Tag Archives: SATCOM

Sen. Roger Wicker: President Biden Must Revive National Space Council

Sen. Roger Wicker

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., has said the nation must take a “whole-of-government approach” and relaunch the National Space Council (NSC) to drive the discussion on the space domain while eliminating bureaucracy. The council must also have a diverse set of experts to reflect space policy's implications on commercial, military and civil customers, he noted.

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NASA’s Deep-Space Satellite Dish Goes Online

DSS-56

NASA has added another antenna to its Deep Space Network (DSN) that will handle communications with space missions including the Perseverance rover that is slated to land on Mars in Feb. 2021. NASA envisions DSS-56 to support the interplanetary switchboard network in managing navigation and communication operations for subsequent deep-space missions. 

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GAO: Program Delays Prevent DOD From Rolling Out Jam-Resistant GPS Tech

Anti-Jamming Tech

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report has found that the Department of Defense (DOD) is yet to achieve widespread use of the “M-code” GPS technology due to limitations in satellite equipment to accommodate the jam-resistant capability. GAO said Tuesday that the DOD has seen delays in installing receiver equipment for satellites that will enable them to broadcast M-code signals.

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Viasat UK Wins Contract to Provide UHF SATCOM to Royal Navy; Steve Beeching Quoted

Viasat

Viasat UK, a subsidiary of Viasat Inc., has been awarded a contract to provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) for the Type 31 frigates. The services will be delivered to the Royal Navy by Babcock Team 31. “This UHF SATCOM capability will ensure the Royal Navy Type 31 frigates will have the robust, secure, world-wide UHF voice and data services,” said Steve Beeching.

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Army Conducts NetModX Field Experiment to Test Radio, Satcom Capabilities

Army C5ISR

The U.S. Army tested approximately 30 technologies during the Network Modernization Experiment 2020 and reported breakthroughs on satellite communications, millimeter waveforms and radio resiliency as part of the next set of tactical network tools called Capability Set ’23. One of the satcom capabilities tested by the service during NetModX is the interference cancelation technology.

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Space Force Eyes Commercial Satcom Partnerships, Official Personnel Name

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020. He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.

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NRL, SDA Partner to Prototype Satellite Interoperability Testbed; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear

The Space Development Agency (SDA) has partnered with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to develop and test a simulation tool designed to assess the interoperability of satellites that will comprise a planned space defense layer. “The Space Development Agency appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with NRL on this important part of the process to develop the National Defense Space Architecture,” noted Derek Tournear, director of SDA.

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Army Considers Satellite Service for Fiscal 2023 Network Capability Set

US Army

The U.S. Army's Network Cross-Functional Team might adopt satellite communications services as part of a new set of network tools in fiscal year 2023. The team, in charge of network modernization, exchanged ideas with industry entities to identify what services can be included in the network capability set for 2023.

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Brig. Gen. Robert Collins: Army Working on Establishing Operational Satellite Network by 2027

BG Robert Collins

Brig. Gen. Robert Collins, the U.S. Army's program executive officer for command, control, communications-tactical (PEO C3T), said he expects low- and medium-Earth orbit constellations to become fully mature in seven years. He noted that the Army plans to deploy the satellites to expand bandwidth capacities while leveraging reduced latency and smaller ground infrastructure.

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Space Force, UK Defense Ministry Conduct Protected Tactical Waveform Demo

PTW Demo

The U.S. Space Force and the U.K. defense ministry have carried out a demonstration of the Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW) over the U.K. government’s Skynet satellite system. The July 13 demonstration conducted using a multiband test terminal as part of the Protected Anti-jam Tactical SATCOM program showcased PTW’s anti-jam capability and data rates.

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