Tag Archives: C4ISR

Pentagon Moving Forward With Mobile User Satellites

The Defense Department is moving forward with launching communication satellites that is expected to maintain communication for mobile troops and increase data transfer, GCN reports. The Pentagon, which frequently leases commercial satellites, launched the first Mobile User Objective System satellite in February. The military wants to use the satellites for …

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Boeing Spacecraft With Govt. Payload Sends First On-Orbit Signals

Boeing Co. received the first on-orbit signals from a medium-power satellite recently launched from Kazakhstan, the company announced Monday.  The Intelsat 22 satellite launched Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The Seattle-based aerospace firm said the spacecraft sent initial contact 15 hours and 40 minutes after its launch. Controllers at the Mission Control …

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FCC Wants Spectrum Interoperable Mobile Devices

The Federal Communications Commission agreed Wednesday to consider rules requiring wireless providers and device manufacturers to make devices that can operate on multiple spectrums, according to NextGov.  The FCC aims to make devices more interoperable to provide consumers an opportunity to keep the same device despite moving to a new …

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Army CIO: Home Base IT Infrastructure Upgrades Needed

Army Chief Information Officer Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence said Monday the Army is focusing on improving information technology infrastructure at bases in the U.S., Defense Systems reports.  Lawrence said the Army’s network capabilities within the continental U.S. are archaic compared to new technologies deployed in the field. Lawrence also stressed …

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Navy Opens Robotics Simulation, Research Facility in Washington

The U.S. Navy opened a Washington, D.C.-based facility Friday that will house the Naval Research Projects Agency’s robotics development, the White House reports. The Navy will use the Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research to test and develop robots and autonomous systems that will benefit the Marines Corps, the Navy and the Defense Department, Alan …

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Report: Personnel Error Tops SATCOM Industry Concerns

The government is concerned satellites are in danger of cyber warfare that would damage the military’s communication capabilities. However, Space Data Association Chairman and Director Stewart Sanders told Satellite 2012 conference attendees Tuesday that spacecraft operated by untrained personnel is a greater concern, GCN reports. Both the federal and commercial …

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Retired AF General: Put SATCOM in Separate Budget Line

The amount the U.S. military spends annually to lease and purchase commercial satellites is inefficient and expensive, a retired top Air Force official said. Lt. Gen. William Donahue said at the Satellite 2012 conference that the Defense Department could eliminate spending by creating a separate budget line for satellite communications, GCN …

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Lockheed Air Force Space Fence Radar Tracking Orbiting Objects

A Lockheed Martin-led team has updated a radar system for the U.S. Air Force to track orbiting space objects, according to a company announcement. The team includes General Dynamics, AT&T and AMEC. The Bethesda, Md.-based contractor is developing technology for the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence program, which aims to give …

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SATCOM Experts Outline Contracting, Security Challenges

Industry officials told a conference panel Monday satellite communications are facing challenges ranging from contracting processes to post-launch security, Defense Systems reports.  Panel members at the Satellite 2012 conference discussed the issues facing private companies’ ability to provide continuous satellite operation services to the U.S. government and other users, the report said. …

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Army, Marine Officials Tell Lawmakers Robotic Systems Work

Army and Marine Corps officials said Thursday that the branches are utilizing robotic systems in order to lighten the load of troops during combat, NextGov reports. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Richard Mills told a House Armed Services subcommittee the Marines started using unmanned helicopters for Afghanistan efforts in December, according …

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DARPA Challenges Programmers to Develop Satellite Parts Retrieval Tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has challenged programmers to develop algorithms capable of gathering components from retired or non-working satellites that are still in orbit. The Defense Department’s research arm said the Zero Robotics Autonomous Space Capture Challenge competition begins March 28 and will last for four weeks. DARPA said …

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Special Ops Seeking Mid-Range, Precision Missile System

The U.S. Special Operations Command is seeking a medium-range guided missile system, according to a request for information posted Monday. USSOCOM wants to purchase the systems to provide precision engagement capabilities to U.S. special forces against enemy forces. USSOCOM said it wants the weapons system to be portable and lightweight. USSOCOM said …

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Lockheed Providing Foliage Radar to SOUTHCOM

Lockheed Martin deployed a reconnaissance radar to support the U.S. Southern Command‘s counterterrror and humanitarian assistance missions. Lockheed Martin said the Tactical Reconnaissance and Counter-Concealment-Enabled Radar also supports disaster relief operations. SOUTHCOM will operate the radar on the Army’s C-12 aircraft fleet. Lockheed said the radar has completed more than 160 …

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