Tag Archives: satellite constellation

Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson Presents Maxar Technologies’ Tony Frazier His Fifth Wash100 Award

Tony Frazier Receives

Tony Frazier, executive vice president of Global Field Operations for Maxar Technologies, was presented his 2021 Wash100 Award, the most prestigious award in all of government contracting (GovCon), by Jim Garrettson, CEO of Executive Mosaic and founder of the Wash100 Award on Wednesday. Executive Mosaic congratulates both Maxar Technologies and Tony Frazier for the fifth Wash100 Award win of his career. 

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DARPA Unveils Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node Program; Greg Kuperman Quoted

Space-BACN Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a new program that seeks to develop a reconfigurable optical communications terminal that would enable different small satellite constellations in low-Earth orbit to communicate with each other. DARPA has issued a solicitation for the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program and will accept abstracts for optical aperture and reconfigurable modem technical areas through Oct. 4. 

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Maxar Technologies Providing WorldView Legion Satellite Capacity to International Defense, Intelligence Customers; Tony Frazier Quoted

Tony Frazier

Maxar Technologies announced on Thursday that the company secured a multi-year $35 million contract for WorldView Legion satellite constellation capacity through an expanded agreement with a key international defense and intelligence customer. The contract will extend the customer's ability to easily task and download 30 cm-class satellite imagery to its ground station from Maxar’s current constellation under the Direct Access Program. 

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Gen. David Thompson: Space Force Looks to Commercial Market for Satellite ISR Capabilities

Gen. David Thompson

Gen. David Thompson, vice chief of space operations at the U.S. Space Force, said the service is looking to broaden the procurement of commercial space services with the acquisition of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) satellite data and analytical services. "Comms, data relay, remote sensing, and even ISR and some other things — [these] capabilities are increasingly available in the commercial market,” Thompson said.

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CSIS Report Describes Passive, Active Defenses Against Adversary Counterspace Weapons

Next Generation

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a report outlining several technologies and methods that the U.S. government can use to protect space systems from counterspace weapons and deter attacks in space. Architectural, technical and operational are three categories of passive space defenses described in the report. 

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Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt on Plans to Improve Space-Based Missile Warning Capabilities

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt

Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, commander of Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), told C4ISRNET in an interview published on Friday about plans to improve missile warning satellites and one of those is the need to equip satellite constellations, ground systems and other space-based missile warning capabilities with software that could be reprogrammed quickly in response to threats.

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NOAA Lays Out Plan for Recommended Geo-XO Satellite Constellation; Pam Sullivan Quoted

Next Generation

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recommended operating three satellites over the U.S. as part of the proposed Geostationary and Extended Orbits satellite constellation. “The approximate investment that would be needed for the Geo-XO constellation is that GOES-R $12 billion number inflated to the Geo-XO timeframe,” Pam Sullivan, GOES-R system program director, said Monday during the virtual American Meteorological Society meeting.

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Congress Increases MDA’s Budget by $130M to Fund Hypersonic Missile Warning Satellites

Hypersonic Missile

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has had its budget increased by $130 million by Congress to develop a new satellite constellation capable of tracking hypersonic weapons to fill a dramatic need in the U.S. missile warning architecture. The $130 million budget addition for the project includes a $10 million transfer from the SDA.

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Space Operations Command Assumes Control Authority Over Lockheed-Made AEHF-6 Satellite

Lockheed-Built AEHF-6

The U.S. Space Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center handed control authority of the sixth Lockheed Martin-built Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite to Space Operations Command in late October. Space Vehicle 6 completes the AEHF satellite constellation designed to provide military leaders and warfighters jam-resistant communications and command and control capabilities during a nuclear war.

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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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