Tag Archives: SATCOM

Mike Hatcher Joins By Light as CRO, Mike Bowser Becomes COO; Bob Donahue Quoted

By Light Professional IT Services announced on Thursday that Mike Bowser has been promoted to become the company’s new chief operating officer. In addition, Mike Hatcher has joined By Light as the chief revenue officer. These appointments will be effective immediately and intend to reinforce and expand current and future capabilities.

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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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DIU Accelerating Satcom, Space Tech Contract Awards

Col. Steve Butow, space portfolio director for the Defense Innovation Unit, said that the recently established agency is looking to issue its first contract award within 60 days, Space News reported Tuesday. “At DIU, we don’t like to pick winners, we build menus. Sometimes we get two solutions that are quite unique and we want both of them,” he noted during this year's Space Tech Expo in Pasadena, Calif. 

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USAF Gen. John Hyten: Single Entity Could Address Integration Issue Between Satellites, Terminals

Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, said he believes a single organization can address the synchronization issue between satellites and their corresponding terminals, National Defense reported Wednesday. Hyten said at the Space Symposium that Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who was nominated to serve as head of U.S. Space Command in March, could play a role in addressing the problem.

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DoD Proposing to Transfer Satcom Procurement Duties to Air Force Secretary

The U.S. Air Force secretary is assuming the responsibility of procuring commercial satellite communications services as part of the move to create a Space Force, Space News reported Monday. The Space Force’s establishment would lead to the termination of the Air Force Space Command, which is responsible to acquire satcom services for the Department of Defense.

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Space and Missile Systems Center Chief Wants Agile, Resilient Space Architecture

Lt. Gen. John Thompson, commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, recently said that U.S. assets in space are now more vulnerable than at any other time in the past, National Defense Magazine reported Monday. Speaking at the MILCOM conference held in Los Angeles on Oct. 29, Thompson described the space domain as congested and contested, and proposed that the U.S. deploy space architecture that is more secure, agile and resilient.

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Marine Corps Eyes Updated Medium SATCOM Platform to Support Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications

A Marine Corps Systems Command-led team looks to update a medium satellite communications system to create and offer a modernized beyond-line-of-sight communications capacity. The U.S. Marine Corps said Thursday the Very Small Aperture Terminal family of systems covers expeditionary, small, medium and large platforms that support data, video and voice applications …

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Holger Lueschow: European Govsatcom Demo to Commence Next Summer

Holger Lueschow, satellite communications program manager at the European Defense Agency, said the European Govsatcom demonstration project will begin to deliver Satcom services to government users next summer, Space News reported Wednesday. The Govsatcom project will utilize pooling and asset sharing efforts to mitigate challenges related to the affordability, security and …

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National Guard Provides Comms System to Aid Hurricane Recovery Efforts

The U.S. National Guard has rolled out satellite communications systems in an effort to address communication gaps in hurricane-affected U.S. territories. The Guard said Friday its Joint Incident Site Communications Capability is designed to facilitate high-frequency radio, data, video and voice communications between first responders. Four JISCCs are currently on-site in …

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