WASHINGTON — Satellite solutions provider Harris CapRock has won its first piece of business under a U.S. government bandwidth purchasing program on which the company, a longtime provider to the U.S. military, was denied a prime contracting role last spring, Harris CapRock said in a Feb. 12 press release.

Harris CapRock Government Solutions of Fairfax, Va., will deliver satellite communications, teleport and related engineering services to an unspecified intelligence customer as a subcontractor to AIS Engineering of Silver Spring, Md. The deal, which includes one base year and as many as four option years, is worth a minimum of $10 million to Harris CapRock if all the options are exercised, the company said.

AIS was among eight companies selected in August to deliver commercial satellite communications services to U.S. government customers, primarily at the Department of Defense, under the Future Comsatcom Services Acquisition (FCSA) Custom Satcom Solutions (CS2) program. In what was widely viewed as a surprise in the commercial satellite industry, Harris CapRock, one of three providers of managed solutions under the Pentagon’s legacy contracting vehicle, was disqualified from the FCSA CS2 competition in April.

In an interview in October, Harris CapRock President David Cavossa said his company would nonetheless pursue work under the program as a subcontractor.

“We have supported this intelligence community customer for more than a decade,” Cavossa said in a prepared statement Feb. 12. “Working with CS2 contract awardees, we continue to meet the critical communications needs of our longstanding customers.”

Mike Gruss is a senior staff writer for SpaceNews. He joined the publication in January 2013 to cover military space. Previously, he worked as a reporter and columnist for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va. and The Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind. He...