Tag Archives: Satellite Communication

Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: DoD Should Shift Bulk of Wideband Satcom Needs to Commercial Sector

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said the Defense Department should transition a larger part of its wideband satellite communications requirements to industry, Defense News reported Tuesday. Valerie Insinna writes Cowen-Hirsch told Defense News in a Friday interview before the Space Symposium that service branches …

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COMSAT Lands Contract to Deliver Inmarsat Global Xpress Satcom Service to DoD Users in Africa

COMSAT has received a contract to provide Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite communication services to Defense Department personnel in Africa. COMSAT runs a Multiprotocol Label Switching network that uses Global Xpress to support Non-classified Internet Protocol Router/Secret Internet Protocol Router services, Inmarsat said Monday. Inmarsat partners with COMSAT and other value-added resellers to …

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Frost & Sullivan Report: Govt-Military Sector Accounts for 87% of US Satellite Service Spending

A new report from Frost & Sullivan estimates the U.S. government and military sector currently accounts for 87.2 percent of the country’s overall satellite services spending. The research firm’s “U.S. Government and Military Satellite Market, Forecast to 2022” report also shows that SES and Intelsat have the biggest presence in the domestic military market with a combined 57.7 percent market …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch Talks Govt-Industry Relationship, Inmarsat 6 Satellite Fleet

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said she believes the relationship between the government and commercial sector “will continue to mature” under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Cowen-Hirsch told Space News staff writer Caleb Henry in an interview published Tuesday that the company sees a “greater geographically …

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Iridium Secures Follow-On DoD Satellite Network Support Contract

Iridium Communications has been awarded a potential five-year, $45.8 million contract by the U.S. Navy to continue to provide communication services in support of the Defense Department‘s tactical, operational and strategic operations. DoD said Tuesday the follow-on contract has a base value of $8.7 million and covers satellite-based network services in the satellite, ground node, user equipment/terminal …

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Inmarsat Demonstrates GX Satcom-as-a-Service Platform for US Govt Clients

Inmarsat and its Global Xpress partners have demonstrated a satellite communications-as-service platform in multiple aeronautical scenarios with U.S. government end users. The company said Monday its GX network worked to provide wideband connectivity for video and data transfers through Honeywell-built JetWave satcom terminals during airborne and ground demonstrations carried out within the contiguous U.S. and outside the …

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DISA Lifts Stop-Work Order on Inmarsat’s $450M Satcom Services Contract

The Defense Information Systems Agency has given Inmarsat’s U.S. federal government subsidiary notice to proceed on multiband satellite communications services under a potential five-year, $450 million contract after DISA lifted a prior stop-work order on the award. DISA revoked the stop-work order issued on Inmarsat Government through a contract modification, the Defense Department said Friday. …

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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Satellite Operators, DoD to Collaborate on Commercial Integration Cell Program

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, a senior vice president at Inmarsat, has said her company and five other satellite contractors will collaborate with the Defense Department to test the Commercial Integration Cell program within DoD’s Joint Space Operations Center. Cowen-Hirsch wrote in an Inmarsat blog post published Monday that she expects the program to help improve …

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Hughes Launches HM System for Mobile Satellite Communications; Rick Lober Comments

Hughes Network Systems has introduced an open architecture-based system that works to provide mobile satellite communications for government clients. The HM System is built on scrambled code multiple access waveform and  software-definable modem platforms that work to facilitate bandwidth sharing, Hughes said Thursday. Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: DoD Should Eye ‘SATCOM as a Service’ Model

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, a senior vice president at Inmarsat, has called on the U.S. government to reform how it acquires satellite communications technologies and move toward what she called a “SATCOM as a Service” setup. Cowen-Hirsch, SVP of government strategy and policy for Inmarsat’s U.S. government segment, wrote in a SpaceNews op-ed published June 3 that …

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Airbus-Cisco Consortium to Pursue Defense, Security, SATCOM Sectors; Wendy Mars Comments

Airbus and Cisco have moved to integrate their technology offerings in the defense, security and satellite communication areas in a new global partnership. Airbus said Wednesday it will have access to Cisco’s networking, design and engineering systems, as well as sales and technology training programs, go-to-market activities and joint service development under …

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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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