White Papers

Adjacent Satellite Interference in Mobile/VSAT Environments

A number of recent government and commercial RFPs have included language which specifies that bidders must propose bandwidth which is “free of interference”. For a variety of reasons expounded below, complete freedom from interference is practically impossible in an operational environment. However,…

AISR Missions on Intelsat EpicNG Ku-band

By Christopher M. Hudson Intelsat General Corporation Bethesda, MD, USA Eric Hall and Glenn Colby L-3 Communications – Broadband Communications Salt Lake City, UT, USA. For the published version presented at the 2014 IEEE Military Communications Conference please visit http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/ Command, Control,…

Investing in Satellite Life Extension – Fleet Planning Options for Spacecraft Owner/Operators

Presented at the AIAA Space 2014 Conference. As satellite owner operators are challenged to provide enhanced services to their customers at lower cost per bit, a creative approach is required to meet economic realities. Business plans include significant investments to finance the…

Intelsat General’s Broadband Solution for Government Airborne Applications

Intelsat General has been offering communications-on-the-move (COTM) via satellite to remotely piloted aircraft since the early 2000s. Airborne Satellite COTM is used to address two primary applications for manned and unmanned aircraft: en-route communications for senior leadership and airborne intelligence, surveillance and…

Why Ku-band Makes the Most Sense for the DoD Over the Next Few Years

Commercial satellite capacity has proven its reliability over the last decade of U.S. military operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia and Africa, and is increasingly being considered as a centerpiece of the Pentagon’s future strategy. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)…

Security in Space: Intelsat Information Assurance

Information Assurance Program Intelsat’s Information Security function centralizes global responsibility for Information Assurance while basing its control framework on ISO 27001 and DoDI 8500.2 MAC Level I. Information Security works proactively to maintain the availability, security and confidentiality of Intelsat data and…

Internet Routing in Space: Prospects and Challenges of the IRIS JCTD

Recent technological advances coupled with the collaboration between government and industry will soon make it possible to include IP routers and IP modems on board a commercial geostationary communications satellite. The Internet Protocol Routing in Space (IRIS) Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD)…

Rationale for Need of In-Orbit Servicing Capabilities for GEO Spacecraft

At both NASA and DARPA, robotic programs are being executed which will serve as catalysts for changing how the commercial world thinks about satellites and satellite life. Technology is being developed today by both governments and private companies which will allow towing,…

High Throughput Ku-band for Aero Applications

Recent advancements in high throughput Ku-band satellites will allow commercial Ku-band aeronautical mobile satellite systems (AMSS) to equal or exceed commercial Ka-band AMSS systems on cost and performance. The first example of this is Panasonic’s acquisition of capacity on Intelsat-29e satellite, the…

Private Risk Management in Orbital Operations – Inter-operator Liability and the Space Data Association

The recently released US Space Policy highlights the fact that the space environment is in a period of evolution and growth. In particular, the policy notes: The space environment is rapidly changing and these changes will require a corresponding change in our…

Practical Aspects of Command and Control in the use of Commercial Satellite Communications for Military Operations

A recent contract provides end-to-end satellite and terrestrial communications from US Navy ships to their regional communications stations. This effort required the creation of a worldwide command and control system to provision, control, monitor, and display the entire operation. Building this system…

Hosted Payload White Paper

The Global War on Terror, program overruns, and increasing demand for new capabilities has placed an ever increasing strain on National Space Assets, from communications satellites to earth and space observing systems. This strain has also created an opportunity. With the goal…

Satellite Primer

Satellites can provide global, ubiquitous and multipoint communications. Not surprisingly, satellite technology has become a flexible and cost-effective solution for domestic and international networks, irrespective of the user’s geographic location. Wireline and wireless lack this ability to leap across continents and oceans,…

Interoperability Via Satellite

When lives are at stake, it is essential that “first responders” be able to communicate immediately not only among themselves, but also with their leadership through respective command and operational centers.

Seven Ways to Make the DoD a Better Buyer of Commercial Satcom

National Space Transportation Policy