Tag Archives: low-Earth orbit

Ball Aerospace Completes CDR of MethaneSAT Flight System; Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, Cassandra Ely Quoted

Dr. Makenzie Lystrup

Ball Aerospace has successfully completed the critical design review (CDR) of the flight system and advanced spectrometer instrument that will be integrated onto a 350-kilogram satellite for MethaneSAT, a subsidiary of the non-profit Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The completion of CDR has enabled Ball to move into part fabrication and assembly.

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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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John Ferrari: Army Looks to Space Development Agency for LEO-Based Satcom Capabilities

The U.S. Army kicked off discussions with the Space Development Agency to help provide ground forces access to satellites in the low-Earth orbit, SpaceNews reported Sunday. Ferrari, who most recently served as director of program analysis and evaluation at the Army, said that the SDA will play a lead role in serving as a space systems architect and establishing standards to facilitate the delivery of broadband communications and other LEO-based services to all service branches. 

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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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