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December 8, 2016
By Tony Bardo
A U.S. soldier talks with his wife on Facebook at an Internet cafe set up at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.

With U.S. military troops stationed in nearly 150 countries, the force is the primary safeguard for ensuring national security—domestically and abroad. Each day, military personnel sacrifice time from family and risk their lives to protect the interests of the country—which is why, in 1903, Congress authorized the Defense Department to build, operate and maintain libraries, schools, recreation centers and gyms for the warfighters.

September 20, 2016
By Tony Bardo

Of all of the U.S. government's modernization and reform initiatives, overhauling the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of the longest standing and most important undertakings. This has been the case since a post-World War II era, when the Truman administration called for modernization of the department. Despite ongoing efforts, we still have a long way to go to ensure all veterans across the United States have access to high-quality health care.

August 24, 2016
By Sandra Jontz
Amatrice, Italy, as seen on August 9, 2010. Image collected by WorldView-2. © European Space Imaging

Shortly after getting word of the deadly earthquake that has devastated much of central Italy, the European Space Imaging's satellite tasking operations team collected the first satellite image of the damage at 10:21 a.m. (UTC).

Comparing the high-resolution satellite image taken on August 9, 2010, viewers clearly see the effects of the earthquake in the town center of Amatrice.

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit central Italy on Wednesday about 65 miles northeast of Rome. Many of the dead, which by early evening local time tallied 120, were in the historic town of Amatrice. The mayor reportedly stated that three-quarters of the town was destroyed.

July 27, 2016

The U.S. Air Force and industry partners are developing a unique phased array for high-throughput intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) services for X-band satellite services.

During a recent display at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Ball Aerospace and XTAR demonstrated that Ball’s Airlink X-1 antenna configured for the C-130 hatch was able to transmit 4.5 megabits of data per second over the XTAR-LANT satellite, a marked throughput increase over existing terminals, officials say.

December 30, 2015
By Lesley M. Rahman
Airmen from the 920th Rescue Wing at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida clear and secure the Eastern Range for the 2013 United Launch Alliance-built Delta IV Heavy liftoff from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The rocket was carrying the sixth WGS satellite for the U.S. military.

Satellite communications have never been more vital to the security of our nation, or under such assault. Recent increases in aggressive and targeted interference have put the continuous connectivity of government satellite communications in question. As an example, slightly more than a year ago, the Chinese accessed a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data systems for more than 12 hours—imagine how damaging this could have been if they controlled a more critical mission asset.  

March 18, 2015
By Sandra Jontz
Photo courtesy of NASA

It will not be long before adversaries narrow the superiority gap the United States holds over others in satellite technology—rivals who are unencumbered by bureaucratic stagnation and who can rapidly leverage commercial technology for military use, according to one panelist speaking at the Satellite 2015 symposium in Washington D.C.

January 2, 2013
George I. Seffers

 
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., Sunnyvale, Calif., is being awarded a $1,936,500,000 contract modification for advanced extremely high vehicle space vehicle 5 and 6 production launch operations. The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

December 26, 2012
George I. Seffers

The John Hopkins University-Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md., is being awarded a $9,403,639 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for support to the Weather Satellite Follow-on Broad Agency Announcement. The contracting activity is Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.

June 28, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $249 million firm-fixed-price contract to purchase Space Vehicle 5/6 production electronic/antenna fabrication and flight materials. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

 

May 11, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $13,500,000 firm-fixed-price contract for Space Vehicle 5/6 production gimbal mechanism and beam select switch parts. Space and Missile Systems Center Military Satellite Communications Systems, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

May 11, 2012
By George Seffers

The Boeing Company, Seal Beach, California, is being awarded a $14,280,627 cost-plus-award-fee modification contract for seven space vehicle contract line item numbers to include launch operations support and on-orbit operations support. Space and Missile Systems Center Global Positioning Wing, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

May 2, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Newtown, Pennsylvania, is being awarded an $8,403,514 fixed-price incentive firm contract for on-orbital operations support of the GPS IIR/IIR-M satellite constellation. Support to be provided will be daily technical support, data evaluation and trending, anomaly resolution, spacecraft processor software maintenance and continuing space segment to the control segment interface. Under a separate $8,403,514 contract announced the same day, the company will provide daily technical support, data evaluation and continuing space segment to the control segment interface. Space and Missile Systems Center, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, is the contracting activity.

April 2, 2012
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Corporation, Santa Clara, California, is being awarded a $54,269,712 cost-plus-award-fee contract to exercise the contract line item number 0013 option for Geosynchronous Earth Orbit Satellite 3 launch and early on-orbit support. Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, El Segundo, California, is the contracting activity.

December 5, 2011
By George Seffers

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation, Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $312.2 million cost-plus-incentive-fee contract modification for engineering support for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite program from December 1, 2011 to December 31, 2014. Support is provided for on-orbit anomaly resolution and investigation, flight and payload software sustainment following the completion of on-orbit test, Networked AEHF System Tested tool sustainment, mission control familiarization, and development test.

September 26, 2011
By George Seffers

Northrop Grumman Space and Mission Systems, Redondo Beach, California, is being awarded a $39,501,564 cost-plus-award-fee contract modification to exercise the option for the defense on-orbit support and sustainment contract providing fiscal 2012 on-orbit sustainment for both the Defense Support Program sensor and spacecraft bus. The Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, is the contracting activity.

April 29, 2011
By George Seffers

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.

August 16, 2010
By George Seffers

Inmarsat Navigation Ventures Limited, London, England, is being awarded an $18 million contract to develop and certify a transceiver terminal for the Inmarsat Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) service provided by the I-4 constellation that is capable of operation from onboard a low earth orbit satellite; make appropriate modifications to the BGAN network to support space-based terminal equipment; support the integration of the space-based BGAN terminal with a government demonstration satellite; and support the on-orbit connectivity via the BGAN network for the demonstration satellite mission.

July 12, 2010
By George Seffers

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., has received a $9.8 million order for support equipment and maintenance of Secret Internet Protocol Router and Non-secure Internet Protocol Router Access Point (SNAP) very small aperture terminal satellite systems.  The order is valued at nearly $10 million if all options are exercised. The U.S.

July 9, 2010
By George Seffers

Integral Systems, Inc., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded a contract modification of more than $13 million, which will extend the contract for the command and control system-consolidated program by one year to accommodate launch delays on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency Space Vehicles 1, 2 and 3. Space & Missiles System Center, Military Satellite Communications Systems Wing, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., is the contracting office.