Hughes Wins U.S. Air Force Satellite Study Contract
- Contract Funds Analysis of Ka-band Commercial SATCOM Architectures and Acquisition Strategies for U.S. Military
Under the terms of the agreement, Hughes will conduct research on DoD COTM requirements and scenarios using processing satellite architectures such as those employed by the Hughes commercial SPACEWAY(r) 3 satellite, which today provides service to more than 400,000 Ka-band terminals in North America. Additionally, Hughes will study COTM applications using transponded satellite architectures such as those being employed by the high-capacity Hughes commercial Jupiter(tm) satellite, a 100+ Gbps Ka-band satellite system, which is under development for launch in 2012.
Global Military Communications & COTS Market 2013-2023
Ground segment and terminal analysis will include Multi-Frequency, Time Division Multiple Access (MF-TDMA) technologies as employed in the commercially successful Hughes HX satellite modem/router platform, currently available for multi-band COTM operations worldwide. The study also includes analysis of commercial satellite system acquisition processes and how they may be applied to future satellite acquisitions by the military, including various lease or buy options.
"Hughes is extremely pleased to be working with the DoD and U.S. Air Force to study how commercial satellite architectures and acquisition approaches can help the military achieve its tactical communications missions," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division. "We have a world-class technology team at Hughes. They will be working with their military partners to deliver a report that will help the DoD determine how industry can better meet the increasing need for satellite communications technologies and, more specifically, the requirements of warfighters at home and in theater."
Source : Hughes Network Systems