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April 2018 Edition
Warfighter Comms, C&C, Program Management + Strategic Planning, SmallSats
 
Dispatches
 
Dispatches Part I, Information & News, by the Editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
 
Dispatches Part II, Information & News, by the Editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
 
Dispatches Part III, Information & News, by the Editors
Milsat News and Products of Note
Features
 
Small Satellites Grow Up—A Boeing Perspective, By Christian Dommell, Small Satellite Innovation Lead, Boeing Phantom Works
To an outside observer, it must seem as if smallsats have finally made it big — hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in the smallsat ecosystem, bolstered by an energetic, ever-growing international community.
 
Leadership and Industry Development Pave a New Path for Unified SATCOM, By Rebecca M. Cowen-Hirsch, Senior Contributor and Senior Vice President of Government Strategy and Policy, Inmarsat Government
Whether responding to natural disasters or supporting command and control (C2) of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) links and data streams for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) provides the preponderance of Department of Defense (DoD) communication capabilities for SATCOM users across the full spectrum of operations.
 
Smallsats... Single Answers or Tools for Greater Solutions? A Ball Aerospace Focus, By Debra Facktor,Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Operations and of the Commercial Aerospace strategic business unit for Ball Aerospace
The small satellite market continues to grow — in interest, investment, capability and potential impact.
 
Open Systems HTS is Best for Government Needs, A SatCom Frontier Perspective
Over the past couple of years, multiple commercial satellite operators have begun launching high-throughput satellite
(HTS) constellations.
 
Innovation: Advancing Space Situational Awareness Through the Use of RF Data, By Greg Caicedo, Vice President, Kratos Networks and Data Solutions
When U.S. Navy sailors were captured in the Persian Gulf in 2016, many believed the event was caused in part by Iran’s ‘spoofing’ or falsifying U.S. satellite signals.
 
A Policy Primer For Small Satellites, An Aerospace Corporation Focus
In the early days of space, only governments or large government contractors built satellites and rockets. Today, the space enterprise encompasses many players, including not only governments and large corporations, but also small businesses, universities, and even high schools. The proliferation of small satellites (smallsats) has a large number of new players in the space business as well as new paradigms for access to, and the use of, space.
 
Intelligence Report—U.S.A.F.’s Space Based-Surveillance Block 10 Satellite, With Jeff Veselenak, SBSS Block 10 Program Manager
The Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10 satellite operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week collecting metric and Space Object Identification data.
 
On Orbit Servicing: Progress & Promise—An interview with Dr. Gordon Roesler, Tactical Technology Office Program Manager, DARPA, By Ryan Schradin, Senior Contributor and Executive Editor of SES-GS’ Government Satellite Report
In previous Government Satellite Report (GSR) reports, the discussion at a Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR — www.wsbr.org) event that featured an all-star panel of space experts discussing on orbit servicing of satellites has been reported.
 
How Disasters Make News, SSPI’s “How Satellites Make A Better World”
Disasters make news — whether the catastrophe is an act of nature or humanity, we want to see it with our own eyes and share the experience of the people whose lives are turned upside down.
 
Accelerating Military Space Apps—Cubesats and COTS can streamline this process, By William Hosack, Chief Executive Officer, Orbital Micro Systems
A large share of satellite and space technology can be traced to military development and deployment activities — ranging from GPS to communications to Earth Observation (EO), space-based systems have, over time, taken on military and commercial or public uses that permeate everyday life.
 
A Mobile Satellite Users Association Leadership Interview—with Brian Aziz, Director of SATCOM Solutions, Thales Defense and Security, By Catherine Melquist, President, MSUA
As the Director of Satcom Solution, it’s my job to manage the overall sales and marketing
 
The Disaster Recovery Acid Test—A GLOBECOMM Focus, By Dwight Hunsicker, Executive Vice President and General Manager, GLOBECOMM
The hurricane season of fall 2017 will be remembered for a long time. The major hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, roared through the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Lives were in jeopardy as observers wondered how they could help.
 
A Mobile Satellite Users Association Leadership Interview—with Brian Aziz, Director of SATCOM Solutions, Thales Defense and Security, By Catherine Melquist, President, MSUA
As the Director of Satcom Solution, it’s my job to manage the overall sales and marketing
 
Very Small Satellites, Very Big Deal, By Michael Bold, Writer and Editor
A flock of Doves takes detailed pictures of the entire Earth every day. You’ve probably seen their photos, or read a headline informed by the data they gather. What can the Army learn from these birds and the former NASA engineers who sent them aloft?
 
Innovation for the Speed of Space—A RUAG Space Focus, By Chrystal Morgan, Director of Communications, RUAG Space USA
Lower cost. Increased flexibility. Less lead time. These are more than just buzz words in today’s space environment, these are goals that the industry is demanding, needing, running toward — and while changes in an already successful production process can seem intrusive, RUAG Space has actually found its niche in this element... a niche that addresses the crucial needs of commercial, as well as agency/government.
 
The Next Stage for HPA—The HPA Corner, By Al Tadros, Bryan Benedict and Hayley McGuire, HPA Officers
With a sense of accomplishment and pride, the leadership of the Hosted Payload Alliance jointly authors this month’s HPA Corner to announce our milestone transition.
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