U.S. Air Force satellite communications experts on Nov. 9 deployed to London to persuade an international audience that the U.S. Defense Department, despite a painful slowness, is making progress on bringing international partners into the design and operation of military telecommunications satellites.
The Canadian military will buy portable satellite communications terminals to allow its commanders on overseas mission to make use of the U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) military satellite communications system.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts worth a total of $110 million to Raytheon, L-3 and ViaSat to demonstrate that the Defense Department’s protected tactical waveform works with new modems and with military and commercial satellites.
In the last nine months, the Pentagon has overhauled its space governance structure, studied how to best reclassify some of its most secretive satellite programs and kicked off a the new process for evaluating next-generation satellite programs.
A defense authorization bill that cleared a U.S. Senate panel last week would prohibit the Air Force from spending $30 million this year to experiment with new ways of buying commercial satellite communications bandwidth unless the Pentagon can show the program will yield significant advantages over relying on the current generation of military-owned satellites.
The diversity, distribution and protection of orbital assets are essential attributes of resiliency that enhance the government’s integrated SATCOM architecture, ensuring the government can operate in all environments, even when contested.
United Launch Alliance will launch the Air Force’s final Wideband Global Satcom satellite aboard a Delta 4 rocket in 2018.
The Defense Department may abandon its practice of distinguishing between wideband, narrowband and protected communications on its next generation of tactical communications satellites, a top Pentagon official said March 7.
The U.S. Air Force is considering a three-satellite constellation as a possible replacement or supplement to its wideband satellite communication system.
Intelsat General, Northrop Grumman, Stinger Ghaffarian and Kratos express interest in handling the operation and maintenance of the U.S. Air Force’s Wideband Global Satcom communications satellites.
The request for information is one of the first steps to commercialize some of the service’s satellite operations and transfer others to a new common ground system.
The next 18 months are seen as crucial as the U.S. Air Force is expected to undertake an analysis of alternatives for wideband satellite capacity.
Military satellite contracts are hard to come by these days, but Boeing sees opportunity as the U.S. Air Force ponders its next-generation architecture.
The U.S. Air Force hopes to outsource the day-to-day operation of its Wideband Global Satcom communications satellites as early as next year.
The U.S. Air Force is looking to bolster the protection of its wideband communication satellites as interference and deliberate jamming become more commonplace and problematic.