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Interview with Dave Kaufman of Ball Aerospace

Recently SatCom Frontier caught up with Dave Kaufman, Vice President and General Manager at Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. Ball specializes in building medium-sized satellites…

Rep. Rogers Endorses Longer Leases for Commercial Satellite Capacity

With a vision to reduce costs and increase military use of commercial satellites, Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Alabama) wants long-term government leases of such satellites. As…

The Clear Trend Towards Managed Services

Late last year Northern Sky Research (NSR) published the 11th edition of their annual report, Government and Military Satellite Communications. This past month they highlighted…

LPTA Threatens U.S. Supremacy in Space

Earlier this month, Government Executive ran an excellent story on government contracting and a method of procurement known as “lowest price/technically acceptable,” or LPTA. The…

Q&A: Insights Into Intelsat EpicNG Applications

Intelsat’s new EpicNG satellites represent a major design breakthrough in a next-generation platform that will set the global standard for high-throughput technology. As we have…

Ashton Carter Will Keep DoD Acquisition Reform Moving Forward

President Obama recently nominated Ashton Carter to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Experts think Carter will be easily confirmed by the Senate, meaning…

What the SATCOM Cost Debate Should Be About

The commercial satellite industry has been reporting for duty with the DoD since the first Iraqi conflict in 1991. The issue of affordability and comparisons…

Program-Level Support Needed to Enhance Hosted Payloads Adoption

This past summer, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) selected a list of 14 industry providers to help support the agency’s…

Outsourcing Satellite Operations to Commercial Sector Viable Choice for the U.S. Air Force

The potential sequestration cuts in late 2015 and the ongoing pressure to reduce expenses are creating a new shift for the U.S. Air Force --…

Building a More Resilient SATCOM – Protected Communications

With the rise of network-centric warfare, the connectivity and situational awareness delivered by satellite communications (SATCOM) has never been more vital. Potential adversaries are experimenting…

Defense Acquisition: Competition Is Not Just About Price

Competition has many benefits: It fosters the growth of new businesses; puts downward pressure on prices; and pushes companies to innovate in order to offer…

Congress Pushes for U.S. Government Use of Commercial Satellites to Gather Weather Data

An Oklahoma Congressman is urging the U.S. government to outsource the collection of certain weather data to commercial satellite operators, the same model currently used…