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SES to Support U.S. Africa Command

June 9, 2014

SES Government Solutions, McLean Virginia, has been awarded an $8,245,160 firm-fixed-price contract for the purchase of commercial on-orbit transponders to support Ku-band communications for U.S. Africa Command and operations and sustainment support for a base year and four one-year options. Work will be performed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany and the western portion of Africa, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 5, 2019. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California is the contracting activity (FA8808-14-C-0001).

Lockheed Martin Receives Satellite Funds

June 2, 2014

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Center, Sunnyvale, California, has been awarded a $41,206,525 modification (P00075) to FA8810-08-C-0002 for the Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) Transition to Operations. The total cumulative face value of the contract is $3,214,926,620. The contract modification is to add HEO-4 launch and early on-orbit test (LEOT) capabilities to the HEO-3 LEOT baseline. This HEO 3/4 transition concept of operations is required to support the HEO 3/4 payloads transition to the Increment 2 operational baseline. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles, California, is the contracting activity.

ViaSat to Produce Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem

May 23, 2014

ViaSat Incorporated, Carlsbad, California, was awarded a $30,641,786 firm-fixed-price, multi-year contract for Enhanced Bandwidth Efficient Modem (EBEM) production and support to include: (1) fabrication and production delivery of: a. MD-1366(U) Strategic EBEM; b. MD-1366A(U), tactical EBEM; c. ethernet service expansion module; (2) post production software support; (3) hardware maintenance repair; (4) potential capabilities enhancement(s) via engineering change proposals. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island Arsenal, Illinois, is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-D-0056).

DRS Awarded Satellite Communications Contract in Afghanistan

March 14, 2014

DRS Technical Services Inc., Herndon, Va., was awarded a $30,271,266 hybrid firm-fixed price, cost-plus fixed-fee and cost reimbursable multi-year contract to operate control and maintain satellite communications between the continental United States and worldwide locations. It will also provide help desk and field operations support. Work will be performed in Rock Island, Ill., Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Germany. Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity (W52P1J-14-C-0026).

Harris Receives Broadband Satellite Contract Modification

March 3, 2014

Harris Corp., Palm Bay, Fla., is being awarded an $11,164,184 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00039-13-C-0001) for Commercial Broadband Satellite Program Force Level Variant (FLV) terminal systems. The Commercial Broadband Satellite Program FLV terminal system is used to provide the Navy with terminal-to-shore, space and terrestrial connectivity to significantly increase throughput of data; improve satellite communications reliability; and provide redundancy for military satellite communications. The FLV terminal systems are deployed on CVN, LPD-17 class and T-AHs ships. This contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to an estimated $37,497,686. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity.

Raytheon to Support Global Broadcast System

April 3, 2013
George I. Seffers

Raytheon, Intelligence and Information Systems, Defense and Civil Missions Solutions, Sterling, Va., is being awarded an $11,795,303 firm-fixed-price contract for sustainment services supporting the Military Satellite Communications System Global Broadcast System. The contracting activity is Air Force Space Command Space and Missile Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Northrop to Provide Satellite Communications to North Pole Forces

December 3, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, Calif., is being awarded a $148,313,460 contract for the Enhanced Polar System Control and planning segment, which will provide extremely high frequency protected satellite communications capability to forces operating in the North Polar Region. The location of the performance is Redondo Beach, Calif. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

Northrop Grumman to Provide Data Link Equipment

November 5, 2012
George I. Seffers

 
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Information Systems, Network Communication Systems, San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a $20,578,917 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for ancillary equipment, hardware, and software changes to integrate the Multi-Role Tactical Common Data Link (MR-TCDL) into the E6-B aircraft. The MR-TCDL includes two Ku line-of-sight channels and one Ka satellite communications channel. Ancillary equipment includes power conditioning, cooling, electrical and network distribution, and any other integration hardware required to interface Block II B kits into the existing E6-B architecture. Ancillary software changes are those changes to existing software necessary to accommodate the new data flows and data interfaces. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Global Positioning System
 Is a Single Point of Failure

October 1, 2012
By Capt. Charles A. Barton III, USAF

GPS vulnerabilities could be addressed with upgraded long-range navigation.

In an instant, one million people in Tel Aviv are vaporized. Hamas, the terrorist extremist group backed by Iran, has detonated a dirty bomb—a conventional explosive with radioactive material—and is attacking Israel with long-range rockets. Concurrently, the U.S. Air Force loses all communication with its Navigation System Timing and Ranging Global Positioning System satellites. Intelligence reports indicate that Iran has launched multiple antisatellite missiles that have destroyed several navigation satellites, effectively disabling the Global Positioning System.

This is a fictional scenario, but it may not be that far-fetched. The U.S. military must take into account the vulnerabilities of its Navigation System Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR) Global Positioning System (GPS) and invest in a land-based system that provides the same capabilities.

Boeing to Provide Additional Wideband Satellite for Nearly $318 Million

July 30, 2012
By George Seffers

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.

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