Could the military take advantage of cheaper and faster satellite broadband to siphon more data, faster, from its surveillance drones? It could, but it's easier said than done, according to satellite industry executives.
In the government and military, there is a “great debate” on how to procure available satellite capacity.
The defense market in general is still uncertain, and will stay that way until the Pentagon finds a way to mesh commercial providers into its communications infrastructure.
The low-Earth-orbit sun-synchronous mission will carry a panchromatic and multispectral camera.
Electronics in small packages can do big things in space. That sort of sums up the thinking behind defense industry giant Lockheed Martin’s move to invest in commercial companies.
Small terminals typically are easily jammed, so having an anti-jam capability in a portable system would be significant.
With both military and commercial customers seeking more choices in satellite size and orbit, Lockheed Martin has rolled out a new family of satellite buses that consolidate the customized spacecraft the company has previously developed.
With the recent launch of its Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite as an Army testbed, Adcole Maryland Aerospace is in the hunt for other related government and commercial business, company President Glen Cameron said.
With a space portfolio that runs a gamut for different requirement needs, Lockheed Martin has started construction on a new $350 million facility the company says will provide the kind of assembly, testing and validation Lockheed needs across the line of satellite programs it has and expects to secure.
“We are very much enamoured with our system engineering processes in the Department,” said Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the leader of Air Force Material Command.
The report found there were more than 1,450 active satellites in orbit at the end of last year, an increase of nearly 50 percent in five years.
The countdown was proceeding as planned until a guidance computer triggered an abort 10 seconds before the scheduled 7:36 p.m. Eastern liftoff from Florida.
Officials did not provide additional details about the satellite's orbit, but did state that the satellite had deployed its solar panels and was functioning normally.
Satellite manufacturers aren’t yet sure how the policies of the Trump administration will impact their businesses.
A startup that aims to build 200 satellites a year is opening an automated manufacturing facility on a college campus and adding a former Paul Allen hire to its board of director.