellites, which have been deployed in increasing numbers in recent years, feature…Read more High Throughput Satellites Spur Innovation on the Ground

Why adaptability is key for a changing satellite industry

By Warren Ferster Prevailing trends in satellite telecommunications have brought the industry to a crossroads. The successful navigation of which will depend on what happens with ground operations, as much as in space. Bandwidth prices have dropped sharply amid a capacity glut magnified by decreasing demand from television broadcasters — a longtime anchor customer for…Read more Why adaptability is key for a changing satellite industry

Early success has GovSat-1 partnership looking to grow

By Warren Ferster A joint venture between SES and the Luxembourg government providing satellite communications services primarily to military customers is already eyeing new satellites, frequencies and orbits following the launch early this year of its first satellite, the company’s top official said. The GovSat-1 satellite, launched in January, began operations in March serving customers…Read more Early success has GovSat-1 partnership looking to grow

AoA validates growing commercial role in MILSATCOM architecture

  By Warren Ferster ARLINGTON, Va. -- The U.S. Department of Defense should continue to use a mix of military- and commercially owned satellites to serve its wideband communications needs, even as it requires increasingly higher levels of protection against jamming and other threats that have emerged in recent years. That is one of the…Read more AoA validates growing commercial role in MILSATCOM architecture

Diverse weather satellite user base presents opportunities and challenges

By Warren Ferster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The dual-use nature of weather and environmental monitoring satellites can pose challenges from a data policy and user feedback perspective, but offers numerous opportunities for collaboration between the defense and civil sectors, government and industry officials said. Speaking on a panel entitled “National Infrastructure and Security Applications for…Read more Diverse weather satellite user base presents opportunities and challenges

U.S. military officials emphasize need for speed

  By Warren Ferster COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A dynamic threat environment and rapidly advancing technology are driving the U.S. military to emphasize speed and agility in acquiring and deploying new space capabilities, said senior U.S. national security officials at an annual space industry conference. These officials emphasized resilient constellations, composed in many cases of…Read more U.S. military officials emphasize need for speed