SATCOM

SATCOM

Modifying UAS CONOPS Would Dramatically Increase Bandwidth Options

January 9, 2014

The American military enjoys a large C4/ISR superiority over any other force in the world today. This superiority is fueled by satellite communications (SATCOM) bandwidth. Due to the imperative of preserving this vital advantage and the natural course of technological advancements, the need for SATCOM bandwidth is projected to keep increasing for at least a decade. This growth is fueled primarily by the increased need for Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) missions.

Year in Review: Commercial Satellite Capacity to Shape Future of MILSATCOM

January 7, 2014

Although sequestration and the government shutdown weighed heavily over the government-user community, 2013 proved to be a very dynamic year for Intelsat General and the commercial satellite industry.

From supporting the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract vehicle to the Department of Defense (DoD) and other agencies integrating commercial satellite solutions into their future wide-band communications needs, Intelsat General played a key role in this rapidly changing, global landscape.

NDAA Language Promising for Space Acquisition Reform

December 17, 2013

The text of the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) bill was released last week. The language of the bill pertaining to satellite acquisition promises to have a dramatic effect on how the DoD interacts with satellite operators to use commercial capacity and services.

The language is contained in Section 913 of the bill, “Space Acquisition Strategy.” The section looks specifically at multi-year procurement of commercial satellite communications (SATCOM), which is far more efficient and economical than the current spot market purchases.

Protected Communications on Commercial Satellites

December 10, 2013

The U.S. Government makes extensive use of satellite communications (SATCOM).  Military and commercial SATCOM infrastructure can provide data, video, and voice connectivity between any two locations on the earth or in the air.  And it can do so much more quickly than other wired and wireless alternatives.  Government SATCOM, however, has an impending security challenge.

Will Budget Issues Make the DoD a Better Buyer of Commercial SATCOM?

November 5, 2013

Sequestration, the government shutdown and continuing budget resolutions are pushing the Air Force and the Pentagon to re-examine how they fund the national space programs.

Commercial SATCOM Works in Times of Diminishing Military Bandwidth

October 10, 2013

As the United States has expanded its aerial surveillance capabilities through the use of UAVs, the country’s military is finding itself dealing with an increasingly critical shortage of satellite bandwidth

The task of managing heavy data loads for beaming surveillance data to the ground in real time via satellite is becoming more difficult for UAVs like the Global Hawk.

Bringing Back Space Surveillance Capabilities with Hosted Payloads

October 8, 2013

Due to intense budget pressure, the Air Force Space Surveillance System, informally known as the Space Fence, has been permanently shuttered.  In operation since 1961, this radar system played a vital role tracking thousands of objects – from satellites to orbital debris and meteors – and stopping this program will create a savings of $14 million annually.

Future of SATCOM Success Driven By Better Modems, Antennas and Power

May 31, 2013

While our nation’s military is facing unique budgetary challenges, the pace of SATCOM innovation continues to move rapidly.  With an enhanced need to provide the warfighter with ubiquitous SATCOM data in a mobile and central environment, developers are enhancing throughput and reliability – while the size and cost of equipment is being reduced.