CapRock Government Solutions received one of the first of a new category of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contracts that gives the Fairfax, Va.-based company a new avenue for selling commercial satellite communications services to government agencies, the company announced Oct. 28.

The so-called Schedule 70 contract will enable the GSA to purchase commercial transponder capacity and subscription services through the new Future Comsatcom Services Acquisition (FCSA) program, the release said. CapRock, now a subsidiary of Harris Corp., has been providing commercial satellite communications services to the U.S. government since 1998, the release said.

Two other companies, Artel Inc. of Reston, Va., and Segovia Inc. of Herndon, Va., recently announced they have received Schedule 70 contracts under the FCSA program, which have no value until task orders are placed.