Tag Archives: LEO

DARPA Unveils Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node Program; Greg Kuperman Quoted

Space-BACN Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new program that seeks to develop a reconfigurable optical communications terminal that would enable different small satellite constellations in low-Earth orbit to communicate with each other. DARPA has issued a solicitation for the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program and will accept abstracts for optical aperture and reconfigurable modem technical areas through Oct. 4. 

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Inmarsat Unveiled Plans for ORCHESTRA to Integrate GEO, LEO, Terrestrial 5G Into One Solution; CEO Rajeev Suri Quoted

Rajeev Suri

Inmarsat, a world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, announced on Thursday that the company has unveiled its plans for ORCHESTRA to bring together the existing geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with low earth orbit satellites (LEO) as well as terrestrial 5G into one integrated high-performance solution. ORCHESTRA will open up a host of new and previously unattainable possibilities. 

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Peraton Supports Rapid SDA Satellite Launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9; Roger Mason Quoted

Roger Mason

Peraton announced on Thursday that two Space Development Agency (SDA) prototype satellites were successfully placed in orbit due to the company’s work to secure rideshare space on the SpaceX Transporter-2 mission and performance of launch integration activities. Peraton was required to support the SDA in this mission because of its Mission Systems Engineering and Integration (MSE&I) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract. This contract calls for Peraton to assist in filling gaps where SDA lacks necessary in-agency capabilities.

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Bechtel’s Mike Costas Named to ASCEND’s 2021 Guiding Coalition


ASCEND announced on Monday its 2021 Guiding Coalition. The Coalition is an advisory board of technical, scientific, engineering and business leaders selected to help maximize ASCEND's mission. The board will include Mike Costas, general manager and principal vice president of Bechtel's Defense and Space business line.

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DOD Plans To Replace DMSP Weather Satellites Within Five Years; Gen. David Thompson Quoted

Gen. David Thompson

The Department of Defense (DOD) is on track to replace the aging polar-orbiting Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) with two new military satellite systems designed to monitor weather data. The recent developments follow an unsuccessful attempt to replace the DMSP with only one satellite system that satisfied both civil and military requirements.

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Army Considers Opportunities in Low Eart Orbit Satellites

The U.S. Army is looking to use small satellite constellations instead to reduce vulnerability and accelerate communications speeds. Mark Lewis, who leads the Defense Research and Engineering for Modernization Office, chaired a discussion on this topic at a forum with the Association of the U.S. Army, the service branch said Tuesday.

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Hughes Partners with OneWeb to Supply Low Earth Orbit Satellite Service; Pradman Kaul, Adrian Steckel Quoted

Hughes Network Systems has partnered with OneWeb, the global communications company with a mission to bring connectivity to everyone everywhere, to become a worldwide distribution partner for OneWeb and integrate low earth orbit satellite services, the company announced on Monday.

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Derek Tournear: SDA to Use LEO Satellites for GPS-Denied Environments

Derek Tournear, director at the Department of Defense's Space Development Agency, said he is interested to address GPS-denied environments via the use of low-Earth orbit satellites, C4ISRnet reported Friday. He said at the Association of the U.S. Army's conference in October that his agency plans to launch hundreds of LEO satellites that would provide positioning and timing data for navigation.

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