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  • Coast Guard Taps CopaSAT for Managed Satcom Services to Icebreaker Ships - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Coast Guard Taps CopaSAT for Managed Satcom Services to Icebreaker Ships

    The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded CopaSAT a potential five-year contract to provide managed satellite communications services to two of the service branch’s Antarctica-based icebreaker ships. CopaSAT started to provide satcom services to the military branch's Healy and Polar Star icebreakers on Oct. 1 under the contract, the company said Tuesday. “We are excited to provide the […] More

  • Inmarsat Demonstrates GX Satcom-as-a-Service Platform for US Govt Clients - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 continental U.S. GX is designed […] More

  • DISA Lifts Stop-Work Order on Inmarsat's $450M Satcom Services Contract - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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. The agency selected Inmarsat Government in […] More

  • Inmarsat's Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Satellite Operators, DoD to Collaborate on Commercial Integration Cell Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 the Pentagon's space operations and […] More

  • Hughes Launches HM System for Mobile Satellite Communications; Rick Lober Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 defense and intelligence systems division […] More

  • US Air Force Launches Boeing-Built WGS-7 Satellite Into Orbit - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    US Air Force Launches Boeing-Built WGS-7 Satellite Into Orbit

    The U.S. Air Force has launched a Boeing-built Wideband Global SATCOM 7 military communications satellite into space. Boeing said Thursday the satellite onboard a United Launch Alliance-made Delta IV rocket lifted off from a launch complex at Florida-based Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Wednesday. The company said the WGS-7 satellite has a digital payload component designed to improve […] More

  • Boeing Tests Ka-band Inmarsat-5 F2 Satcom Service; Jim Mitchell Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Boeing Tests Ka-band Inmarsat-5 F2 Satcom Service; Jim Mitchell Comments

    Boeing is close to wrapping up the initial tests of a Ka-band offering intended to provide satellite communications to agencies under the Defense Department through Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellite network. The tests sought to assess the capability of the Inmarsat-5 F2 satcom service to facilitate video and data transmission on military helicopters and mobile terminals, Boeing said Tuesday. The […] More

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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 such a model would see […] More

  • Airbus-Cisco Consortium to Pursue Defense, Security, SATCOM Sectors; Wendy Mars Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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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 the agreement. Wendy Mars, a […] More

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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 sectors are alarmed by the […] More

  • Kratos Partners With Info Security Firm to Integrate SATCOM Tech - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Kratos Partners With Info Security Firm to Integrate SATCOM Tech

    RT Logic, a subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc., will partner exclusively with information security management firm AlienVault to integrate the firms’ respective technologies and develop products and solutions for the satellite communications sector. RT Logic will exclusively market those solutions within the SATCOM industry. A Kratos release says the partnership aims to help […] More

  • Contractors Testing Army Comm, ISR Networks - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Contractors Testing Army Comm, ISR Networks

    The U.S. Army has increasingly tested communications networks as it looks to upgrade its capabilities, and three contracting firms have helped the service branch conduct exercises. ITT Exelis, recently spun-off from former parent ITT Corp., is currently demonstrating several communications at the Army’s Network Integration Exercise, according to a company release. Exelis is demonstrating the […] More

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