The mobile craze is paying off in the aviation industry, even as Inmarsat awaits the launch of its third next-generation satellite to complete a network providing ubiquitous communications capabilities around the world. The Global Xpress satellites will deliver high-speed broadband services, from flight cabins to flight decks.
The need and demand for mobility in the field has led to a revolution in on-the-go communications supported by satellites.
Astrium Services Government Incorporated, Rockville, Maryland (FA8814-14-D-0001);
Lockheed Martin Corp, Newton, Pa., has been awarded a $200,700,415 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification (P00276) on an existing contract (FA8807-08-C-0010) for GPS III space vehicles 05 and 06. The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Contracting Directorate, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting activity.
Iridium Satellite LLC, McLean, Va. was awarded a $7,241,112 sole-source contract for hardware and software repairs, maintenance, Gateway Technical Assistance Center support and Information Assurance Vulnerability Alert services for the Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services Defense Department Gateway Iridium components. The total potential contract term is for five years to include a one-year base period and four one-year options.
Lockheed Martin Corp., Space Systems, Newton, Pa., is being awarded a $58,237,713 contract modification for Global Positioning System III Space Vehicles 7 and 8 long lead items. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
The Boeing Co., Seal Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $12,487,949 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification for maintenance and operations services for the development and delivery of the logistics infrastructure for the Space Based Space Surveillance Block 10 System. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
Got a good idea for a small satellite? NASA has issued a broad agency announcement seeking low-cost flight demonstration proposals for small satellites, which generally weigh less than 400 pounds and are usually launched as secondary payloads.
Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded an almost $9 million fixed-price contract modification to retrofit the Block II space vehicles with radio frequency bypass out-of-band cascading filter solutions. Space and Missile Systems Center, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.
Israel overcomes geographic limitations to its security, defense and scientific endeavors by reaching for the sky-space, in particular-with upgraded and innovative new satellite technologies.
Whether for military ops, standard communications or a lofty connection linking nations together during crises, space systems are critical. Enhancing the ability to monitor space assets-and to augment them with newer, better equipment-is a major STRATCOM mission. The command continues to move forward and to seek commercial support, but are the requirements clear? Is the acquisition process easily navigable? Share your thoughts here.
Commercial satellite support for U.S. military forces in the Middle East and Asia is being boosted by an Intelsat orbiter that is being moved halfway around the world to cover the region. The international satellite consortium, responding to a U.S. Defense Department request in February, is repositioning its Galaxy 26 U.S. domestic satellite from its 93°W slot over the Western Hemisphere to a new location over the Indian Ocean.