Forty-one minutes and 50 seconds after liftoff, sighs, applause and cheers of congratulations displaced the palpable tension on the 19th floor of the tower housing Intelsat in Tysons, Virginia—where a packed room of spectators had congregated to watch on big screen televisions Wednesday’s groundbreaking rocket launch.
Intelsat General Corporation, Bethesda, Maryland, was recently awarded a contract potentially worth $145 million for the American Forces Radio and Television Service Global Satellite Services Program. The contract provides worldwide commercial telecommunications services to include: C- and Ku-band satellite resources; land earth stations; terrestrial backhauls; and bandwidth management services. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Bass, Illinois, is the contracting activity.
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. The Galaxy 26 orbiter will provide vital bandwidth for unmanned aerial vehicles conducting surveillance operations throughout its area of coverage, which ranges from Germany to Southeast Asia.
Intelsat General Corporation has been awarded a $6.2 million firm-fixed-price contract for on-orbit Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communication (SATCOM) services. The contract has a cumulative value of an estimated $35 million. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, is the contracting activity.