As the U.S. Air Force prepares to release a final bid solicitation for a contracting vehicle that will enable it to regularly utilize excess payload capacity aboard commercial satellites.
If the U.S. Congress approves NOAA's plan to trim costs in its next-generation civilian polar-orbiting weather satellite program, one detail that will not change is the payload for the Free Flyer-1 satellite slated to launch in 2016.
Satellite operator SES will host a NASA upper atmospheric research payload on an unspecified geostationary-orbiting satellite scheduled for launch around 2017.
The core barriers and obstacles to hosted payloads are cultural, not technical.
The EPS will replace the Interim Polar System andl complement the AEHF.
The U.S. Department of Defense is working on an addendum to guidance on the utilization of so-called hosted payload that industry officials have complained is too restrictive.