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.
Years ago, commercial satellite providers successfully nudged their way into the military space domain. More than a decade later, some companies are gambling with technological improvements in hopes of retaining that hold on the lucrative market.
Boeing Satellite Systems Incorporated, El Segundo, California, is being awarded a $317,700,000 contract modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract for Wideband Global Satellite Communications (WGS) Satellite Vehicle 10 (SV10) production, processing, launch, and on-orbit activation. The modification adds an additional satellite to the existing requirements for WGS 7-10. Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.