ATK’s Jim Armor and Hughes’ Rick Lober on the Potential Impact of Sensors & Low-Orbit Satellite Technology

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A team led by ATK and including Hughes Network Systems has demonstrated how sensor-generated information could be transmitted using a commercial low-Earth-orbit satellite technology.

The companies demonstrated the method for the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Center and sought to show the potential uses of commercial satellite infrastructure for scientific, disaster recovery and military applications, they announced Thursday.

“By utilizing net-centric capabilities from commercial satellites, government agencies can allocate more resources to sensor technology development and deployment,” said Jim Armor, vice president of strategy and business development for ATK’s space systems division, which is the prime awardee on the contract.

Rick Lober, vice president and general manager at Hughes’ defense and intelligence systems division, added “LEO satellites play a crucial role in data collection for everything from weather data to aerial imagery.” Hughes is acting as a subcontractor on the award.

Lober said the company designed the geosynchronous platform to help avert data transmission delays as well as to address latency issues.

Currently, these satellites relay their data to ground stations in the Polar Regions, introducing a delay, he said.

The approach is designed to combine network management, cybersecurity, gateway, connectivity, algorithmic processing and cloud systems, Hughes says.

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