Satellite 2012 News Round Up

Last month, members of industry, government and defense gathered for Satellite 2012, which is one of the premier forums for staying up-to-date on the latest in satellite communications, as well as capturing a glimpse of the future of satellite technology. 

Satellite 2012 is also a major news-making event and this year’s conference certainly delivered when it came to generating news that shapes the satellite communications industry.  So much so, that we have decided to do a news round-up post of all the key stories. 

Hosted Payload Program Teaches Lessons for Future Launches

Air Force and industry officials discussed lessons learned from the Air Force’s Commercially Hosted Infrared Payload (CHIRP) flight demonstration program and how they could be applied to future payloads on March 12 at the Satellite 2012 conference.  Check out more from Defense Systems here.

Hosted Payloads May Be Just 1 Percent of Sat Market

Government payloads riding piggyback on commercial spacecraft are likely to win only 1 percent of the worldwide satellite-market revenue in the next few years, as bureaucratic inertia and a “not-invented-here” mentality work against the potential cost savings.

Is It Too Late for Space Reform?

According to a Satellite 2012 panel, certain laws, including International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), are hindering progress in commercial satellite development and application to U.S. interests. Check out more from Defense Systems here.

New Environments Challenge UAV Connectivity

U.S. Air Force planners expect commercial communications satellites to have an ever-larger role in operating remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) as war-on-terror funding dwindles and the U.S. military focus shifts to other theaters, including Africa, Latin America and the U.S. border regions.

New Satellite Capabilities Target UAV Needs

As the Defense Department’s use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) continues to skyrocket, the UAVs' reliance on satellite communications links will remain a key part of the uplink and downlink bandwidth consumed by the military.  Check out more from Defense Systems here.

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