The solution to making military space communications secure could be more. More satellites. More partners. More bandwidth. More everything.
Oil-and-gas telecommunications service provider RigNet says more than 90 offshore rigs it helped link to land have shut down since late 2014, with more to follow as the energy sector continues to feel the global pressure of too much production.
Mobile satellite-service provider Globalstar is still trying to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to let it convert a portion of its satellite spectrum into a terrestrial Wi-Fi network. However, the proposal was dealt another setback when Microsoft complained to the FCC last month that Globalstar’s so-called Terrestrial Lower Power Solution could create interference problems for the Xbox 360S gaming console.
Skot Butler recently replaced the plain-spoken Kay Sears, who finished her 10-year tenure at the tail end of a decline in U.S. government bandwidth spending that tracks the military’s shrinking footprint in Iraq and Afghanistan. Butler now gets a chance to come in at a trough and build, rather than manage a decline, as Sears had to do.
Satellite fleet operators Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES and Eutelsat all say the long-awaited rebound in U.S. government (translation: mainly the U.S. Department of Defense) demand for bandwidth now looks to be underway.
SES Chief Executive Karim Michel Sabbagh, in a May 18 op-ed column, addresses concerns about the health of the commercial satellite industry.
The diversity, distribution and protection of orbital assets are essential attributes of resiliency that enhance the government’s integrated SATCOM architecture, ensuring the government can operate in all environments, even when contested.
Orbital ATK has signed Intelsat as its first customer for a revived satellite life extension program as part of the company’s ambitions to create a growing market for satellite servicing for commercial and government customers.
Global satellite regulators, in a decision some fear could undermine coordinated management of satellite orbital slots, have granted Egypt three additional years to launch a civil/military telecommunications satellite whose launch deadline was next May.
SpaceX’s silence on the schedule delays of its Falcon 9 Upgrade rocket is causing ripples of concern among commercial customers, which like NASA are counting on a high launch cadence in 2016 to meet these companies’ schedule milestones.
An ILS Russian Proton rocket on Jan. 30 successfully placed the Eutelsat 9B commercial telecommunications satellite into orbit.
Safran of France's Snecma division expects to sell 350 satellite electric thrusters in the next 10 years following negotiations with European prime contractors Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space.
The Jan. 15 launch of Belarus’s first satellite, Belintersat-1, aboard a Chinese rocket illustrates the new thinking among start-up government satellite owners, who view export revenue as more important than having a national flag in orbit.