Tag Archives: satellite constellation

Ajit Pai on FCC’s Proposed Orbital Debris Rules, Rural Digital Opportunity Fund

Ajit Pai

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), said that FCC is in the process of reviewing comments from federal agencies and stakeholders in the private sector on the proposed orbital debris mitigation rules. Pai discussed FCC’s preparation for the C-band auction in December and explained the commission’s ruling on Ligado Networks’ application.

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HawkEye 360 to Deliver On-Orbit Satellite Constellation Under AFWERX Space Challenge; Rob Rainhart, Brennan Townley Quoted

Rob Rainhart

AFWERX has selected HawkEye 360 as one of the top participating teams in The AFWERX Space Challenge initiative that includes four challenges to develop integrated space operations, leveraging innovative technology and maintaining security. Additionally, HawkEye 360 has exhibited resiliency and agility across Persistent ISR, Department of Defense (DoD) Commercial Space Partnerships, Global Space Transport and Delivery and Space Asset Resiliency.

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Derek Tournear: SDA to Issue Tech Demo BAAs in Support of Space Layer Development

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Derek Tournear, acting director of the Space Development Agency, said SDA plans to issue before the end of this year broad area announcements to ask potential vendors to compete for technology demonstrations in support of the agency’s plan to develop “layers” of satellites, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.

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

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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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Senate Panel OKs Funding for Pentagon’s Space-Based Sensor Layer

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The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved a budget for the Pentagon's proposed space-based sensor layer to detect and track high-speed threats from Earth’s orbit, C4ISRNet reported Thursday. Funding for the project was added to the panel’s version of the $750 billion National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which now heads to the full Senate for confirmation. 

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