I believe that the days are receding rapidly when we considered ourselves a niche and, from the perspective of the wider world, a somewhat invisible industry.
The realignment does not affect the MUOS program. But any future narrowband satcom acquisition will be handled by the Air Force.
Is it time for the Navy to turn over the Mobile User Objective System to the Air Force? The House Appropriations Committee is calling on the leaders of the services to consider such a move.
A “hybrid” architecture that allows users to tap into commercial and military satellites without knowing the difference has been a much discussed but elusive goal.
One of the twists of the proposed establishment of a Space Force as a separate military branch is that the job of procuring satellite communications services for the U.S. military might again be up for grabs.
Navy aircraft carrier strike groups will get the new technology in 2022, about 18 months sooner than previously planned.
This year’s satcom workshop comes amid major questions about the Pentagon’s plans — or lack thereof — to buy more satellite communications services from the private sector.
One take-away from last week’s Global MilSatcom conference in London is that the satellite communications industry is giving government buyers more choices than they can handle.
As the military sometimes must operate in contested environments, they will need more resilient communications system to overcome any intentional interference.
Emirati satellite fleet operator Yahsat and Echostar’s Hughes Network Systems are seeking regulatory approval for a joint venture to offer ka-band broadband service in Africa, the Middle East and southwest Asia.
Satellite communications providers are forming partnerships, making acquisitions and developing new business models in anticipation of new satellite constellations and surging demand for data links.
There are about 150 program managers who oversee satcom terminals across the Defense Department. It could take decades to upgrade up to 17,000 systems.
Study: The Pentagon needs to invest in a new mix of space constellations and information systems.
It’s time to allow trusted commercial operators to help government benefit from improved satellite operations