Intelsat General Among Companies Selected to Enable U.S. Air Force Deployment of Hosted Payload Missions
Bethesda, MD, July 28, 2014 – Intelsat General Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to participate in a half-billion-dollar, 15-year program to place government payloads aboard commercial satellites.
Under the Air Force’s Hosted Payload Solutions program, known as HoPS, Intelsat General and 13 other U.S. space companies will have an opportunity to bid on task orders designed to streamline the process of getting government capabilities into orbit. This program reinforces industry’s role in supporting the U.S. government’s leadership in space technology. The overall indefinite-delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a value of $495 million and runs through 2029.
“The Intelsat General team has worked for more than eight years to demonstrate that hosted payloads should be a key component of the U.S. government’s future space architecture,” said Skot Butler, Vice President Satellite Networks and Space Services at Intelsat General. “The HoPS program is a culmination of that effort, and we look forward to successfully bidding on a number of hosted payload contracts in the coming years that will provide the best value and resiliency for our U.S. government customers.”
The HoPS IDIQ contract includes studies on when and where hosted payloads would best suit the needs of the U.S. government; the full procurement and launch of hosted payload hardware aboard commercial satellites; and the ongoing support of the ground and space segment.
About Intelsat General Corp.
Intelsat General provides satellite communications solutions to military, commercial and government customers over Intelsat’s fleet of approximately 50 satellites and a global terrestrial network of teleports and fiber infrastructure. Intelsat General also offers these customers the option of placing a dedicated hosted communications payload aboard an Intelsat satellite. From remote military outposts, disaster recovery sites and U.S. embassies to health and homeland security agencies, Intelsat General’s solutions support even the most complex operations, from routine to mission critical, anywhere on the globe. These solutions address the numerous communications challenges inherent in a wide range of applications. From Airborne ISR/UAV scenarios to Distance Learning to Logistics, Intelsat General engineers can enhance government, military and commercial communications to allow customers to achieve their mission objectives.
Based in Bethesda, MD, Intelsat General is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A, the world’s largest and most experienced provider of fixed and mobile satellite services for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, ISPs and government agencies. www.intelsatgeneral.com