satellite communcations

March 4, 2019

SES Government Solutions Inc., Reston, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price contract modification (P00007) to exercise Option Period Four on task order GS-35F-0328V / HC101315F0008 for commercial satellite communications service. The face value of this action is $8,356,608 funded by fiscal year 2019 operations and maintenance funds. The total cumulative face value of the task order is $45,264,960. Performance directly supports the U.S. Central Command Southwest Asia Area of Responsibility. Quotations were solicited via the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule, Information Technology Schedule 70. Five quotations were received from 22 solicited offers.

December 4, 2018

Utah State University Research Foundation/Space Dynamic Laboratory, North Logan, Utah, has been awarded an $11,477,222 cost-plus-fixed-fee task order (FA9453-19-F-0013) to previously awarded contract FA9453-16-D-0004 for a small satellite utility demonstration. The contractor will provide necessary research and development to maintain essential engineering, research and development capability in the areas of sensor development, image processing and data analysis. Work will be performed at North Logan, Utah, and is expected to be completed by March 14, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.

October 1, 2017
By Robert K. Ackerman
A Delta IV rocket carrying the WGS-9 satellite lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. International partners receive proportional access to bandwidth based on their financial contribution to the satellite in what could be a harbinger of future tactical military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) programs.

U.S. military satellite communications is expanding to provide greater coverage of the tactical environment as part of its overall mission to serve the land, sea and air domains. Broadening tactical coverage requires new types of satellites with a larger variety of capabilities, and these spacecraft must be shielded against threats ranging from cyber attack to on-orbit interference.

May 4, 2015

Exelis Inc., Herndon, Virginia, was awarded a $29,500,000 modification (P00096) to contract W91260-12-C-0001 to purchase maintenance and system upgrade services for worldwide satellite communications equipment in support of Army Space and Missile Defense Command and Army Forces Strategic Command. Work will be performed in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Aberdeen Maryland; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Detrick, Maryland; and Wahiawa, Hawaii, with an estimated completion date of July 31, 2019. Fiscal 2015 operations and maintenance (Army) funds in the amount of $1,641,005 were obligated at the time of the award.

September 03, 2014

Watts Constructors LLC, Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded a $38,914,500 firm-fixed-price contract for a satellite communications earth terminal station facility. Work will be performed in San Miguel, California, with an estimated completion date of June 27, 2016. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California, is the contracting activity (W9128-14-C-0040).

June 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Trivec-Avant Corp., Huntington Beach, Calif., and Antenna Research Associates Inc., Beltsville, Md., were awarded a maximum $10 million, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for nine types of ultrahigh frequency satellite communications antennas to be used in various configurations by special operations forces. The U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., is the contracting activity.