Tag Archives: LEO

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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Paul Selva: LEO Satellites Could Provide Cheaper Broadband Services

Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Brookings Institute event that the efforts to miniaturize satellites are helping to reduce costs in constructing and deploying large constellations, C4ISRnet reported Thursday. Selva noted that this may result in broadband services hosted by low-Earth orbit satellites that are cheaper compared to fiber-optic networks.

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Space Dev’t Agency Seeking Low-Earth Orbit Satcom Capabilities

The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.

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Army Working on Near-Earth Orbit Satcom Network Capabilities

The U.S. Army is seeking new ways to utilize near-Earth orbit and medium-Earth orbit satellite communications technology to establish a tactical satcom network, C4ISRNET reported Friday. The Army has launched initiatives like the Expeditionary Signal Battalion-Enhanced pilot program, which involves the deployment of small to medium-sized terminals to support satellite constellations in closer orbits.

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Space Dev’t Agency Plans to Issue Smallsat Capabilities RFI Ahead of 2022 Launch

The Department of Defense’s recently established Space Development Agency is slated to release a request for information on low Earth orbit small satellite capabilities by summer of this year, Space News reported Wednesday. Fred Kennedy, director of the SDA, told reporters that he intends to launch SDA satellites into orbit by 2022. 

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NASA, Partners Detail How Human Spaceflight in LEO Can Boost Economy, Exploration

An interagency effort led by NASA submitted a report to the National Space Council detailing the opportunities and challenges for human spaceflight in low-Earth orbit and how it could help boost economy and space exploration. The agency said Saturday, it issued the report in partnership with the departments of State and Commerce. In February, The National Space Council called on NASA to work with other federal agencies to create a national strategy for human spaceflight in LEO. 

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