White Papers

Realizing Resilient Tactical Satcom Networks with Maximum Government Control

Wide-beam connectivity is an essential aspect of military satellite communications and High-throughput Satellite (HTS) technology is proving to be ideally suited for many government applications.  While most satellite operators offer closed HTS architectures that are vendor-locked with very little control offered to…

Enhanced Interference Mitigation Techniques on the Intelsat IS-29e HTS Satellite

This whitepaper validates the capability of the Intelsat EpicNG platform to mitigate attempts by adversaries to intentionally interfere with signals operating on the Intelsat multi-spot, high frequency reuse, high-throughput satellites. This is particularly important for U.S. and allied military forces in hostile…

Adjacent Satellite Interference in Mobile/VSAT Environments

Satellite users cannot assume that bandwidth is completely free of interference since low-level sources are ever-present and virtually unavoidable. This paper discusses that satellite operators and customers can successfully work together to reduce and overcome high levels of ASI in closely-space orbital locations.

AISR Missions on Intelsat EpicNG Ku-band

Commercial Ku-band SATCOM systems are an essential part of current and future AISR systems. This paper identifies how Intelsat EpicNG satellites deliver global high-throughput technology, without sacrificing user control of service elements and hardware, to improve UAS performance and AISR missions.

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

Satellite operators are challenged to provide creative approaches and enhanced services to meet new economic realities. This paper discusses the economics of life extension, the options available and the challenges faced by those planning to provide these services to the world community.

Intelsat General’s Broadband Solution for Government Airborne Applications

Intelsat EpicNG offers customers the next generation of satellite technology in the most cost-effective manner. This paper explains why the open architecture, backward compatibility and future-proof Ku-band-based strategy from Intelsat General is the best approach for government and commercial customers.

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

The DoD faces two issues: leveraging its existing investments in commercial, government-owned ground, spacecraft infrastructure and meeting the need for higher connectivity while also providing flexibility, portability, connectivity and information assurance. This paper discusses why Ku-band is the answer for the DoD.

Security in Space: Intelsat Information Assurance

Intelsat maintains the highest standards of information assurance by assessing and building the Intelsat infrastructure, networks and third party infrastructures against the most stringent DoD controls. This paper discusses Intelsat's information assurance program, which provides the utmost security to its customers.

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

The IRIS payload provided the ability to integrate terrestrial and space communications nodes through a common network layer protocol to enable U.S. and allied military forces to communicate seamlessly over the Internet. This paper further discusses this idea.

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

In-Orbit servicing refers to operations conducted on in-orbit spacecraft intended to extend the life of older satellites near their end-of-life, but structurally viable. This paper further explains what in-orbit servicing is and why it is optimal for GEO spacecraft.

High Throughput Ku-band for Aero Applications

Panasonic and Intelsat are collaborating to bring a new generation of high-throughput Ku-band AMSS service to market using the Intelsat EpicNG platform starting with the Intelsat-29e satellite. This paper discusses why high-throughput Ku-band is the most feasible frequency for Aero applications.

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

This paper examines current private sector initiatives to enhance data sharing between commercial satellite communications operators through the Space Data Association (SDA) and will also discuss the international policy and legal implications of the SDA.

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 U.S. Navy ships to regional communications stations. This paper discusses the lessons learned from this project as they may be of use to other integrators and military planners facing a similar task.

Hosted Payload White Paper

Hosted Payloads are an example of how the government can do things differently and focus on capabilities, not systems. This paper describes the Hosted Payload vision and strategy as well as the specific requirements for access to space.

Satellite Primer

Satellites can provide global, ubiquitous and multi-point communications and also play a major role in designing, developing and expanding networks. This paper serves as an introductory guide for using satellite technology for communications.

Interoperability Via Satellite

This paper talks about how Intelsat General can provide MSS and FSS satellite communications, which can be integrated into the network to help prevent and respond to terror and disaster events in all conditions.

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

The DoD designs, builds and launches military satellites with capabilities that often overlap with or are incompatible with existing commercial networks. This paper outlines seven ways to make the DoD a better buyer of commercial SatCom.

National Space Transportation Policy

Space has transformed every aspect of society, and the U.S. is committed to maintaining its role as the leading space-faring nation. This paper discusses the National Space Transportation Policy including what it is, why it is necessary and how it will be beneficial.